INSIDE GOD’S POCKET
God’s Pocket is a provincial marine park in British Columbia. In the early 1900s, its shore was used as a natural shelter by fishermen crossing the dark and stormy waters of Queen Charlotte Strait. The calm waters of the bay provided a safe haven from the flash storms of the strait, as if it were the “pocket of God”.
Today, the bay serves a similar function to divers, being a peaceful and strategic location for the best dive sites in the area.
The catch – dives can only be made during slack tide, as these areas experience tidal changes of up to five metres. Even so, we managed to complete three dives each day, with the option of an extra night dive.
Beneath the waters, the kelp, sun and emerald water were radiating with the charm of this underwater world. At the surface, jellyfishes and comb jellies float placidly in the kelp. I was incredibly impressed with the rich array of colours. A multitude of corals and critters were waiting to be explored, more than our time allowed.
To top it off, at the end of most dives, the bubbles we released during our safety stop attracted the sea lions living on the surrounding islands. The playful creatures circled around the bubbles, some even approaching us out of curiosity. I could not have imagined a better way to end the dives!