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Address: British Columbia, Canada
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A marine reserve featuring killer whales, seals and sea lions.

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Incredible dive site if you take proper precautions

The male sea lion colony lives here year round and will gladly join any SCUBA divers in the water. Divers - watch out for strong tidal currents and kelp. Depth 30-40ft (9-12m) for... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Houston, Texas

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The male sea lion colony lives here year round and will gladly join any SCUBA divers in the water. Divers - watch out for strong tidal currents and kelp. Depth 30-40ft (9-12m) for anything you'd be interested in seeing.

Thank Alindemuth
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 13 February 2015

Every square inch on the bottom has some form of life. This is probably the best dive in the whole pacific northwest. Wicked currents, so beware. Slack tide is a short time and there are down currents when the tide is running. But with good planning, this place ranks with the best in the world, albeit cold water diving. With... More 

Thank BrantBady
Powell River, Canada
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

Diving with the sea lions all around...amazing place to scuba dive and good fishing too....my first salmon there was 42 pounds !

Thank Dale F
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Popular place for the whale tours to visit. We are lucky enough to have our own boat so often get a thrill from seeing the sea life from a safe distance. Waters can be rough so take care.

Thank TB2Young
Ottawa, Canada
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2013

If you dive its a MUST. I think many divers skip this being cold water but Jacques Yves Cousteau ranked some of the waters around Vancouver Island 2nd in the world and said they would have been 1st had the water been warmer. If you've never done a dive in kelp forest its an interesting experience in and of itself.... More 

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Reviewed 10 February 2013

We took the Victoria Natural History Society's "Mini-Pelagic" trip out to Race Rocks a couple of times. Both trips were very enjoyable and we saw lots of birds, seals and even some humpback whales.

Thank Michael M
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

The historical Race Rocks Preserve is like nowhere else on earth. Surrounded by extreme difficult currents and rough tidal waters, it is hard to believe that a family once barely eased out their existence while manning the lighthouse there. What an indescribe-ably hard life in those early pioneer days. Written history tells of unimaginable hardship for husband, wife and children.... More 

Thank muchmusic
Shawnigan Lake, Canada
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

It is hard to accept the fact that race rocks is a tidal area that depending on the tide, which direction the water flows in this area of Juan de Fuca. There is a lot of sea life around this area and if your timing is right you just might see killer whales. The history of this area and ships... More 

Thank FCFireConsulting
New York
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Reviewed 5 October 2012

Took a whale watching tour and they took us here to see the seals. We saw so many seals on the rocks and in the water.You can hear the seals before you get there. Don't forget to take your camera.

Thank NYteacher
Boise, Idaho
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

This is the time of year to take a Whale Watch Trip to Race Rocks. Elephant Seals, California Seals, Sea Lions, and other Seals. You smell them first, then hear them barking and growling, then you see them. And there are a lot of them. The island is used as a research station by one of the Colleges. Very interesting... More 

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