Southern Great Bear Rainforest

Freediving Retreat

September 22nd - 24th

Dive into the Untouched Beauty of the Southern Great Bear Rainforest

Experience the Ultimate
Freediving Retreat

Come and experience the ultimate freediving retreat with Discovery West Adventures. Our home base will be the Inn at Shoal Bay (located on East Thurlow Island). This exquisite ocean-front location offers awe-inspiring scenery and unique wildlife encounters. The retreat will provide you with a chance to explore the vast and stunning underwater world of British Columbia from both below and above the surface.

Join us for this unforgettable experience, and uncover the beauty of freediving in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest.

Southern great bear rainforest

freediving retreat

September 22nd – 24th, 2023

Come escape with us for a weekend of relaxation, freediving, and fun! 

You’ll enjoy underwater exploration, beautiful scenery & wildlife, oceanfront accommodation, and home-cooked meals (including Shoal Bay’s famous wood-fire pizza!).

Dive as much or as little as you want! There will be boat dives each day, plus unlimited shore dives right off the dock! Not feeling up for a dive? Relax on the deck of your cabin while you take in the beautiful scenery, or go for a hike up to a historic gold mine! 

Trip Cost: $850 pp + GST

6 spaces Available!

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The Adventure

Vancouver Island is an incredibly beautiful and diverse location with endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. With its crystal-clear waters, kelp forests, and abundant marine life, the area provides the perfect underwater playground!

Whether you’re a seasoned freediver or a beginner looking to gain some experience and meet some new buddies, this trip is for you! There are countless spots to explore and discover. So come escape with us for the weekend and take the plunge to discover the magic of freediving on Vancouver Island.

Snorkelers/non-divers are welcome to join, but anyone who plans on doing any freediving must hold a freediving certification from a recognized agency.

We’ll also be doing some sightseeing/wildlife/whale watching during our surface intervals! 

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Black Bear On A Whale And Wildlife Tour In Campbell River
Orca Breaching During A Whale Watching Tour In Campbell River
Pacific White Sided Dolphins During A Whale Watching Tour In Campbell River, Bc

The Location

Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay is a captivating destination for adventurers looking to unplug and unwind amidst the tranquil beauty of nature.

The bay is positioned on the idyllic northern shore of East Thurlow Island, far removed from the stresses and distractions of everyday life.

Shoal Bay was once the largest town in Western Canada, the town is now long gone, but the history and charm remain!

This secluded ocean-front paradise is entirely off-grid, nestled in a remote corner of British Columbia where the only modes of transportation available to access Shoal Bay are by boat or floatplane.

Shoal Bay generates all of its own power, utilizing innovative solar and micro-hydro systems to harness the natural energy sources present in the area. This helps to preserve this pristine ecosystem for generations to come.


Your Home Away from Home

Shoal Bay features two large cabins that we will call home for the weekend, The Raven, and The Robin cabin. There will be 2-4 people in each cabin, depending on how many couples or singles we have sign up.

The Raven Cottage sits on a hillside overlooking the bay. It features a loft bedroom with a queen bed and a dormer window. The downstairs bedroom has a double bed. 

The Robin cabin sits right in the center of the bay just steps from the waters edge. It features a loft bedroom with a queen bed and the downstairs bedroom has a pair of twin beds.  

Both cabins feature a wood burning stove, bathroom, full kitchen, and deck with a gas bbq. There is wifi throughout the property. The cabin is stocked with all the staples, such as sugar, coffee, a coffee press and grinder, olive oil, plates, silverware, cutlery, and all cooking utensils. Both cabins offer easy access to the dock, water, as well as numerous hiking trails.

Trip Details


  • Depart Browns Bay Resort (19km North of Campbell River) at 2pm
  • Stop on the way to do a dive
  • Sight seeing/whale watching
  • Arrive at Shoal Bay
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Morning Dive
  • Lunch at Shoal Bay
  • Afternoon Dive 
  • Free time to relax, opportunity to go do some bottom fishing/sightseeing or go for a hike
  • Dinner


  • Breakfast
  • Morning Dive
  • Lunch at Shoal Bay
  • Sightseeing/Whale Watching as we head back to Browns Bay
  • Back at the dock around 4pm
  • 2 Nights Accommodation at Shoal Bay (Full Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedding & Towels)
  • Four boat freediving sessions
  • Whale and Wildlife Watching
  • Unlimited Shore Freediving – line will be set up in the bay for anyone wanting to practice (approx. 60ft).
  • Meals: Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Including homemade woodfired pizza), Sunday Breakfast and Lunch
  • Transportation to/from Shoal Bay (departing from Browns Bay Resort)
  • Freediving gear/weights
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic Beverages

This trip has a 30 day cancellation policy. A 30% deposit is required to secure your spot, and the full payment is due 30 days before the trip. Any cancellations made within 30 days of the trip will not be refunded.


Shoal Bay is located on East Thurlow Island. The journey from Browns Bay to Shoal Bay is roughly 40 mins if we were to drive straight there. We will be doing a dive on the way to Shoal Bay, and doing a leisurely ride home, stopping to check out scenery and any whales/wildlife we may come across!

Absolutely! The scenery is just as beautiful topside, so they are more than welcome to come hang out on the boat, go for a swim or snorkel, or stay and relax at Shoal Bay while we are out

You can dive as much or as little as you like! This is meant to be a relaxing getaway, so if reading a book on your oceanfront deck is more your scene, or you’d rather go for a hike, no problem at all! 

Nope! This trip is great for all levels. Safety is our priority though, so we do require that anyone planning on freediving to have a valid freediving certification. 

If you’d rather snorkel and hang out on the surface, you are more than welcome to do that as well!

Single divers are welcome! Divers will buddy up according to experience levels, we ask that all freedivers follow proper safety protocol (one up – one down).

You’ll be meeting at the Browns Bay Marina (just 19km north of Campbell River). There is ample parking to leave your vehicle while you are gone. Parking is $3/day and can be paid at the marina office.

  • Freediving/Snorkeling Gear – we don’t have any rentals available, so you’ll need to make sure you have everything you need (we will have some extra weight on board in case anyone needs it)
  • Wetsuit (Minimum 5mm recommended)
  • Dive light (recommended)
  • Any snacks or beverages that you’d like to have over the weekend
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses/ Bug Spray
  • Camera

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