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“Best Experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Hornby Island Diving Lodge
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10795 Central Road, British Columbia V0R 1Z0, Canada   |  
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Vancouver Island BC
2 reviews
“Best Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

I loved my stay at the Hornby Island Diving Lodge. I was there for 4 days as part of a Photography Course. The scenery is incredible and life is a slower pace. It is peaceful and you can take time to reflect and breathe. The lodge itself is so cozy and comfy and felt like a home. It was very clean and bright with a wonderful view of the harbour. It is just a few steps down to the wharf, and the waters edge. Rob and Amanda are so welcoming and friendly and make you feel like part of the family. The food was simply delicious and they were very accommodating for people with sensitivities or alergies. All in all the experience I had there with the group I did the photography course with, was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I would love to return again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda Z, Owner at Hornby Island Diving Lodge, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the lodge and its location. We take pride in accommodating many different food requests (we have some food sensitivities ourselves so we are aware of the challenges of traveling when you have a special diet).
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Comox, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

I recently stayed at the Honby Island Diving Lodge while on a photography course on the island. There were 15 of us and Amanda and Rob made us feel so welcome. A beautiful lodge with a nautical feel. A number of bedrooms upstairs and down were very comfortable. I love the cozy duvet! A large common area upstairs along with a washroom and access to a large deck leading to a beautiful back garden. Downstairs has a wonderful dining area with large picture windows with a view of the marina... gorgeous. The meals were absolutely amazing and there were always scrumptious leftovers in the fridge for us to snack on anytime we got a little hungry. Rob took us out on the dive boat to chrome island to do some more photography work and he gave us a bit of a site seeing tour on the way back to Hornby where we saw cormorants, gulls, sea lions and seal. This was truly a home away from home, so relaxing, peaceful and zen like. Thank you Amanda, Rob, little Ava and to all your staff for making us feel so welcome. I highly recommend this lodge for anyone who wants that down to earth Hornby feel! (It's not just for diving!)

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda Z, Owner at Hornby Island Diving Lodge, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. You are right, the lodge is not just for divers. We enjoy hosting groups of all sorts and sharing 'our back yard'.
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Nanoose Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Wow. A hidden jewel. Good hospitality, good food, good accomodations and of course Hornby Island and all its splendour allowed our photography group to spend four wonderful days. A little rain at times but hey, this is the "wet coast". :) Thank you to Amanda and Rob.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda Z, Owner at Hornby Island Diving Lodge, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
Thank you for visiting us and for taking time to write a review. It was a pleasure to host a group with such enthusiasm and desire to improve their photography. We look forward to hosting our next photo workshop with the same instructors next week.
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Comox, BC
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We recently hosted an education photo workshop here and were wowed! The facility was perfect for our group lessons/meetings, with both spaces outside and upstairs that worked well. Our participants found the rooms comfortable and the eating area was perfect for socializing, relaxing and of course, eating the great food. Rob, Amanda and their staff accommodate numerous dietary requirements while supplied yummy, healthy options. Everyone was impressed with the options and the quality. The locations is ideal, close to hikes, the water and the little store. The best part though is the staffs warmth, helpfulness and willingness to go over and above. I wish there were more spots like this!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amanda Z, Owner at Hornby Island Diving Lodge, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
We always enjoy hosting retreat workshops. It is our pleasure when we can make it easy for the group to work, explore and grow together. Such a lot of learning takes place in such a short time. We look forward to the next one.
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Calgary
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

I recently made my third trip to Hornby Island, all were to dive with Amanda & Rob at Hornby Island Diving. This is truly a magical place with a calming, soul soothing vibe that runs like a peaceful current from land to sea. In my opinion the diving is technical, this is big water, cold, deep and occasionally dark. The wildlife can be spectacular, we saw at least five GPO's (Giant Pacific Octopus), Wolf Eel's, Pouget Sound King Crab and lot's of other cool stuff. Once you being to begin absorb the Zen like atmosphere and start to connect with the truly unique surroundings of Hornby, all the stress's you arrived with just seam to melt away.

The lodge works on every level, comfy accommodations, healthy wholesome meals and warm smiles from all who support the operation. Rob's dive boat is very comfortable with easy access in and out of the water, he will ensure that your diving experience is safe and rewarding.

For those who wish to experience a connection with a West Coast spirit of nature, both above and below the waves, you must try Hornby Island Diving. You will arrive back home aglow with many warm memories, amazing pictures and a few extra pounds from Sam's cocoanut cream pie!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Hornby Island Diving is in my opinion the best scuba dive lodge in Canada BC. The dive is big and spacious. There are many different places to hang and talk with your fellow divers, so even with big groups you have enough room even if the weather is bad. The bedrooms are nice and clean. The food is excellent. The diving is really great, all dive sites are less than 15 min by boat.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

I travel to Hornby Island Dive Lodge at least once a year. Rob and Amanda are the most gracious hosts you will come across. You quickly feel that you are more like family than guests. The home style food is great. Rob and Amanda run a fantastic dive operation with numerous dive sites typically located no more than a 10 minute boat ride from the lodge. They are extremely knowledgable on all the sites and the related currents etc. The sea lion dives they host are amazing. I cannot overstate the Hornby Island Dive Lodge experience. GO....you will have a blast

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hornby Island Diving Lodge

Address: 10795 Central Road, British Columbia V0R 1Z0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Hornby Island
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Hornby Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hornby Island Diving is a family business that has been owner operated for over 30 years. Our knowledge and experience means you get safe, fun dives at the best sites. Our guest lodge, dive boat and tank fill station are among the best in BC, so you can enjoy our wonderful diving in comfort. Non-divers and families love Hornby Island and they are always welcome to join us. ... more   less 

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