Just south of Cape Hatteras lies Morehead City, N. Carolina, home of Olympus Divers. American Dive Zone has traveled there before and the dives are great. Sure, we say we go to see WWII wrecks, but half of the time there are so many fish you are spellbound by the schools, one swirling mass of identical fish next to a school of something completely different. Just when you hit overload the Sand Tiger sharks come around a corner and your eyes open wide, all this of course when you are supposed to be looking at the wreck.
Some of the wrecks include U-352, Schurz (a confiscated German cruiser), Ashkhabad, Caribsea, Papoose, Aeolus, and many others.
The boat is roomy and comfortable, but since the rides can be up to 2 hours for the best wrecks there are spots to rest and a kitchenette. Dive briefings are done Live from the bottom as the crew ties into the wreck and checks conditions. they even have a stabilizing system to keep the boat from rolling too much at anchor.
These dives are great camera experiences as there is plenty of wildlife. Our depths will be between 70′-110′ so Nitrox is a Good Idea for the time extension alone. The Olympus dive shop has any last minute items you might need and they stock Lots of 30%, 40% & custom Nitrox, most of which can go straight to your tank as it is Pre-mixed. Light currents are always present (Gulf Stream) but it never too much to navigate. We are there in mid summer so the weather should be fine, the water is about 75* with 50′-100′ of visibility and bringing up small salvage/lost & found items, shark’s teeth, etc. is allowed. Sounds like fun.
Across the street is lodging with bunks in several rooms of 4 & 8 with kitchenette and plenty of bath facilities; they charge $30/night/pp extra for this. A good, quick local restaurant is just downstairs and a door or two over; plenty more are scattered around.
It is about 15 hours of driving, so most of us will start driving to N Carolina Thursday after work, get a room somewhere along the way and finish the drive about 3-5pm Friday in Morehead. That should give us plenty of check-in time before dinner. Monday afternoon about 1-2pm, when the boat returns from diving we will start home, once again getting a room along the way when tired and and arriving home early Tuesday afternoon.
As of now, we are set for two dives per day, but with enough requests I can make one or two days a three dive day. It is all or none on that as the boat does not return to drop divers. Price would be adjusted.
• 3 Days of 2-tank boat dives daily
• Group escort
Package does NOT include:
• Personal dive gear
• Nitrox & Air
• Travel & Dive Insurance
Diver: $390 + taxes = $130/day x 3 days
This can be booked as a single diver/occupant of the bunkhouse.
$200 per person non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space.
1/2 Payment Required at 60 days, Full payment due 30 days before travel
*Note: Fuel surcharges are subject to change.