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Dive Review of Aquatic Safaris in
The Continental USA/Wilmington, North Carolina

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Hartman, CO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5188
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bahamas, Belize, Cabo, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No limits imposed.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
I just went out for a day because I was visiting my family.  We went out to
23-mile ledge and then to the Hyde. The 23-mile ledge started at around 90
feet, the viz was about 50--maybe.  Glad I had on the 5 mm.  I was dismayed
(but not overly) that a couple divers were actually collecting live
specimens--one a mollusc nut, the other fish for an aquarium.  I hadn't
expected that because I had never dove with collectors before. I got over
it.  The water was a green color--different from what I was used to in the
Carribbean, but fine. The  Hyde is a wreck, intentionally sunk, it had
several sand tiger sharks--ugly looking things but not threatening; several
barracuda, and some schools of fish that I did not remember to identify.
There was a very large school of some 3 inch silver fish--one of those
"bait ball" looking things. Very cool to watch--in fact I spent
most of my time watching it--and the sharks.
I liked this Dive operation, the boat was great and big, not real crowded,
the people were nice.  I liked the rig they had set up--the bar at 15 feet
over the port side--no fun to try to hang onto in the swells, so I hung
free during the safety stop. a current line went from the bar to the down
line (anchor line).  So it was easy to control your descent. Good dive
briefings, I thought. I did not arrive with a buddy, so was paired up with
one--typical situation though with unknown buddies, i tried to be a buddy
but he was one of those 'in the same ocean" buddies (he was the
mollusc collector).
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