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Dive Review of Atlantic Beach Diving/None in
The Continental USA/Morehead City, North Carolina

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jon Armiger, MD, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 4291
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Lauderdale, Mexico, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Let the captain know how long you will be down.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera bucket, DM gave directions on bucket during briefing.  Cabin area of
boat was large and allowed for plenty of dry space to work on camera.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
This was second trip to Morehead and first in 10 years.  This diving is not
for the beginner.  AOW plus nitrox is a must if you want to get the most
out of your dives.  Depths are deep.  100 plus on every dive.  All was done
approx. 25-30 miles out.  It is a 2-1/2 hrs boat ride each way.  Atlantic
Beach diving is a solo boat operation.  The boat, Mutiny, is owned by three
people.  The boat is kept at the Olympus Dive Center in downtown Morehead. 
Boat leaves early, 6AM.  

First two dives were on the Papoose.  This is a classic wreck in the area
and during my last visit was known for Sand Tiger shark encounters.  Some
bad spearfishing incidents have scared them away.  We did see two huge
stingrays and a ton of lionfish.  Of course the barracuda here are big and
plentiful.  Vis was a little disapointing maybe 50 feet.  Papoose has some
good swimthroughs.  Very good coral growth.

Third dive was on the famous U boat.  This was an awesome dive.  Great vis
70+ft.  You could see the tower from the bow.  Bait fish were everywhere. 
The U boat was sunk by a Coast Guard depth charge.  IT is cool swimming
with all that history.  Wreck itself had alot of growth.  We saw an octupus
and spotted eel.  Lot of baracuda.  U-boat depth is approx. 115ft.  

Fourth Dive was on the Spar.  This is part of the artficial reef program. 
It was a coast guard vessel, and now is home to the Sand Tiger.  Vis on
this dive was very disapointing, maybe 30 feet.  Started the dive in the
sand making our way around the ship.  There was a pretty good current on
the port side.  We then came up onto the deck and noticed a cargo hold.  I
motioned to my buddy asking where all the sharks were.  I swam over to the
hold and was about to look in and meet a sand tiger face to face.  With in
5 minutes there were five sharks circling the hold.  Vis cut down on pic
opurtunities so I took video.  After ten minutes we started around the
substructure.  Lots of fish and little growth.  It almost looks like a
ghost ship.  We came back to the cargo hold and dropped into the ship.  We
started back into a room, I stopped here my 2 buddies went through the room
up the stairs, and out a side exit.  During the safety stops there was a
school of over 50 baracuda.  Giant, some maybe 5 ft long.  Very cool how
they poistion themselves into the current and don't move.  All in all a
good wreck, espically for shark seeing.  Some people on the dive found
shark teeth. 

People on the boat used everything from LP 112 steel 30%nitrox to
rebreathers.  This is big boy diving.  Seas can get rough and depth and
current can be issues.  This is a very good place to see large palegics. 
Ten years ago I saw a lone Manta Ray as I was going up the line.  Sharks
plus history make this a special place.  
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