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Dive Review of Discovery Diving in
The Continental USA/Beaufort NC

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Martin Kelly, Ma, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3621
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
[Bonaire,Aruba,Cozumel,CapeAnn Ma ,Grand Bahama,Antigua,St Lucia,Cenotes in
Playa Del Carmen,Ft Lauderdale,W Palm and Key Largo Fla,]
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Not too many restrictions mostly good judgement although a couple who
brought scooters and stayed down way too long on U352- incured sizable deco
time and kept the other divers on boat waiting- got a good talking to from
the Capt  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Having a new high def video camera I was a little apprehensive but there
was always a rinse bucket exclusively for photographers. And they offered
to hand down your camera and take it when you surfaced
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    
Number 1 is I wish I had gone to North Carolina long before. Number 2 was
that discovery diving along with Olympus provide you with 100 cf tanks and
diving with a buddy you could possibly make due without a huge pony
bottle-plenty of gas...and no need to lug that Pony through airports
   the only negatives were the boat ride out, with at 26 miles or 3 hours
can get quite long- but if you are a single diver it makes getting to know
other divers so much easier.And luckily for me the water was calm flat the
whole three days.....
   I also think I am a little jaded with Caribbean Fish. In NC you get your
Tropical Fish and Also tons of Sand Tigers, We saw 5 lionfish on the
U352-it's just totially different than the Caribbean !    I had spent 3
days diving 5 traveling from home and getting back. The small baitfish are
another sight that was wonderful....on the wrecks we saw more swarms than I
have ever seen- in one case I could not see the other divers there was so
much fish !
Hotels were adequate at the Econolodge in Morehead City. Prices are steep
for seafood in Morehead City and Beaufort -alot of entrees at local
restaurants are $26 and up !But if you are a Grouper Fan- Go for it I had
it almost every night and as the gulf stream comes here as well as Florida
it;s the same fish- maybe even fresher !

 Also if you are staying in Morehead City and diving with Discovery it will
take you 15 minutes to get there do not undertime the ride.I almost missed
my dive boat and was pulled over for speeding-luckily I was wearing my dive
Cape Ann (Ma. ) hat on- the officer knew I was meeting a dive boat and let
me off with a warning- very nice down here !

I had met some online buddies at Rodales Scubadiving who suggested
Discovery-I had never heard of Discovery .....It seems they are a bit more
low key than Olympus. However every diver should visit Olympus to see the
Artifacts that only the Olympus owner can provide.

In short I had a blast because this is diving that gets you away from the
mundane Caribbean- the depths are a little deeper and the sharks a lots
bigger !
On the bad side the Sub dives get filled up fast. Later I also got paired
with a couple who needed more experience- as a videographer I certainly had
to learn patience- tried to help them out could see that they were nervous
checkinhg their gear repeatedily. They also had a tough time getting to

But in short where else can you see German Subs, Lionfish and Sand Tigers
of up to 8 feet !!!!!!!

No Where else but NC

What can I say about discovery diving ? Well I would rate them way up 
there 5+. While motoring out to the U352 One of my tanks fell and bent my
din to yoke converter.I lost about 1000 psi! I cannot tell you how low I
felt having come to NC to dive that Sub- well the Captain was willing to
let me borrow his - it turned out that someone did have a din connector- so
I did not need his - but I sure appreciated the offer ! 
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