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Dive Review of Dive Hatteras/N/A in
The Continental USA/Hatteras, North Carolina

Dive Hatteras/N/A, Jun, 2003,

by Karren & Tom Darone, VA, US . Report 781.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman; Bonaire; Cozumel; Puerto Rico; Palm Beach & Key Largo in Florida; Morehead City in NC
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 74 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The Akyla is a weekend charter boat, and she takes only six divers of relatively matched skill levels. A detailed dive briefing is provided as well as an extensive safety briefing. Your C-cards WILL BE checked!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Typical North Carolina diving....changeable On the first day, the water enroute to the wrecks was choppy as heck; got down to the British Splendour at 104' and found ourselves in 100' viz. Saw 5-6 sand tiger sharks, big sting ray, lots of variegated sea cucumbers, eels, cobia, barracuda, three scorpionfish. Definite thermocline at 69'. Accidentally brought up a tiny octopus, 1-1/2" at most, along with some marvelous seashells. Carefully sloshed him back into the sea. Dave and Ann Sommers (owner-operators) dove during our SI of 2:47, and then we were back in the water at the F. W. Abrams. It was murky and green at 85' and viz was down to 20-25'. Found a shark tooth and what I swore was a splendid toadfish, only they don't live off North Carolina. Lots and lots of jellyfish in the top 40 feet of water. Our dive guide, Cliff, caught a cobia that we all shared for dinner back at the "motel" that evening. Next day, skies looked dark and threatening but the waters were dead calm. We dove the Dixie Arrow at 90' twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was light current in the midwater but quiet on the wreck. Saw more sand tiger sharks and loads of toadfish! (Maybe not "splendid" but certainly toadfish!) Saw more scorpionfish, barracuda, greater amberjack, sting ray, grunts by the millions, and a friendly turtle with more curious barracuda at the safety stop. Today the thermocline was hovering at 55'. The second dive, after a surface interval of 1:35, was incredible. Seven sand tiger sharks at one time really pushed my comfort level, but the octopus we saw first under the stern and later on top of the wreck was outstanding. We even started to recognize the barracuda that hung out at the safety stop with us, particularly the six-foot one with the hook stuck in the side of his head. Check out Dave and Ann's website at www.divehatteras.com, particularly the dive reports page...and the dive photos page...and Ann's seashell page...
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