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

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Karren & Tom Darone, VA, US
Report Number 781
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
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,
particularly the dive reports page...and the dive photos page...and Ann's
seashell page...  
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