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Dive Review of Dive Hatteras in
The Continental USA/Hatteras

August, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by B. Manning, DE, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6424
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
NJ, NC, RI, MD, FL, Aruba, Grand Cayman...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive safe - clear computers and complete all DECO/safety stops.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Camera rise bucket provided.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Chartered the Lion's Paw dive boat for a weekend of diving in August 2011
with a group of buddies - $840 per day for the entie boat - you fill it!. 
Boat is a very nice 6-pack owned and operated by Dave Sommers.  Dave asked
us where and what we wanted to dive and then did his best to find us some
nice clear blue water out in the Gulf-Steam  with a wreck on the bottom! 
Dave runs a great charter and has a very nice boat.  Conditions the first
day were near perfect but the second day was a blow-out.  To Dave's credit
he gave us the option of going the second day, perhaps hitting a more
in-shore wreck, knowing he would not make any $$$ if we opted-out (which we
did - good thing). Dave has facilities to fill takes overnight right on the
dock (air/nitrox) for a reasonable price.  Everyone in my group had a great
dive and we look forward to going again.  The post-dive pineapple served on
a fin was a nice touch too!  A group charter is best, but Dave does take
walk-ons.  Conditions of Hatteras can change rapidly so wreck/deep/open
ocean experience is a must.   
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