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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center/America Suites in
The Continental USA/North Carolina

September, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Rosenfeld, Ca, USA
Report Number 2830
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 40    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Two buckets for cameras.  
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
I had read about diving the wrecks in North Carolina.  I went in Sept as it
is the off season and the water temperature and visibility is suppose to be
the best.  There are numerous hotels in the area.  I stayed at Ameri Suites
for about 75 dollars a night.  The dive center runs two boats on weekends. 
The boats leave at 7 am and return around 3 pm.  You do 2 dives with a 2
hour surface time in between dives.  Both boats have a restroom but no food
or drinks.  They have a cooler if you want to brings your own supplies.
The diving is all done in 100 ft plus water.   It is a well run operation
and makes it safe and easy.  Upon arriving at a location a crew member
takes the boat anchor directly down to the wreck.  A additional line was
run on the wreck to help you find your way back to the anchor at the end of
the dive.  The boat had safety lines at 15 feet and a safety tank was also
in the water.  The wrecks are wonderful with a great amount of both small
and large marine life.  There were sharks, barracudas, jacks and Lion fish.
 Even in the off season the boats were almost full of divers who had come
from various distances.  The water temperature was between 76-78 on the
bottom.  I wore a 5mm suit, other divers had anywhere from a 3mm shorty to
a dry suit.  The main problem with diving this time of year was the
weather.  I got there a week after a storm.  There was another storm that
stayed about 500 miles away while I was there.  The diving is done about 25
miles out to sea and the swells were hurting the visibility.  I was able to
dive 2 out of 3 days.  The third day was cancelled due to sea conditions.
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