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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center/Econolodge in Morehead City in
The Continental USA/North Carolina

Olympus Dive Center/Econolodge in Morehead City, Jul, 2010,

by Ed Noga, OH, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 5753.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere I can--Galapagos, Truk, Costa Rica, many Caribbean sites, St. Lawrence River, North and South Carolina, Florida, all the Great Lakes except Superior and especially Lake Erie.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 75 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be careful, no deco, come back with 500 cf.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Big table, enough buckets and they handle your camera carefully when you pass it to them, and when they hand it overboard.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Five years ago I really blasted Olympus in a review, and for good reason. Well, now they deserve a big attaboy. Our trip to Lake Huron fell apart along with a truck transmission, so we limped back to Ohio, dumped the boat and truck, and headed south. Discovery Diving is a fabulous outfit in Beaufort, N.C., and we always go there, but they were booked. Reluctantly, we called Olympus. The result was five excellent days of diving, outstanding service, totally fair treatment. It was somewhat windy on a couple of occasions and we had to stay inshore, but the captain (Purifoy) asked our opinion about what to do, and agreed to make a run out to some of the offshore wrecks, with the option of turning around. Several people who never had been on U-352 finally got the opportunity because of that. Sharks everywhere, surprisingly on the inshore wrecks more than the offshore stuff. The current was rippin' on the Schurz, and brisk on some of the other wrecks, and we did spend a lot of quality time on the Indra in five days. But we got out every day and never had a bad dive. We used both their big boats, and the crews were excellent. I still love Discovery to death, but I'll never hesitate again to go with Olympus.
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