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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center/Hampton Inn in
The Continental USA/North Carolina

August, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, US
Reviewer   (5 reports)
"Sharks and a Manta in the Outer Banks"
Report Number 8383
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Saba, St. Eustatius, California,
Socorros Islands, Cocos Island, Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Grand Cayman,
Little Cayman, West Palm, Cabo, Dominica, Mexican Cenotes
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
15   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must have a buddy and no planned decompression diving allowed. Other than
that, you could dive your own profile.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Comments
The boat had a spacious table for cameras and the staff was very helpful
and careful when handling cameras. My only complaint is they had a si
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Accommodations
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Food
N/A
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
2 stars   
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Comments  
I recently returned from a very nice dive trip to North Carolina. North
Carolina had been on my list for several years, simply for the ease of
getting there and the reported quality of the diving. For someone traveling
by air specifically for a dive trip to North Carolina, I would recommend a
mid or late summer trip. Just like the excursions to the Flower Gardens in
the Gulf of Mexico, the diving is very weather dependent. Because the
diving is miles off shore, weather will often result in dive days being
cancelled or limited to the fewer inshore wrecks. The weather is much more
calm in the mid and late summer, and the visibility is better so those are
the prime months for diving. We traveled from Oklahoma, with travel on a
Monday and plans for 4 diving days and returning on Saturday. The weather
was superb and we made dives on all four days. We flew into Raleigh, which
is the closest major airport. There are several closer, smaller regional
airports but they will generally cost more to fly into. We rented a car in
Raleigh and enjoyed the 3 hour drive from Raleigh to Morehead City, where
Olympus Dive Center is located. In the summer peak season, the dive shop is
open from 6 AM to 8 PM, we managed to get to the shop at 7:50 PM and
despite being near closing time, the dive center employee was very helpful
in answering questions and assisting us in completing paperwork so we did
not have to complete it the following morning. We then checked into the
Hampton Inn which is a 5 minute drive from the dive shop. The Hampton Inn
was clean and very comfortable and I would recommend it. They serve a free
hot breakfast, but as you will need to be at the dive shop at 6 AM you will
not be able to have access to it as their breakfast starts at 6 AM.
However, we were pleasantly surprised that they set out a number of
"breakfast bags" which have an apple, breakfast bars, and mints
and were very nice to grab on the way out at 5:50 AM every morning. The
dive routine is simple at Olympus Dive Center. Arrive by 6 AM, check in
(which was quick and very easy), analyze your nitrox tanks and set up you
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By drrich2 at Oct 05, 2015 19:59 EST  
Enjoyed your report. I was also there in August, apparently at a different
time, & enjoyed 9 dives with Olympus Dive Center. No manta, though;
gotta envy you that.
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