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Dive Review of Outer Banks Diving/Marlin in
The Continental USA/Hatteras, NC

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Tuss, DE, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 2719
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Just about everywhere in the Caribbean, Thailand, Malasia, Indonesia,
Maldives, and all over the East Coast of USA.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
72   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none... come back alive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
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  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Outer Banks Diving has upgraded their boat this year... the Flying Fish is
bigger, faster, drier, and just overall nicer than the past boats. Johnny
and crew run, by far, the best dive boat out of Hatteras. Johnny has always
been an extremely competent captain, but he seems to have been upgraded
with the boat... I think Johnny has been taking nice pills!! 
We lucked out with the weather again this year and got in 3 out of 3 days
although it was a bit lumpy at times.
The diving: spectacular. In my diving around the world I am repeatedly
asked where is my favorite place. People are always surprised to hear that
Hatteras, especially the Proteus, has always provided me some of the most
electic dives anywhere. This year was no exception.
Imagine doing a giant stride into the water, looking down and seeing a
wreck laid out 120 feet below you (yes, +120 ft vis). Go down the anchor
line and make your way to the stern passing parts of the fantastic wreck,
numbers tropicals, baracuda, spades, triggers, etc., oh, and a few stray
sand tigers. Reach the stern and start counting the sand tigers...
couldn't. There were maybe 50, anywhere from 3 to 11 feet. Did I mention
the 300 lbs jew fish swimming in the middle of them? Great photos!!
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