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

Outer Banks Diving/Marlin, Jul, 2006,

by Rick Tuss, DE, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2719.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 72 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions none... come back alive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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