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Dive Review of Outer Banks Diving in
The Continental USA/North Carolina

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Tuss, DE, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 1759
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Sangalaki, Tioman, Similians, Maldives, Provo, Grand Turk,
Bonaire, Roatan, Grand Cayman, Cay Sal Bank, Manado, Keys, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
57   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Few restrictions were placed on experienced divers. The Outer Banks crew is
great at accessing capability and letting you do your own thing.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 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 $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
We have been diving out of Hatteras every July 4 for the last 8 years. Due
to the weather, it's rare to squeeze in 3 staight days of good diving, but
we've done it two years in a row. The only real problem on this trip was
the water temp up on Diamond Shoals... the bottom temp on the Australia was
57 F!! Great for a dry suit, but not nice in a 3mm wetsuit. 

As always, a big draw is the abundance of sand tigers... beautiful, big,
and graceful. Although we dived the Dixie Arrow a couple times, it still
provides good life with lots to see and loads of bottom time. We did make
it out to my all time favorite dive site, the Proteus. I have always had
great dives on the Proteus and this was no exception... 10 foot sand
tigers, loggerhead turle, goliathan grouper, angels, triggers, black
bass... you name it and it was there. 

Oh, for those of you that get worried about the 57 F on the Australia, the
bottom temp on all the other dives, including the Proteus, never dropped
below 73 F and were normally around 75 F. Plently warm for a 3mm

Oh, and the Outer Banks Diving crew on the Bayou Runner... fantastic.
Really a first rate bunch of folks, including Johnny, the owner and
captain. He did a fantastic job of captaining and customer service. 

If you are a little tired of the tropical thing, but are addicted to the
warmer water, try some super wreck diving in Hatteras. 
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