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

Outer Banks Diving, Jul, 2005,

by Rick Tuss, DE, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 1759.

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

Weather cloudy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 57 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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