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

July, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Howard Kaiser, MO, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6155
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, Bahamas, BVI, Cabo, Hawaii, Cozumel, Belize ,FL Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 62    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
1 stars   
2 stars    
The Good:  Avery and Johnny were competent and safety conscious. 
The Rest:  boat was seriously overcrowded, requiring gearing up in shifts
and then waiting in extreme heat to get in the water. Reported viz of 50 ft
more like 20 ft with particulates in  water making it seem like less.
Thermocline at 40 ft as advertised- very cold for us warm water divers. I
cannot imagine the situation had there been current or high seas..Getting
dive partners together was difficult once underwater due to the chaos of
getting in the water. The relative experience level of the divers was
fairly high and even that did not prevent several divers from aborting the
 I was shocked , since I was paying for four divers, that weights and tanks
were a separate charge. Not including (high) cost of rental gear, the dives
cost far more than the best sites in Caymans and Belize as a result of the
extra 8.00 for weights and 20.00 for tanks. How do you go diving without
tanks? Anyway, I know this is standard in Florida as well, but it seems
like they should reassess those charges. I was particularly miffed that we
had to haul our TANKS back to the dive shop from the boat! What are we
tipping these people for? The tip jar came out just as we hit the dock and
I'm still trying to figure out why I tipped them ( I did, of course) The
chaos to return rental gear was the worst part of the trip . Huge piles of
equipment with great difficulty determining which gear was rental and
personal etc. Mixups caused a delay afterwards and only my taking personal
inventory (once we thought we were packed and done) saved me from leaving
my wetsuit hanging amongst the rental gear. We've dived NC before with
worst conditions and with better results, albeit further south of Nag's
Head. This might be a better dive using one's own equipment and later in
the season to avoid crowds. And I'd certainly plan for 2 days diving to
maximize the trips since it was definitely  not worth doing for a single
day dive trip. Total cost for two tanks for 4 divers including some rental
gear ( we brought our own regs and computers plus fins, masks etc) came to
over 1100 dollars with tip. Enough said.
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