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Dive Review of Red Wet and Blue in
The Continental USA/North Carolina wrecks

Red Wet and Blue, Jul, 2003,

by Dave Morris, TX, USA . Report 652.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Cozumel, Cancun, Cayman, Texas Flower Gardens, Bermuda, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Key Largo
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 74 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very flexible. Divers are treated as mature adults. Divemaster goes in to set the anchor and comes back with report to help you decide how to plan your dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments I use a digital camcorder in an U/W housing, so I don't need photo processing facilities. Just a dry place on the boat to change batteries. The camera bucket is a bit small for big housings, but it works out. And the shots of sand tiger sharks swimming past you several feet away makes it all worth the effort.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I rated some of the accomodations at 3 stars instead of 5, not because I didn't like them, but as a warning to those who demand to be pampered in 5-star hotels and need someone to carry their tanks for them. This trip is for people who don't mind a little dirt, a little sweat, some rain on a choppy 2 hour boat ride where many will get seasick. But after you've seen a WWII German U-boat up close and personal, you'll keep coming back over and over. The price is amazingly low. The captain, Bobby Cox, will go out and try to get to a wreck, even when other boats have chickened out before leaving the dock. As a result, you'll get more diving on his boat than on others. 8 dives in 4 days. Not bad for July, the start of hurricane season, and a week after a hurricane ripped through the Gulf. You are allowed to pick apart the wreck, so many divers bring crowbars, hammers, and other tools and are able to bring back bullets, artillery shells, portholes, and other interesting stuff.
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