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Dive Review of olympus dive center in
The Continental USA/north carolina

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by guy johnson, illinois, usa
Report Number 1751
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
honduras, florida,bahamas, cozumel,caymans, great lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
none, we were allowed to dive our own profiles.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We flew into Railegh-Durham airport, rented a car for the drive to Morehead
City, North Carolina.The boat was excellant for the type (wreck) diving we
did.There was o2, and first aid kits on board, plenty of dry areas for
dressing/cameras.etc.and a clean and functional head.Excellant underseat
gear storage that was locked up each evening after diving.Plenty of deck
space to relax, sunbath, etc.coolers for food/beverages and fresh water
available.We had a  choice of alum 80s or 100s..we choose the 100s.All
airfills were in the 3200-3500 range, never a shortfill! Nitrox is
available for a slight increase in cost.While about 20 minutes from the
dive site a call to gear up a given.Once on site a very thorough briefing
was given.Divers, once geared up followed one of two paths to a giant
stride entry. Once in the water any camera gear was lowered by staff.The
camera rinse barrel could be abit larger.A series of lines were placed
under the boat to direct us to the wreck.These also had regulaters for
anyone who ran short on air.This system of lines was well thought out and
worked very well.It made for an easy return to the boat and for safety
stops.There are two ladders on the stern of the "fins on"
type.Once on the stern deck area,the staff ask you how your dive went and
helped in removing your fins, which are handed back to you once you are
securely on deck...nice touch!
We dove the wrecks of the Indra,Suloide,Papoose,Boxwreck,and the famous
German submarine, the U-352.Huge schools, vertually "walls" of
fish on every dive..and plenty of eels, rays and of course the huge sand
tiger sharks the area is known for.the dive shop is well tended with Lauren
Hermley running a very smooth operation.George Purifoy was the perfect
host/owner/captain/story teller, etc.even with a busy day he always had
time to treat his divers to a tale or just to help..Matt from Iowa City was
a perfect divemaster who stayed on top of everything.The boat rides to most
wrecks were in the two hour range,and  most dives are over 110ft the
surface intervals were also in the two hour range so bring some
sunscreen.We stayed at the shops Dive Lodge less than two blocks from the
dock.The cost was very reasonable and lended to the kamerady of the
divers.The lodge while not fancy had all we needed. A clean safe place to
sleep, fool around with our gear and chat with other diver.The Lodge is
made up of simple bunk beds, some rooms having four bunks and other having
eight bunks.Separate and ample shower/toliets and sinks for both males and
females. A lounging area with tv and small kitchen area were also
included.Free parking is included at the lodge.We have dove in the tropics
and seen all the colorful fish and corals but the huge schools of fish on
each wreck must be seen to to believed.We had one divers tank fall and
crush his air-II unit,Divemaster Matt jumped right in and expertly repaired
it in minutes with no lost dives and no frowns.All the staff were very
friendly and professional.We found meals at various nearby restaurants to
be good and fair priced.This is trip to be repeated every year!Other than
the small rinse barrel for the cameras, the only possible comment we had
was that the other divers seldom showed up on time to depart, which meant
that those of us who did arrive on time had to cool our jets and
wait...otherwise a great trip!!We'll be back!!
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