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Dive Review of Aquatic Safaris in
The Continental USA/Wilmington, North Carolina

Aquatic Safaris, Jun, 2009,

by Jim Hartman, CO, USA ( 1 report). Report 5188.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bahamas, Belize, Cabo, Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 74 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No limits imposed.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I just went out for a day because I was visiting my family. We went out to 23-mile ledge and then to the Hyde. The 23-mile ledge started at around 90 feet, the viz was about 50--maybe. Glad I had on the 5 mm. I was dismayed (but not overly) that a couple divers were actually collecting live specimens--one a mollusc nut, the other fish for an aquarium. I hadn't expected that because I had never dove with collectors before. I got over it. The water was a green color--different from what I was used to in the Carribbean, but fine. The Hyde is a wreck, intentionally sunk, it had several sand tiger sharks--ugly looking things but not threatening; several barracuda, and some schools of fish that I did not remember to identify. There was a very large school of some 3 inch silver fish--one of those "bait ball" looking things. Very cool to watch--in fact I spent most of my time watching it--and the sharks.
I liked this Dive operation, the boat was great and big, not real crowded, the people were nice. I liked the rig they had set up--the bar at 15 feet over the port side--no fun to try to hang onto in the swells, so I hung free during the safety stop. a current line went from the bar to the down line (anchor line). So it was easy to control your descent. Good dive briefings, I thought. I did not arrive with a buddy, so was paired up with one--typical situation though with unknown buddies, i tried to be a buddy but he was one of those 'in the same ocean" buddies (he was the mollusc collector).
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