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Dive Review of Atlantis IV/N/A in
The Continental USA/Morehead City, NC

Atlantis IV/N/A, May, 2006,

by Clay Coleman, LA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2576.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Extensive Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 65 to 72 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
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 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very camera-savvy crew, helpful, plenty of fresh water rinse.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my first trip to dive the shipwrecks off the North Carolina coast. The Atlantis IV is a very comfortable boat and the crew is friendly and first-rate. The weather in the area is volatile in May, and water temperature can vary significantly day-to-day. We were able to dive on 4 of 5 planned dive days. My goal on this trip was to photograph sand tiger sharks on the wrecks, and I was not disappointed. We encountered them on every dive, and we often encountered many. We also found a surprising number of lionfish on the wreck of the Papoose. Most of our dives were on the Papoose (we also made 2 on the Spar), and depths were in the 90-120 foot range. We made only 2 dives per day, which required a full day at sea. Despite the deep (short) dives, the area was one of the most fascinating I've seen and I look forward to getting back aboard the Atlantis IV soon.
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