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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center in
The Continental USA/North Carolina, Morehead

Olympus Dive Center: "Atlantic graveyard", Jul, 2018,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 10348.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide more than 100 destinations
Closest Airport Crystal Coast Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 23 to 26 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco, 50 bar on surface
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments A picture of a whole bunch of sandtiger sharks hovering above some wreck caught my eye in some dive magazine. I still needed to see and find these guys under water. In Mozambique I chose the wrong season, only bull sharks no ragys. In Australia the water got too warm, the dive guide told me they disappear once the water reaches 26 C or more. I couldn´t quite believe it when I read, the picture was taken off North Carolina Coast, near Morehead, at the largest graveyard of WW II wrecks in the Atlantic. Never heard of that before or always believed this to be freezing water dives. A check in undercurrent showed some older report of dives with Olympus dive center. These I chose and booked immediately. They recommended early reservation as the boat was filling up fast and made sure for me to understand, sandtigers are normally around, but it´s nature, you´ll never know for sure and can´t promise anything. Came from Miami via Raleigh, rental car took me down to Atlantic Beach where I stayed at Sand Dollar Motel. Without GPS I would never have found my way there. Checked in with Olympus the day before diving and left all my gear already on board the sea worthy looking Olympus vessel. I had booked 4 full day 1 half day trip. Next morning at six sign up and handing out the boarding tickets started. The shop is well assorted and they have excellent rental gear, even all the new Scubapro BC´s. Went on board for tanks, these you have to grab from the shed next to the shop. This I planned only to hear, I need chips for that which I have to buy in the shop. “Excuse me”. Wasn´t this a thing which is normally included in the whole package ??? However not so here. Things get better and better. One of these days you´re going to pay for a flight only to learn at the airport, that you still have to pay for the aircraft. Dive industry will never fail to invent new ways to milk the cow. Same goes for dive guides which normally you expect to be automatically included. Aren´t they h ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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