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

Olympus Dive Center, Aug, 2011,

by C Leroy Anderson, UT, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6182.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Everywhere.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, dive was diver's personal responsibility.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 2 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments They do have water buckets on the boat and are careful with your cameras.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Last week I had the chance of doing some wreck diving in North Carolina. The diving is hit and miss depending on currents, surface winds, overall weather, and visibility. But when it all comes together it is incredible diving. There are many magnificent wrecks due to U boat activity during World War 2. And since they stopped long line fishing for sharks in the area, the shark population has rebounded wonderfully, with many of the wrecks supporting great shark diving opportunities. The sharks are docile and magnificent to view in their natural environment. There is no need for chumming to attract the sharks here, these are all natural interactions. We also saw large loggerhead turtles, did our safety stops among schools of great barracuda, and had the marvelous opportunity of snorkeling with wild dolphins. I was thrilled on many occaisions to be with the sharks on these rugged wrecks while being swarmed by incredibly thick schools of baitfish. Incredible! I went diving with the Olympus Dive Center in Morehead City, and also with Outer Banks Diving, Hattaras, North Carolina. See my small sample video on youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ueSzlHFtjE
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