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

Olympus Dive Center/America Suites, Sep, 2006,

by Steven Rosenfeld, Ca, USA . Report 2830.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Two buckets for cameras.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I had read about diving the wrecks in North Carolina. I went in Sept as it is the off season and the water temperature and visibility is suppose to be the best. There are numerous hotels in the area. I stayed at Ameri Suites for about 75 dollars a night. The dive center runs two boats on weekends. The boats leave at 7 am and return around 3 pm. You do 2 dives with a 2 hour surface time in between dives. Both boats have a restroom but no food or drinks. They have a cooler if you want to brings your own supplies.
The diving is all done in 100 ft plus water. It is a well run operation and makes it safe and easy. Upon arriving at a location a crew member takes the boat anchor directly down to the wreck. A additional line was run on the wreck to help you find your way back to the anchor at the end of the dive. The boat had safety lines at 15 feet and a safety tank was also in the water. The wrecks are wonderful with a great amount of both small and large marine life. There were sharks, barracudas, jacks and Lion fish. Even in the off season the boats were almost full of divers who had come from various distances. The water temperature was between 76-78 on the bottom. I wore a 5mm suit, other divers had anywhere from a 3mm shorty to a dry suit. The main problem with diving this time of year was the weather. I got there a week after a storm. There was another storm that stayed about 500 miles away while I was there. The diving is done about 25 miles out to sea and the swells were hurting the visibility. I was able to dive 2 out of 3 days. The third day was cancelled due to sea conditions.
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