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

Olympus Dive Center/Hampton Inn: "Sharks and a Manta in the Outer Banks", Aug, 2015,

by Brent Barnes, OK, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 8383 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments I recently returned from a very nice dive trip to North Carolina. North Carolina had been on my list for several years, simply for the ease of getting there and the reported quality of the diving. For someone traveling by air specifically for a dive trip to North Carolina, I would recommend a mid or late summer trip. Just like the excursions to the Flower Gardens in the Gulf of Mexico, the diving is very weather dependent. Because the diving is miles off shore, weather will often result in dive days being cancelled or limited to the fewer inshore wrecks. The weather is much more calm in the mid and late summer, and the visibility is better so those are the prime months for diving. We traveled from Oklahoma, with travel on a Monday and plans for 4 diving days and returning on Saturday. The weather was superb and we made dives on all four days. We flew into Raleigh, which is the closest major airport. There are several closer, smaller regional airports but they will generally cost more to fly into. We rented a car in Raleigh and enjoyed the 3 hour drive from Raleigh to Morehead City, where Olympus Dive Center is located. In the summer peak season, the dive shop is open from 6 AM to 8 PM, we managed to get to the shop at 7:50 PM and despite being near closing time, the dive center employee was very helpful in answering questions and assisting us in completing paperwork so we did not have to complete it the following morning. We then checked into the Hampton Inn which is a 5 minute drive from the dive shop. The Hampton Inn was clean and very comfortable and I would recommend it. They serve a free hot breakfast, but as you will need to be at the dive shop at 6 AM you will not be able to have access to it as their breakfast starts at 6 AM. However, we were pleasantly surprised that they set out a number of "breakfast bags" which have an apple, breakfast bars, and mints and were very nice to grab on the way out at 5:50 AM every morning. The dive routine is simple at Olympus Dive Center. Arrive by 6 AM, check in (which was quick and very easy), analyze your nitrox tanks and set up you ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys, Bahamas, Saba, St. Eustatius, California, Socorros Islands, Cocos Island, Belize, Cozumel, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, West Palm, Cabo, Dominica, Mexican Cenotes
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, no currents
Water Temp 78-81°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15-60 Ft/ 5-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Must have a buddy and no planned decompression diving allowed. Other than that, you could dive your own profile.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None 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
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Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The boat had a spacious table for cameras and the staff was very helpful and careful when handling cameras. My only complaint is they had a si ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Richard J Lunsford Jrin KY, US at Oct 05, 2015 19:59 EST  
Enjoyed your report. I was also there in August, apparently at a different time, & enjoyed 9 dives with Olympus Dive Center. No manta, though; gotta envy you that.
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