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Dive Review of Olympus Dive Center/Holiday Inn Express in
The Continental USA/North Carolina coast

Olympus Dive Center/Holiday Inn Express, Jul, 2013,

by David Schwab, AE, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7089.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I would dive with the Olympus Dive Center any time. Very professional crews; two tank dives on some very challenging wrecks. Water temp at depth (30m) was a very comfortable 80*F. I was alone and was assigned to dive with one of the DM who was accompanying another diver . . . she gave a nice tour of the wreck "Aeolus". Lots of Sand Tigers on the "Aeolus", great photo ops. Same with wrecks "U-352" and "Hardees". Well managed operation . . . safety a top concern, plenty of room on the boat, concern for personal equipment and assistance for those who forgot equipment. These are deep dives requiring use of a shot line; the dive center rigged an interesting array of lines leading directly to the anchor line and the wreck. First class retail and maintenance facilities. Downsides: dive sites get crowded during the high season, long boat trips to the dive sites requiring a 0630 report time. Worth a return trip, especially for wreckies.
Websites Olympus Dive Center   Holiday Inn Express

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, England, Scotland, Norway, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Malta, Red Sea, Maldives, Hawaii, Missouri
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 7-10 M / 23-33 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits, time, no deco
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Had a separate table and wash bucket for cameras, but other things were put on the table (DM put his coffee there) and the bucket was way too small. Crew handled camera equipment carefully.
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