Fourth of July Weekend in North Carolina

Morehead City, NC, USA

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Jul 5 - 7, 2019
Group size: 8 - 16
Fourth of July Weekend in North Carolina
Morehead City, NC, USA

Blue Planet Scuba
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43 reviews

$450
Deposit: $200
Jul 5 - 7, 2019
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for a long weekend of world-class wreck diving off the coast of North Carolina. Swirling schools of silvery fish and docile sand tiger sharks await you. We’ll be diving from Morehead City, which is conveniently located and has access to wrecks famous for sand tiger sightings.


North Carolina

Scuba diving in North Carolina is truly an incredible experience. Fed by the warm, clear waters of the Gulfstream, it offers incredible visibility and comfortable temperatures making NC Diving top rated by scuba enthusiasts and dive publications. North Carolina is referred to as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” – more than 2,000 ships have sunk in these waters since people began keeping records in 1526, and Olympus Dive Center knows the best wrecks to dive off the coast of North Carolina!


The Diving


Minimum dive certification/experience:  As most dive sites are between 90-120 feet, Advanced Open Water Diver and Enriched Air/Nitrox are required. Deep Diver certification preferred (we can do it on the trip).

  • A minimum of 25 logged dives. 
  • At least 2 dives in the ocean to 70 feet or greater.
  • At least 2 logged boat ocean dives.
  • At least 2 dives in the last 12 months.
  • Minimum age for Full Day Dive Trip is 15 years of age.
  • For divers who are close to but do not meet all of the requirements, in some cases the NC shop will allow you to hire one of their Divemaster Dive Guides.  

Wreck Diving: Some of the most impressive wrecks are the World War II casualties - vessels fallen prey to Hitler's U-boat fleet as they traversed the offshore waters, including tankers, cargo ships, British fishing trawlers and even German submarines. You can also find a World War I gunboat, a late 18th-century schooner, an early 20th-century luxury liner as well as a number of vessels sunk purposefully as artificial reefs. 

 

Sharks: North Carolina is fortunate to be a breeding ground for the Atlantic sand tiger shark. An impressive looking but a docile shark, sand tiger encounters are common occurrences in offshore waters. Often present in large numbers, the sharks range in size from four to over eight feet long! Sand tigers typically swim with their mouths open, smiling for photos, and proudly displaying three rows of ferocious teeth.


Marine Life: The wrecks are the homes to an abundant variety of marine life.  Rays the size of small cars, Loggerhead turtles nestled into the corner of a wreck taking 40 winks, octopus, eels and massive schools of fish! Wrecks provide vital habitat for numerous species of fish, coral, and invertebrate marine life. 


Macro: Who loves looking for the little stuff? We do! The wrecks contain loads of little critters and a keen eye will find you numerous small treasures including Seaweed Blennies, Sea Spiders, Nudibranchs, juvenile tropicals and that is just to get you started. Bring your Macro lenses and/or magnifying glass and prepare to be delighted with the intricate beauty of these little critters.  


Travel & Lodging

We’re happy to set up carpools OR we can even rent a van and you can leave the driving to us! We’ll be heading down Thursday, July 4 and returning on Monday, July 8. Accommodations are not included in the price of the trip, but you have several choices:

  • Hampton Inn, 252-240-2300 (Olympus Dive Center Rate: $119/night + tax)
  • Beaufort Hotel,  252-728-3000 (call for Olympus Dive Center Rate)
  • Olympus Dive Center’s The Dive Lodge ($30/night + tax)

Cancellation Policy

Upon cancellation of a reservation for any reason, the refund of the deposit and payments made or due will be contingent upon Blue Planet reselling the participant's reservation. Any refund may also be subject to a cancellation fee and payment of any non-refundable fees imposed by the tour company, dive operator or any other contractor associated with the trip. 


Dive accident insurance is required for all divers on this trip. We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect your vacation investment. Contact us if you need more information. 

What’s included

  • 6 dives
    3 days x 2-tank boat dives with experienced Blue Planet instructors or divemasters leading the dives
  • Tanks
    Air or Nitrox, aluminum or steel, 80 or 100 cf
  • Scuba equipment
    Only weights included; rental gear available
  • Tips
    Tips for the boat's excellent crew
  • Transportation
    Travel to and in NC
  • Lodging
    Different options available
  • Meals
    There's a cooler on the boat if you'd like to bring lunch or snacks.

Itinerary

Thursday
Arrival in Morehead City

Arrive in Morehead City and check in at the dive shop. We'll get together for dinner and to enjoy the fireworks!

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Blue Planet is a different kind of scuba diving organization — aimed at providing the best education and experiences to divers in the Washington, DC area and beyond, while harnessing the excitement and adventure of scuba diving to help protect our fragile oceans.

Reviews

Fantastic trip - well-organized, great location, and Josh was a great Open Water teacher! Can’t wait for our next Blue Planet trip!
I had a wonderful trip with Blue Planet! I traveled solo and was among many other solo travelers. The trip was organized very efficiently. I had the required information at each stage. The diving was exceptional.
The trip was wonderful! Well organized, amazing diving, a great group of people. Traveling with Blue Planet is always a great way to go on a dive trip!
RL
What an amazing trip! Couldn’t have asked for a nicer boat, a more fun group of people, or a more beautiful place to dive. Raja Ampat and the Dewi did not disappoint and Heather, Jonas, and Blue Planet were fantastic as always!
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By Eran Patterson on Nov 25, 2018