Wreck Diving in North Carolina

Morehead City, NC, USA

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Blue Planet Scuba
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Aug 17 - 21, 2022
Group size: 8 - 16
Wreck Diving in North Carolina
Morehead City, NC, USA

Blue Planet Scuba
  • Facebook verified
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79 reviews

$NaN
Aug 17 - 21, 2022
Group size: 8 - 16

About this trip

Join Blue Planet for 4 days 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. Learn more more about these fascinating animals and the threats they face; take the AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty on the trip!


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. You can get so much more out of these dives when you take the AWARE Fish ID Specialty with a focus on the South Atlantic States on the trip!


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

Transportation and accommodations are not included in the price of the trip. However we’re happy to set up carpools! We’ll be heading down Wednesday, August 17 and returning on Sunday, August 21.


Here are options for accommodation:

  • Bask Hotel, 252-499-9200 (Olympus Dive Center Rate: starting at $149/night + tax)
  • Hampton Inn, 252-240-2300 (Olympus Dive Center Rate: $92/night + tax)
  • Olympus Dive Center’s The Dive Lodge ($40/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 of $100 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

  • 8 dives
    4 days x 2-tank full-day boat trips
  • Weights
    Dive weights if you don't have your own
  • Blue Planet guides
    Experienced Blue Planet dive pros will be available to dive with you and to coordinate fun topside activities
  • 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

Wednesday
Arrival in Morehead City

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

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As someone new to diving, this was the perfect open water certification trip! I was a bit nervous on my first dive, but that anxiety quickly turned to excitement - primarily due to Ryan's patient and encouraging approach to the certification dives. Ultimately, because of Jen and Ryan's excellent instruction, I felt confident enough to close the trip with a night dive (which is easily one of the coolest things I've ever experienced)! We also had an excellent boat crew - Brett delivered thorough pre-dive briefs and sometimes joined us on the dives while Roy expertly navigated the boat with a warm, friendly presence. From the beautiful resort to the fun and welcoming group of divers on the trip, I can't imagine a better first scuba diving experience.
By Libby P for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 09 May, 2022
We are so thrilled you had a amazing time, Libby!! We hope it’s just the beginning of your adventures underwater. Thank you so much!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 10 May, 2022
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Had such a great time!
By Yesha C for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 06 May, 2022
Thanks so much, Yesha! We're so glad you could join us!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 07 May, 2022
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Trip was absolutely fantastic. Resort was perfect, lots of great food both on and off the resort. Blue Planet, Ryan and Jen made us feel at home and I can’t think of anything that would have improved the trip. St Maarten’s slogan of “The Friendly Island” could not have been more true.
By Brandon L for Weekend Getaway to St Maarten on 05 May, 2022
Thank you so much for adventuring with us, Brandon! We’re so glad you had a blast.
By Blue Planet Scuba on 05 May, 2022
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Terrific diving. Rich colors, great dive staff. Trip complicated by weather, resulting in day late arrival in Cozumel. I previously paid for an additional night so was able to complete all three days diving. Blue Planet did a great job managing the changes and supporting those of us not taking classes. Among the most glorious colors and variety Ive seen so far. Huge fish. Big thanks to Blue Planet.
By yvonne t for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on 28 Mar, 2022
We're so glad you joined us in Cozumel! It's such an amazing place to dive. To bad we can't control the weather, but it seems like everyone still made the most of it and had a good time! We'll look forward to seeing you on the next adventure!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 29 Mar, 2022
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Awesome experience! I was a solo traveler and completely novice to diving and felt very well taken care of by the instructors. I also met a lot of really nice people that I look forward to seeing again! I will be looking out for another dive trip with this group and I’m so happy I found them!
By Elsbeth M for March Certification Weekend in Cozumel on 25 Mar, 2022
Thanks so much, Elsbeth! We're so glad you could join us. And congratulations on earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification! Welcome to the Blue Planet family of divers and we look forward to more adventures with you!
By Blue Planet Scuba on 25 Mar, 2022
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