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Old 05-31-2012, 05:42 AM
 
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Would like to get back in the water and wonder if any of you have taken a boat dive off of the Outer Banks? Could you recommend a biz/company that does this. I've Googled and their are so many choices but thought I would try for a personal reference.

Thanks!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:17 PM
 
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I have never been diving in Outer Banks and have not heard much good about it. Most of the NC diving is out of Beaufort. The dives require long boat rides and short dives, as they are deep dives to wrecks mostly, but as they are in the Gulf Stream, I will say that it is some of the best diving I have done for seeing wildlife and general interest. Choosing a group to dive with depends on cost. The cheaper boats take a while to get out there and have TONS of people on them. Discovery Diving Co.- NC's Diving Headquarters - Discovery Diving Co. The smaller boats zip out faster and may only carry about 6 people, but will cost more. We always opted for the latter. I can't remember the people used, but possibly Olympus? Here is a Board with good info: NC Wreck Divers

I have tried to dive off Wilmington with some success. Like the guys at Dive Safari in Wilmington, but everytime I would book, they would cancel cause the "waves were too high". They did not have big enough boats, I guess. And the one time I went with them, it was not a great experience. Years ago, we got the boat we used in Beafort (the 6 pack) to meet us in Wilmington to dive there. There is a great old wooden wreck off Wilmington that looked very "old worldly" and you could still dig for bottles and other relics. Very cool.

Good luck!
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Old 05-31-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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Would like to get back in the water and wonder if any of you have taken a boat dive off of the Outer Banks? Could you recommend a biz/company that does this. I've Googled and their are so many choices but thought I would try for a personal reference.

Thanks!
The Outer Banks is just not a great area for diving, and can be kind of risky with the strong currents that even experienced divers find hard to navigate, sorry.

Though as long as you understand it's not going to be like diving in the beautiful waters off of the Bahamas or Mexico, you might enjoy seeing some of the ship wrecks. But do go with a very reputable group.
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Old 06-01-2012, 07:08 AM
 
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Check out Down Under Surf and Scuba
Scuba Diving Certification and Gear Sales, Rental in Raleigh, Cary North Carolina | Down Under Surf and Scuba

that's where I received my Advanced Open Water, and Rescue Diver Certifications. They also have a very active Scuba Club with monthly meetings and dive trips. They organize both local and international dive trips.
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