Scuba Destinations

 

The East Coast

Overview:

The East Coast refers to the easternmost coastal states of the United States.  While it includes the entire eastern seaboard, for diving purposes, we are referring to the Carolinas.  See the map here.

Diving in North Carolina is probably the best, especially if you are interested in wrecks.  This area is very much known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic".  Stretching down from Nags Head to Cape Fear (yes, it does exist!) there is an enormous amount to chose from.  There are 3 U-Boats, the U-85, the U-352 and the U701.   Click here to read full details of all the wrecks lying off this coast.

South Carolina also has wreck diving but, as the waters are warmer, there are more reefs and tropical fish, typically. angelfish, lionfish, amberjack, spadefish, barracuda, jewfish, sunfish, as well as turtles and sharks.  

What to see:
  • Whale watching at Cape Cod - click here for what to see and the best time to see them!
  • The U-85 - depth charged by the USS Roper on the 14th April 1942 and is located just off Nags Head at a depth of 100 feet (30mtrs). Lying at a depth of 100-115ft (34mtrs.), it is in reasonably good condition.   This is the wreck that most divers first dive on their visit to North Carolina and is small, intact and can be circled a couple of times during a dive. It is sitting on its keel at 45 degrees and is located just off Cape Lookout.
  • The U-701 lies just off Cape Hatteras at a depth of 115 feet (34mtrs) and was responsible for the sinking of the oil tanker, SS William Rockefeller (as yet, unlocated) which was carrying 136,000 barrels of oil, (at the time the largest oil tanker in the world.) 
  • A victim of U-124 was the Papoose which was sunk on the 19th March 1942 and lies at 90-120 feet.  It lies on the bottom in an upside down position, but is a large wreck of some 5900 tonnes.  Location is just off Cape Lookout.
  • The wreck of the Sherman (South Carolina) is a very great place to see turtles, sharks and other marine life.  The Sherman which was a 200 ft. post civil war blockade-runner, lies in 52 feet of water about 6 miles from Little River Inlet.  You might even find the occasional belt buckle, buttons, bottles and fossils.
Need to know:
  • The water is a lot warmer south of Cape Hatteras as this where the currents collide.  North of the Cape is where the Labrador current flows south and where the Gulf Stream starts.  Therefore, wet suits and dry suits to the north and wet suits and shorties to the south.
Useful stuff:
Language: English
Currency: US $
Time: GMT -5
Climate: Sub-tropical
Natural hazards: Late summer is hurricane season
Diving season: Year round
Water temperature: 49F/9C (January) 
80F/26C (August)
Air temperature: 59F/15C (January)
88F/31C (August)

North America - USA: Latest User Reviews

Awesome Dive Shop  Adventure Outfitters, North America 5 Star Rating Added: 9th May 2014 by Millermm
This shop was newly purchased and the new owners have done an awesome job! They have added inventory and set up classes and trips for all levels. Their service department is well trained and complete the services in a timely manner! With all that, they also have great customer service!...
5 STAR ALL THE WAY!  Scuba Adventures QCA, USA 5 Star Rating Added: 27th April 2014 by mylazydream
Couldn't ask for a better bunch of people! They have 4 Instructors and numerous Dive Masters who will take extra time with a student having problems with any skills. I wouldn't have made it without them! They also put safety above all else! That was very important to me. Thanks...
Misleading business practices, owner is very rude  Scuba Adventures QCA, USA 1 Star Rating Added: 22nd April 2014 by heckkitty
A friend and I signed up to take scuba lessons through this shop for $225, which included the books. We ended up finding a better deal elsewhere a month in advance, and had been previously been told that there was a 25% restocking fee (ie: $56.25 for the books). However,...
Fun Shop!  Underwater Sports - Tacoma, USA 4 Star Rating Added: 9th March 2014 by TtownDiver
Had a great time diving with these guys the other day! Really took care of me, in and out of the water! This was my first time going on a shop dive with them and even though I had a few gear malfunctions (suit on backwards lol) they made me...
Maldives Aggressor Feb 2014 WOW!  Aggressor Fleet, Galapagos Islands 5 Star Rating Added: 2nd March 2014 by GRDiver
I don't normally write reviews on stuff but felt that I needed to here. We just got back from a week on the Maldives Aggressor and in one word - WOW! The crew were outstanding! From the dhoni to the mother ship Captains Hussian and Mahmood got us safely to...
DO NOT BUY FROM THIS PLACE  Prime Scuba, USA 1 Star Rating Added: 2nd January 2014 by noblesix
Ten days ago I placed an order online. I checked out, filled out the billing and shipping address and I received a transaction notification from my bank. After that, I received an email from Prime Scuba saying they can't proceed the order because the addresses were different. It's true because...
Unfortunate disappointment and unfriendly owner  Sunshine Scuba, Florida 1 Star Rating Added: 30th November 2013 by Knewel1
Bob should possibly try to run this operation without his incredibly rude wife. After renting wetsuits from them over the holiday they were incredibly rude upon return when they were completely aware of when we would be returning them and decided to charge us for another day when they previously...
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