Scuba Destinations


The East Coast


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

Shallow, but deep!  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii 5 Star Rating Added: 13th February 2015 by nickc744
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WATCH OUT !!!!!!!  Tarpon Lagoon Diving Center, USA 1 Star Rating Added: 30th August 2014 by WENMIN
This dive shop does not care. If you have 1800 psi left, the dive still ends when they feel that you've had enough!! I did two dives with 4 other divers that went no deeper than 18 feet !!! Maybe to just accommodate a family of snorkelers that were on...
Best diving experience of my life so far.  Jim Abernathy Scuba Adventures, Florida 5 Star Rating Added: 28th August 2014 by drtjw
I've been on a 6 days Tiger- and Lemonshark divetrip with Jim Abernethy's Scuba Adventures on board the Shear Water and it was the best dive- and vacation experience of my life. There is a German proverb: the customer is king. With JASA the customer is emperor. Jim and his...
ABSOLUTELY THE BEST!!!  Mauna Lani Sea Adventures , Hawaii 5 Star Rating Added: 22nd August 2014 by 1scubafreak
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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...
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