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Morehead City, North Carolina August 1-7, 2021

*** Trip limited to 10 guests ***

Thank you for your interest in the Morehead City, North Carolina trip! The waters off NC are world-renown for their shipwrecks and large animals such as sand tiger sharks, southern stingrays, barracuda, turtles, and dolphins. Both photographers and non-photographers are welcome! For those who are photographers, I am happy to offer tips and techniques to help improve your underwater photography during the trip for no additional charge. If after reading this information sheet you have any questions, or if you would like to make reservations, please contact me at

Dive Conditions

We will be diving with Olympus Dive Center (, which is the premier dive operator of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. We will be aboard the Midnight Express, which is a large, comfortable 48ft dive boat that holds 18 passengers. I have reserved the entire boat for our group, which will be limited to 10 divers. The Midnight Express is equipped with a spacious cabin with A/C and heat, a microwave, TV, fridge, drinking fountain, and toaster oven. She also has a sundeck , hot/cold freshwater shower, marine head, and dive platform with fins-on ladders. In the summer water temps are often in the mid-upper 70s to 80 degrees (most divers are comfortable in a 3mm wetsuit), with visibility of 50-100ft. However, NC is also notorious for its ever-changing conditions. Sometimes the water is smooth as glass, and other times the seas are quite rough. The boat ride is typically around 1.5 hours to reach the dive sites. Even if you are not usually susceptible to seasickness, please take precautions to prevent the onset of seasickness. We are booked for full-day charters, for which Olympus has the following minimum diver requirements that we will adhere to:

- Advanced Open Water certified (preferred)

- Minimum of 25 logged dives

- At least 2 boat ocean dives

- Two dives to 70 feet or greater

- Two dives in the last 12 months

- Minimum age is 15 years

- Olympus requires that each diver have a dive computer, and please know how to use it before the trip begins.

- Minimum safety equipment recommendation is a surface marker buoy suitable for diving in the ocean. Neon yellow is best for this area.

Most divers use Nitrox to extend their bottom time when diving NC because of the depths involved (Olympus banks Nitrox 30). We will be doing two dives each day, with a 90-minute surface interval between dives. Depending on the dive site, you can expect to be at depths between 50-120 feet. Please be comfortable doing deep dives, and pay close attention to your air consumption and no-decompression (NDL) time limits. We will NOT be doing any decompression diving.

NOTE: It is VERY important for your safety as well as the safety of the crew and other divers that you are an experienced diver comfortable with deep dives and the possibility of rough seas. Please be very familiar with the use of all of your dive gear, especially BCD and computer. Your safety is our top priority!

Travel To/From Morehead City

You have several options if you will be traveling by air to Morehead City. The closest airport is Coastal Carolina Regional Airport (airport code: EWN) in New Bern, NC located 40 miles from Morehead City. The next closest airport is Albert J. Ellis Airport (airport code: OAJ) in Jacksonville, NC, located 60 miles away. The closest international airport is Raleigh-Durham (airport code: RDU), which is 160 miles away.

You will need to rent a car to travel to/from the airport, and also to get around Morehead City. In the event that there are any days that we are unable to dive due to weather, there are also plenty of things to see and do in coastal NC that are easily reachable by car.


You have a choice as to whether you would like to stay in the Olympus Dive Center Dive Lodge or the Bask Hotel. The Dive Lodge contains 32 bunk beds in 5 separate rooms. There are separate male and female restrooms and shower facilities, along with a kitchen area and spacious living room. There is also complimentary wifi. The Dive Lodge is within easy walking distance (about 5 minutes) to Olympus Dive Center and the dive boat. Here is a link for more details on the Dive Lodge:

The Bask Hotel is located just across the street and half a block away from Olympus Dive Center and the dive boat. Accommodations consist of a large one-bedroom suite with queen-size bed; a separate living room with a queen-size pullout sleeper sofa; and a kitchen with stove, full-size refrigerator, microwave, and cooking and dining utensils. There is complimentary Wi-Fi. Here is a link for more details about the accommodations at the Bask Hotel:

Price and Payment

The price for the Morehead City trip is $1650 if you are staying in the Dive Lodge, or $2000 if you are staying at The Bask Hotel (double occupancy). There is a single-occupancy supplement of $525 if you wish to have a room to yourself at The Bask Hotel (or if you are sharing the room with a non-diver) . This price includes:

- Five days of 2-tank shipwreck dives on full-day charters, for a total of 10 dives

- Accommodations at the Olympus Dive Lodge or The Bask Hotel for 6 nights

The price does NOT include the following:

- Tank rentals: The reason tank rentals are not included is that you will have the choice as to which tank size you want to use (80 or 100 cubic foot) and which gas mix (air or Nitrox 30). The price varies depending on the tank size and gas mixture. Prices for Nitrox 2-tank rentals are in the $32-38/day range. For all tank rental/fill prices, please go to this link:

- Any additional gear besides dive weights (dive weights are provided free of charge)

- Meals: There are several restaurants of varying cuisines and prices within close proximity to both the Dive Lodge and The Bask Hotel. There are also several nearby grocery stores. The Dive Lodge is equipped with a microwave, toaster oven, and full-size refrigerator. Each suite at The Bask Hotel contains a kitchen equipped with stove, full size refrigerator, microwave, and plenty of cooking and dining utensils. Coolers are provided on the Midnight Express to store your food and drinks while on the boat. Drinking water is always available on the boat.

- Transportation to/from Morehead City

- Crew gratuities

A 50% deposit is due at the time your reservation is made. The deposit is refundable through Feb 1, 2021. After this date, the deposit is nonrefundable. However, if the trip is sold out and another diver can take your place, your deposit will be refunded as a courtesy (this trip typically sells out and has a waiting list, but this is not guaranteed) . The remaining balance is due May 1, 2021.

Payments may be made by check, bank transfer, or through PayPal (note: there will be a 3% fee for U.S. payments made through PayPal, 4.4% if the payment is international). If you would like to pay by check or bank transfer please contact me at for payment information. Travel insurance is highly recommended to recoup your costs in the event that you must cancel. If any dive days are canceled due to weather or mechanical issues, you will receive a refund for that day's diving and also the amount of any tanks/fills/gear you have rented for that day.

What You Will Need To Bring

- Dive certification cards

- All scuba gear except tanks and weights. Most people are comfortable in a 3-5mm wetsuit this time of year. Gloves are recommended since you will be around shipwrecks that have some sharp points/edges. If you do not want to bring your own gear, you may rent gear through Olympus Dive Center. The prices for gear rentals may be found here:

- If you are staying at the Dive Lodge, please bring a pillow and blankets and/or sleeping bag. The Dive Lodge contains bunk-style beds with comfortable mattresses but no linens.

- Towels, both for use on the boat, and for personal use if you are staying at the Dive Lodge.


It is highly recommended that you have travel insurance for this trip to recoup your costs in the event that you must cancel your reservation. If you are an underwater photographer, I also urge you to insure your photography equipment if you have not already done so. If you would like any recommendations for travel insurance or photography equipment insurance, please feel free to contact me.

If you have any questions, or if you are ready to make your reservation, please contact me at Hope you can join us in North Carolina!

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