4 Day/3 Night All-Wreck (and all-shark!) Trip
Visit the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic’, North Carolina. Each trip is an IVS-exclusive, with two days of 3-tank diving and a 2-tank trip on the third day, for a total of 8 great dives over three days! No one loves to dive like IVS, and there’s no diving like North Carolina in the summer!
We are diving with Discovery Diving in Beaufort, NC, and accommodations will be at the Beaufort Harbour Suites, located 2 blocks from the dive center. The accommodations are first class, with each room having a queen size bed, sleeper sofa, full kitchen and bath. Plus a great socializing area on the deck, perfect for appetizers, and a decompression drink after a long day of diving!
North Carolina offers a diving experience like none other. Nowhere else will you find such excitement underwater. It’s true that we have longer boat rides, more finicky conditions, and greater depths than many other destinations. You need to bring your diving ‘A game’ to this adventure, but these aspects only enhance the sense of adventure that is North Carolina diving. Advanced Open Water diver is a must for this trip.
Each dive in North Carolina is an experience lifted from the pages of National Geographic. The area’s awe-inspiring shipwrecks come with fascinating—and often tragic—tales of submarine warfare, treacherous storms, and catastrophic collisions. Even our artificial reefs evoke compelling stories of navigational feats and wartime patrols. These shipwrecks—the Graveyard of the Atlantic—constitute an unparalleled symbolic collection of our maritime history.
And the fish! Unlike the sedate suburban sprawl of coral reefs, each shipwreck is its own ecological metropolis, a bustling urban center emerging from a vast sandy plain where animals come to eat, breed, and seek protection from predators. On any given dive you’ll see members from each link of the marine food chain—and you’ll see them in astounding numbers, from sponges and coral up to loads of amazing sand tiger sharks. Patrolling pelagic feed on giant schools of baitfish as huge turtles and rays glide along the bottom and colorful reef fish contrast against the scattered debris. And look under the bits of wreckage for the elusive Atlantic Toadfish and octopus who like to hide there.
On that perfect day, when the sun is shining, the seas are calm, and the warm, clear water of the Gulf Stream provides almost unlimited visibility, North Carolina diving is as good as it gets anywhere in the world.
Hunting and spearfishing is allowed and encouraged, and we’ll be able to enjoy our catch cooked right on board, or bring some back for later. Saltwater fishing licenses must be obtained with all necessary permits for anyone wishing to hunt.
Please note, this is offshore, North Atlantic-style diving. Each diver must have a dive computer, DSMB, and a finger spool or reel. We highly recommend a Pony Bottle setup or Independent Alternate Air Source, as well as dive lights, to enhance your experience. Also, divers are responsible for their own tanks, weights and fills. Rental options are available. We recommend using 30% EAn, so if you don’t have your Nitrox certification, this trip is a perfect opportunity to earn it!
TRAVEL WITH A PURPOSE
Every adventure with Indian Valley Travel and Indian Valley Scuba is designed to benefit the communities we visit. For our North Carolina-based trips, we support the Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association. Individuals are encouraged to learn how to become more involved by checking them out at www.carolinareefs.org
- 4 days/3 nights accommodations
- Two 3-tank trips (Friday & Saturday)
- One 2-tank trip (Sunday)
- On-board dive mentoring from experienced NC wreck diving instructors
- Knowledgeable crew providing thorough dive site briefings and surface support
- Stylin’ IVS T-Shirt
Downloadable Trip Flyer: North Carolina – Discovery – Aug 27-30, 2020