Outer Banks SCUBA Diving Opportunities
Posted On Monday, April 20, 2015
SCUBA – Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus…And, there you have it. Now you know the meaning of SCUBA. And the waters on the Outer Banks offer some amazing SCUBA diving opportunities for divers of all levels. Diving enthusiasts come from all over the world to dive in the waters off the coast of the Outer Banks, so here are a few of the best Outer Banks SCUBA diving opportunities for you to participate in during your next Outer Banks vacation!
Boat Dives. Just as this indicates, there are several local dive shops scattered around the OBX that offer charters for certified divers to head out into the Atlantic for some great diving. Hatteras Island projects out the furthest into the Atlantic Ocean than any other point on the North Carolina Coast. Just off the shores are the legendary Diamond Shoals that are said to have been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks over the years making for some excellent diving.
Beach Dives. Not all diving takes place from one of the boat diving charters. Divers can actually suit up and swim out to wrecks located not far from the shoreline. There are shipwrecks up and down the entire stretch of the OBX from Corolla to Hatteras that are easily accessible from the beaches. Area dive shops offer guided dives where equipment is brought to divers at the beach. If you are an experienced diver with your own equipment, staying in an oceanfront Hatteras vacation rental has its advantages when it comes to beach diving. It is important to note that beach dives are much more physically demanding due to swimming out about 75 to 100 yards through the churning surf. Being in good shape and able to swim well is a must in order to beach dive.
Shipwreck Dives. Most dives, whether from boats or the beach, head out to one of the many shipwrecks off the coast. There are hundreds located up and down the waters along the OBX from Corolla to Cape Hatteras.
Probably the most well-known area for divers is the Graveyard of the Atlantic off the shores of Cape Hatteras. There are tons of sunken ships off the coast many of which sank during WWII. A couple of the more popular dives include the Papoose, a tanker that was torpedoed by the German U124 sub in 1942, and the U352, a German U Boat that also sank in 1942. Both are typically the first spots to which divers head simply because it is a classic dive filled with so much sea life. It is definitely a perfect spot for divers who are new to the area.
There are several great beach dives as well including the Metropolis, a small freighter that sank in 1878 just off the beach at Corolla and the Triangle Wrecks where the Carl Gerhard and the Kyzickes sank at the same place but at separate times.
Certification. Another great activity for your vacation is to get certified as a SCUBA diver. The dive shops can help you get what you need to do it and some even offer the courses to get certified.
SCUBA diving off the Outer Banks offers some of the best diving on the entire East Coast. Divers from all over the world come to explore the shipwrecks, watch the gaggles of sea life that live and feast on the reefs that have grown off the wrecks.
If you are heading to dive off Cape Hatteras, we can help you with accommodations in any of our Rodanthe NC rentals or rentals in any other town on Hatteras Island.