10 Things You Need to Know about Diving on the OBX

10 Things You Need to Know about Diving on the OBX 

Scuba diving on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, oh yeah! Sounds like an item to add to your bucket list, right? Right! While you're jotting that down, read up on what you need to know about diving on the Outer Banks. We hope this helps in planning your OBX scuba diving adventure. Also, check out our previous Élan Vacations blog post on Outer Banks Scuba Diving Opportunities to learn more. 

Okay, here are 10 things you should know about diving on the OBX. We hope they'll inspire you to dive in to our local waters and explore the amazing underwater world that awaits you.

 Scuba diving certification on the OBX

1. You can get your scuba certification here, but we don't offer one-day resort course-style options like the islands do.


Our local OBX dive shops can help you learn more about what is required for your scuba certification. They even offer courses you need to achieve your dive certification, beginner dive sessions in a pool, and brush-up dive courses if it's been awhile. It just takes a little advance planning to determine your needs. See what they have to offer!

Dive Hatteras
Ghost Fleet Dive Charters
Roanoke Island Outfitters and Dive Center

Couple scuba diving

2. It's a great activity for couples.

Go on a new adventure together and build memories in the making. Do something different and special during your time on the OBX. Maybe start an annual tradition, where you both come back to the Outer Banks year after year to embark upon a new scuba diving adventure. Don't forget to log your dives!

Group dives

3. There are a variety of dive adventures to embark upon, depending on your skill level and interest.

No matter your skill level or adventure level, you'll find plenty of scuba diving options and opportunities. Dive charters, wreck diving, group dives—you name it, we got it.

Sting ray underwater

4. You'll get a glimpse at a whole new world.


If you've never done it, you won't believe it! It truly is another world under the deep. It's true for snorkeling but even more so for deep-sea diving. It's incredible! If you're into underwater photography, bring your camera. See what our Gulf Stream waters are like from a fish-eye view.

Dolphin sighting

5. You never know who'll you meet.


Speaking of that whole new world, you never know who you may run into. You'll see a lot of friendly faces.

View from a charter dive boat

6. You will get to see some beautiful scenery along the way.


Just on the charter trip out to your destination promises gorgeous views of our local waters and Carolina coastline. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. 

Swim with the fishes under the sea

7. You get to swim with the fishes, in a good way.


Make the most of your opportunity to get up close and personal with the sea life. Follow schools of fishes, brush up on your OBX marine life identification, and become part of the underwater world for awhile. 

Graveyard of the Atlantic on the Carolina coast

8. This part of the NC coastline is called the Graveyard of the Atlantic for a reason. Lots-o-shipwrecks!


Wreck diving on the Outer Banks deserves a blog post all its own. (Stay tuned, we'll do that!) There are so many wreck dive adventures to be had in this area of the Atlantic Seaboard known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic. And by many, we mean over 3000 wrecks begging to be explored. It's a great history lesson, too.

Shipwreck treasures

9. You may find buried treasure. 


Lots of shipwrecks also means there a lot of marine treasures to be found. Get a look at what went down and what remains from the vessel that now rests at the bottom of the sea. Each and every one offers something different.

Diving of a charter boat

10. Jump into a new adventure and see what happens. 


Sometimes you just have to take the plunge! Dive into a new adventure and push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Think about the awesome memories you'll have! Ready? Just do it! 

You can learn more about what you need to become a certified scuba diver here:

PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors)
NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors)


Have you been diving on the Outer Banks of North Carolina yet?

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