|SCUBA Divers who come here from
other places to dive often ask me on a charter out to one of our
wrecks, "Have you been to Mexico? Have you been to Bonaire? Have you
been to Florida? Have you been to the Caribbean?.... and my answer is
always the same..."Why?
The wreck diving capital of the entire world is
15 miles from my house!"
As long as ships have sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, they have found their way to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. But the 150 miles of beautiful barrier islands were not a welcomed site for many of these vessels. Many met their doom here, victims of hazardous shoals, rough and unpredictable waters, German U-boat attack, or simple sailor error. The unpredictable weather off the North Carolina coast that can change in the span of a few minutes, and the shifting shoals is a challenge for even the seasoned sailor. The tragic irony is many of these these ships that ventured to take their chances in the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" now sit on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, and have become a haven for divers who visit here to explore their remains and to experience the amazing marine life that inhabits them. North Carolina is known as the #1 wreck diving site in the world, and her large variety of underwater flora and fauna bathed in warm blue Gulf Stream waters rivals popular Caribbean diving resorts. Visibility on many of these wrecks is usually in the 70 foot range, but days of 100+ feet of visibility is not uncommon.
From the Northern tip of the Albemarle Sound to the Southern tip of Cape Fear, the North Carolina coastline boasts of over 2,000 shipwrecks. Some of these are so close you can dive them by just walking out into the water from the shore, while most require you to own a boat or take a charter out. Our wrecks vary from 14th century pirate ships, to World War I and World War II casualties, to modern ships sank as artificial reefs.
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