May 25th – May 28th 2017
The 2017 North Carolina's Wreck Trek is our fifth annual trip to see the sharks and wrecks of the outer banks of North Carolina. The outer banks are home to a wealth of artificial wreaths, sand tiger sharks and clear blue seas! This trip consists of three full days of diving and is friendly for both recreational and tech divers!
*Divers are required to hold an advanced certification or above, if you're not sure of your certification level, or want to build up some experience before going, let us know - we're here to help!
The Diving: Outer Banks, North Carolina
North Carolina is home to some pretty epic wreck diving. Each wreck has a tale to tell - some where sunk as artificial reefs while others fell fate to more grim circumstances. One of the most notable is the German U-boat that rests at 100ft - ask any of the crew members on the boat to learn it's history! The wrecks are also home to an incredibly diverse ecosystem with the diver-friendly sand tiger sharks at the top of the food chain. Schools of sand tiger sharks have been known to hang around many of the wrecks and will get remarkably close to the divers (they love posing for photos!). Schools of bait fish, rays, and corals are also common sights and just add to the wreck-tacular wonderland! The water temps at the end of May are a balmy 65-75 degrees and visibility ranges from 30-70ft so no Drysuit necessary!
The Area: Beaufort, North Carolina
Discovery Diving in located in Beaufort, NC. Beaufort, the 3rd oldest town in North Carolina, is an awesome beach town to hang out in after a dive. It is on the inner banks of North Carolina and has some beautiful coastline to explore and fun restaurants. The dive shop is full service and can fill both regular air and Nitrox (from a pre-mixed 32% bank). Nitrox is highly recommended for this trip as most of the wrecks lay between 75 and 100ft. Post Dive days are typically spent wondering the town, decompressing with a drink and a BBQ in front of the dive shop that everyone is welcome to.
Fun Fact: Blackbeard ran his flagship, The Queen Anne’s Revenge, aground near Beaufort in 1718. It is now a historic landmark and diving on it is very restricted (so unfortunately, there will be no plundering for dabloons in these waters).
Dive Center: Discovery Diving
The Accommodations: Our go-to accommodations are the bunkhouse right next to the marina. The bunkhouses bring you back to the days of sleep-away summer camp. They have a full kitchen and have multiple bunkbeds in each room. On most evenings we do a BBQ right outside.
If you are looking for a more private experience there is a hotel right next to the marina as well. Each room has a queen bed and pull out sofa. To book this option or to learn more about pricing please contact Max either at the shop or at Max@ecdivers.com
The Dive Facility: Discovery Diving is one of Beaufort’s premier dive centers. They are located steps away from the marina and provide every service that you will need. After the dive day is done simply drop your tanks off with them and pick them up in the morning-no need to wait around! The shop even has a fully stocked beer cooler! The boat comfortably fits our entire group. There are tank racks and benches for gear setup/breakdown. There is a spacious cabin with benches and tables for everyone as well as a sunning deck to hang out on during the surface intervals.