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IndyDiver
07-11-2009, 18:27
I am going to be doing a wreck diving class in Morehead City on July31 - Aug02. Since Raleigh is pretty much on the way out to the coast, my question for those of you who have dove Fantasy Lake is: Is there enough stuff to see there that it is worth adding another day to the trip to make a couple of dives there on Thursday the 30th?

Any info about viz or best spots in the quarry would also be appreciated.

Thanks.

jl21
07-23-2009, 15:42
Hey IndyDiver, I am doing almost the exact same thing. I'm diving with Olympus on 7/31 - is that who you are going with too?

I'm then planning to camp that night at Fantasy Lake and get in a couple tanks on Saturday morning, before driving home.

Lulubelle
07-23-2009, 16:54
Fantasy Lake is green and a bit murky this time of year, but people still go out there every weekend. I went out there for the first time the weekend before last to get used to my tanks and practice some skills before a class. I would not recommend adding time to your trip to dive there, but if you happen to be in Raleigh, that is about your only choice.

If you are going to add a day to your trip, I would say "get thee down to the coast, you have quarries with buses and airplanes sunk in them at home."

I just took a wreck class with Jon at Olympus last week btw, it was great!

I like diving with Discovery and Diver Down too, their boats are smaller (and not quite as nice as Olympus'), they are a bit cheaper, and fewer divers in the water is a good thing to me.

Let me know if you need any scoop on Morehead. Also, if you are on Facebook, someone shot some cool video of two of our dives.

Lulubelle

chicken
07-23-2009, 18:16
If your not on facebook, follow the links below to see our Morehead dives last week...

U-352 YouTube - U-352 NORTH CAROLINA WRECK DIVING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p39AZFE_a8)

Spar YouTube - SPAR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHo40xpqd5w)

The wreck class was great and the diving even better.

Lulubelle
07-23-2009, 19:57
If your not on facebook, follow the links below to see our Morehead dives last week...

U-352 YouTube - U-352 NORTH CAROLINA WRECK DIVING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p39AZFE_a8)

Spar YouTube - SPAR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHo40xpqd5w)

The wreck class was great and the diving even better.

As usual, chicken is ahead of me (wait a minute, that was true when we were diving too). :smiley29:

Re FL, I read a conditions report on ncdivers. FL is not great at the moment, only worthy of people needing to get wet/practice stuff. The UW stuff is really murky/silted out, the water is a bit clearer where there is nothing to look at. It is hot here, so I guess the algae are flourishing. I'd give it a big thumbs down since you are traveling.

Flying? You can fly into New Bern which puts you about 45 minutes away from Morehead. Not worth doing if you will incur an additional connection though, just drive the 3 hours from Raleigh.

Get on down to the coast. Some of the ops have a single tank inshore dive which departs in the afternoon if you want to break yourself in gently.

IndyDiver
07-23-2009, 23:56
Get on down to the coast. Some of the ops have a single tank inshore dive which departs in the afternoon if you want to break yourself in gently.

We're driving down, so the when and where of the trip is pretty flexible. I think I'll take your advise and try to schedule a single tank dive on an inshore site for the afternoon of the 30th. Thanks for your feedback, it was very helpful

IndyDiver
07-23-2009, 23:58
If your not on facebook, follow the links below to see our Morehead dives last week...

U-352 YouTube - U-352 NORTH CAROLINA WRECK DIVING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p39AZFE_a8)

Spar YouTube - SPAR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHo40xpqd5w)

The wreck class was great and the diving even better.

Nice videos! :smiley20:

I really liked the one on the Spar, some great shots of the sharks there.

Lulubelle
07-24-2009, 06:15
Get on down to the coast. Some of the ops have a single tank inshore dive which departs in the afternoon if you want to break yourself in gently.

We're driving down, so the when and where of the trip is pretty flexible. I think I'll take your advise and try to schedule a single tank dive on an inshore site for the afternoon of the 30th. Thanks for your feedback, it was very helpful

You are welcome. I'm glad I help you avoid spending valuable dive time in that quarry, not that it is so bad, but...when there is an ocean 3 hours down the road, why?



If your not on facebook, follow the links below to see our Morehead dives last week...

U-352 YouTube - U-352 NORTH CAROLINA WRECK DIVING (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4p39AZFE_a8)

Spar YouTube - SPAR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHo40xpqd5w)

The wreck class was great and the diving even better.

Nice videos! :smiley20:

I really liked the one on the Spar, some great shots of the sharks there.

The Spar is offshore, actually an artificial "wreck", a decomissioned coast guard cutter, and one of my favorite dives. The sharks are always there.

Typically, the afternoon inshore dives (I believe both Olympus and Discovery do these) are to the Indra, also an "artificial" wreck. Fun wreck though, it is only 60 feet deep or so, and if you do penetration, great place to practice and play with your reel. There is often a bit of surge on it though due to how shallow it is. It really is a fun wreck to dive.

SadrithMora
07-24-2009, 22:08
Unless you have a thing for unnatural environments, I'd skip Fantasy Lake and take advantage of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Take chicken's advice and go with U-352!