Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in North Carolina

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Nags Head

North Carolina, USA East

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I have a friend who has a beach house in NC in the Nags Head area. We did shore diving there. Since none of the 'shore sites' are marked, it's a situation of where you have to know where on the beach to start, where to park, find the condo or beach house you use to reference the dive, then go X amount distance offshore and dive down and look. For example: The Tri-Wrecks. There are 3 wrecks (trawlers) in one place in 30-45 feet of water that are 100 yards offshore of a beach house. Two of the boats collided years ago and both sunk. Another hit the wreck years later and sunk. So all three together. Lots of fish and even sharks can be found on the wreck. It's a great dive, close to shore and a boat is not needed. The surf can be kinda rough and so can surface conditions, but it's as free as the cost of an air fill. If you go up there, most of the dive shops can probably draw you a map of how to find it. Not a recommended dive for a first time diver due to rough surface conditions swimming out to the wreck or for somebody who doesn't swim well. The surface swim is rough, but conserves air. In heavy surf, you'll have to dive and swim under the waves or get beat to heck and then re-surface past them and surface swim. There are also several other dives from the shore. One south of nags head that even sticks up out of the water, so it's easy to find, near Orgeon inlet. A little web research found the OBX dive shop we use. They have a list of wrecks on their website obxdive they also give shore dives. They talk about the tri-wreck calling it the 'triangle wreck'. You'll need to get a little more info that what they have to find the tri-wrecks underwater as they aren't right on the 2nd street access, but just probably about 40-80 yards south of it on the beach. The last date we went we were lucky as a group of spear fishing skin divers took a raft out and had it tied to the wreck, so was really easy to find. :)
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James M. Robertson Quarry (Blanch Prison)

North Carolina, USA East

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JMR Quarry is a quarry at the former Blanche Prison site and offers excellent winter diving, Visibility over 35 feet and that is at depth. Water temp in the winter is 45. Piedmont Diving and Rescue Association offers 3 inshore dive sites to its members. To join costs approximately $55.00 and plus the dues to an associated club of the organization, that can range from $5.00 and up. You get 365 day a year access to 3 rock quarries that can offer a very good diving experience.
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Radio Island Jetty, Morehead

North Carolina, USA East

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Located on an island between Morehead City and Beaufort, parking is available at a county water access park. A hike up the beach you enter next to a fence that terminates in the water. Catch this site just before slack tide in order to ride along the rock lined channel. Lots of fish life, soft and hard corals, crabs and urchins. Maximum depth approximately 40 fsw. Top of the rocks averages around 15 fsw.
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Lake Norman Quarry

North Carolina, USA East

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Mooresville, NC
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Wilmington

North Carolina, USA East

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Fantasy Lake

Rolesville, NC, United States

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A quarry in Central NC, 15 feet of visibility in early spring and late fall. During the summer, visibilty decreases to about 10 feet or so.
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USS Huron

North Carolina, USA East

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The USS Huron Historic Shipwreck Preserve is administered cooperatively by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Town of Nags Head and the United States Navy. Nags Head between mileposts 11 and 12. The Huron is 250 yards off Bladen Street beach, and the tugboat Expolorer is to the left of the Nags Head Fishing pier. See http://www.arch.dcr.state.nc.us/HURONBRO.HTM
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Rail Road Bridge, Morehead

North Carolina, USA East

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Located along Hwy. 70 on Radio Island this dive is done at high slack tide. Aquatic life and visibility isn't as great as the jetty, but is a worth while dive. Most don't swim far enough to exceed about 15 fsw of depth.
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Civil War Iron Steamer, Morehead

North Carolina, USA East

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Near the old Iron Steamer fishing pier, the wreck lays several yards off the beach. I have personally had the pleasure of this dive yet but I understand depth is around 15'.