Visitors to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands will simultaneously be visiting the gorgeous Cape Hatteras National Seashore. One of the largest preserved parcels of the Outer Banks, the National Seashore stretches across 70 miles of shoreline, encompassing seven villages on Hatteras Island, and providing visitors with miles of undisturbed, scenic beaches as well as some of the prettiest natural drives on the East Coast.
The Outer Banks is known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic” because of the hundreds of shipwrecks off the coast, which is the reason it’s a favorite destination for shipwreck divers, spear fishermen and underwater photographers. Every year, powerful offshore currents expose old wrecks that had been previously inaccessible to divers. The center, which is located across from Jockey’s Ridge, specializes in providing quality service and equipment to advanced and technical divers, as well as beginning divers. Training is available for all levels of divers by NAUI-certified diving instructors, and courses are offered from numerous agencies, including PADI, IANTD, DAN, NSS-CDS, and NAUI. Offshore dive trips are provided in a dive vessel operated by a U.S. Coast Guard licensed captain who is also an experienced dive instructor. The custom dive boat has a large enclosed cabin, shower and freshwater rinse area, a large deck and onboard oxygen. Scuba and weekend trips, as well as night dives, private charters and group rates are available. The center also offers instruction in snorkeling and skin diving, and numerous courses, including wreck, cavern and cave diving; underwater photography and videography; rescue diving; underwater archaeology; and underwater mapping. Equipment sales, rentals and repairs are also available.