Had a fantastic day diving with Olympus end of October. We caught them winding down to weekends for the season. B-lined it from Norfolk, VA to make sure we caught U-352 WWII U-boat.
We were not disappointed!
The most professional dive operator we have ever been out with! This is a good thing. They take your safety and enjoyment seriously. .
Olympus is large-ish (20 peeps), but we traveled for 1.5 hrs to get to Dive site and we had room for everyone without being on top of one another. Well appointed with nice bellow deck area & head.
2-tank advanced, deep dives, Nitrox: WWII U-352 & Icarus Coast Guard Cutter
U-352: 95-115'; 50' viz, slight current
We are not big wreck divers, but after visiting Norfolk Naval base & maritime museum, & finding out about the sub, we had to Dive it. We prefer historical wrecks to artificial ones. tied off at how. Could see torpedo tubes, dive planes, conning tower, etc. Got lucky with sand tiger sharks here as well. Very fishy with bait fish.
Icarus: 95-115'; 60' viz, slight current
Artificial wreck. 10+ sand tiger sharks! These are docile & bottom feeders. They look mean but are docile bottom feeders (think related to nurse sharks). They came within 3' of us! Always calm. Just curious....loved every second with them. Extremely fishy Dive! Wreck is deviant, but you are hear for fish & sharks!
This is not valet diving, and we like it this way! You set up your own gear. We believe divers should always take responsibility for their own gear, safety, and make sure ready for dive. Good habits! Some of best briefings we have ever had as well.
No Guide. It is up to you and your buddy to plan your Dive & Dive your plan. You can request a guide prior to departure for an additional fee.
Hang line & spare air under boat for additional safety.
Pack your own lunch.
Originally felt expensive, but given distance to Dive sites, level if service, & professionalism we would not hesitate to dive with Olympus again! We hardly ever give a 5 star rating....
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