If you crave some undersea adventures during your Emerald Isle vacation, the waters around Emerald Isle and the Outer Banks represent one of the largest shipping graveyards in the world. The Outer Banks are world renowned for their wreck diving opportunities, with literally hundreds of shipwrecks up and down the North Carolina coastline.
One of the most famous for a great diving experience is the wreck of the German WWII submarine U-352, which went down virtually intact off the coast of Emerald Isle. There's even a special exhibit featuring a scaled down replica of the sub at the North Carolina Aquarium located in Pine Knoll Shores.
The warm, clear waters of the Atlantic off the coast of Emerald Isle offer outstanding conditions for scuba diving. The shipwrecks have created artificial reefs that team with undersea life, making the area equally exciting for marine animal discoveries.
There are several outstanding dive companies located in the area that can assist you with guided tours of many of the finest wrecks available. The map to the left shows the locations of some of the best shipwrecks available for diving in the Emerald Isle area, but you can also venture further north and south for even more wreck diving experiences.
An excellent website which lists many of the wrecks along the NC coastline can be found at the website of one of the local dive clubs - BFDC. It's and excellent resource to discover the history of many of the shipwrecks, as well as stunning photography of the actual wrecks.
So if you're an underwater adventure seeker, then the scuba diving available off the coast of Emerald Isle is just what you're looking for. Whether you're a beginner diver or an expert, there are great dive opportunities waiting here for you!
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