Visitors associate New Orleans with the murky waters of the Mississippi and Lake Ponchartrain. Yet, just a few hours to the east, divers can experience clear, warm water, tropical fish and an abundance of exciting wrecks.
From March through October, Harry’s Dive Shop conducts one-day wreck diving trips to Gulf Shores, Alabama. As the accompanying pictures will attest, the water can be surprisingly clear, and the wrecks are big and covered with marine life.
These trips are a great opportunity for divers of even modest experience levels. Because of the depths (many of the wrecks are in 60 to 100 feet of water), some form of Advanced or Deep Diver training is recommended, along with Nitrox certification and use.
Other than that, you don’t have to be a big-time tech diver — or even have that many dives under your belt. Normal recreational dive gear, including two tanks and a wetsuit adequate for current temperatures, is all you need to own or rent.
The weather generally cooperates with us; however, if we do have to cancel at the last minute, Vortex and Morrison Springs are just a short drive away — and you can either get a refund of your trip fee or apply it to a future outing. Be sure we have your cell phone number, so that we can contact you at the last minute, if necessary.
Who is This Trip Ideal For?
This may be the perfect trip if you:
- Are looking for an overnight dive trip within easy driving distance (three hours) of New Orleans.
- Think that wreck dives are what make life worth living.
When Does It Take Place?
Gulf Shores charters will resume in 2017.
Gulf Shores is roughly three hours from New Orleans (see map below). For this reason, and because of the need to meet at the dock no later than 7:00 am, you will want to drive to Gulf Shores the night before and check into a local motel. Motels our dives frequently use include:
After meeting at the dock at 7:00, you will board the boat and depart no later than 8:00. Trip times will vary depending on conditions; however, the boat generally returns around 1:00 pm — leaving plenty of time for lunch and an unhurried drive back home.
Meet at SunRoc Marina: Go to East Beach Road (Hwy 59) and turn left. Go about eight miles. Before you get to the bridge, turn left on to Bayou Road (hard to see street name).
The boat takes a maximum of 20 passengers, so space is limited. Nondivers may accompany you at half price — but only if space is available.
How Much Does it Cost?
Trip Pricing: Pricing for this trip is as follows:
- Diver: $110
- Nondiver (space available): $55
Deposit and Balance Due: Requirements are as follows:
- Payment in full due at sign up
- Be aware there are no refunds unless we find someone else to take your spot
What’s Included: The basic trip price includes the following (if applicable):
- Charter fee
- Two dives
Not Included: Travelers are responsible for the following (if applicable):
- Transportation to, from and around Gulf Shores
- Accommodations in Gulf Shores the night before
- All equipment including two full tanks
- Crew gratuity
Additional Requirements: Travelers must supply:
- Diver and/or Nitrox certification cards
- Dive insurance
- Signed waiver and Statement of Understanding
- Personal dive gear
- Audible and visual surface signals, reel or spool
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