5 Best Places To Snorkel And Scuba Dive In South Carolina

Those who love diving are happy when they find out that beautiful South Carolina offers many great destinations for diving, including wreck diving with featured wrecks that date back to the Civil War and to World War II. There are even some wrecks that date back earlier than these times. Keep in mind you may need to be advanced open water certified and use a diving computer to reach the depths the wrecks are at.

Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach is no doubt designated as one of the most prestigious beaches in the South of the United States. It is home to many water sports and offers wonderful snorkeling opportunities and even great scuba diving. It is a good idea to use an experienced professional to guide you. You can check out Captain Brant's and Captain Dick's Marina for the help you need. Enjoy a vast diversity of marine life that the South brings to you.

Lake Jocassee

Lake Jocasse is southwest to Charlotte, North Carolina by 146 miles. It is a large lake that has three forks and covers 75 miles of coastal line. The lake is predominantly found in South Carolina but does extend somewhat into North Carolina. This lake was created when a dam was built by the Duke Power Company back in 1973. Here you will find an old quarry, a motor cycle and more as you explore under water. Be sure to bring a diving light to see inside the wrecks.

Hot Hole

Here at Hot Hole, you can dive in the winter. This is because there is no ice on the lake at all. The reason for this is due to the fact that this diving area is warmed by the presence of the exhaust pipe of the nuclear plant of Lake Keowee. This pipe warms the waters all seasons and makes the waters warm at temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees. Though the reality is that there is not a lot to notice under water during the diving sessions except for freshwater fish, coming here does make it a nice time of socializing with other divers and this place allows you to keep your diving skills agile.

 Islands Around Charleston

There are several islands around the Charleston area that offer pleasant warn coastal waters. People enjoy the sandy reefs that surround Isle of Palms, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island and John's Island. The reefs vary between 30 to 60 feet. Edisto Beach State Park offers beautiful scenery and a wrecked barge. The sea floor here is relatively calm here, making it a safe place to dive.

 J. Strom Thurmond Lake

This lake was given its name to honor the memory of Senator J. Strom Thurmond who is now deceased. This lake stretches from South Carolina and borders on the state of Georgia. Many believe that the preferred place to dive is close to the location of the dam. In that area, there is supposedly a sunken Cessna about 35 feet down. But note that this lake covers an impressive territory of over 70.000 acres. Here you will enjoy seeing bass, catfish and bluegill fish. You will also enjoy making use of the picnic sites.