Schedule a Dive

The price of fuel has changed the face of the Charter Boat industry, for both diving and fishing. At Tortuga Charters, we have a unique and fair policy that allows our customers some control over how much they pay for a day on the boat.

We have a base charter fee for the trip and our customers pay only for the amount of fuel burned that day. We simply note on the Floscan fuel management system how much fuel was burned for the day and then multiply it by the price of diesel fuel at the Morehead City Yacht Basin. The price of diesel fuel at the Yacht Basin on May 1st, 2018 was $2.66 per gallon. Let’s hope prices stay this low all season!!! Our first season in 2008 prices were over $4 a gallon.

In the event that your group would prefer fixed fuel prices, we will happy to quote you a price for the day that reflects the type of trip you request. Dive shops and Instructors with training groups should call for custom pricing. If your group is less than six passengers you can still charter the boat, and if you would like, we will fill the remaining spots with our regular customers who will dive at the drop of a hat. If you prefer a less crowded boat, when you pay the full charter fee, the boat is yours to decide who is aboard.

Call for details: 919.308.7313.

Base Charter Rates not including fuel:

TripLength of Time# of TanksPriceAverage Fuel Use
Half Day Inshore single dive site5 hours2 tanks$42525-35 gallons
Regular Day Inshore multiple site8 hours2-3 tanks$65025-50 gallons
Regular Day Offshore8 hours2 tanks$67550-80 gallons
Long Day Offshore10-12 hours2/3 tanks$87560-100 gallons

Half day inshore trips are usually 2 full dives with a one hour surface interval and generally an hour run the dive site and one hour back. Half day inshore trips will usually be afternoon trips leaving the dock at 3:30, but can be a twilight and night dive as well.

Regular Day inshore is less boat riding and more diving. The sites are 55-70 deep and less than 20 miles from the inlet, so you get less boat riding, more bottom time and less surface interval. We also burn much less fuel than the offshore trips. We recommend EANx of 36% for these trips. Trip departs at 7:00 am and returns to the dock at 3:00 pm.

Regular day offshore trips are for dive sites within 35 miles of the inlet, and include two NDL dives and a 2 hour surface interval. No decompression diving is allowed. Departure time for Regular day is usually 7 am and returns to the dock at 3:00 pm. Upon customer request, we can depart earlier and steam to the dive sight in the dark for a dawn dive.

Long Day offshore trips can either be 3 tanks on the sites normally visited in the regular day, or to the distant sites on the east side of Cape Lookout shoals or Southwest toward Frying Pan Shoals for two tanks. You have us for the whole day, you decide if you want to leave early or return late.

Totally Custom Dive day, including deco dives……Call the Captain, let’s talk about it!

We also schedule “Open Seating” days where individual divers can book a spot. Seats are available for 2 tank offshore dives for $155 per person which includes the fuel charge.