with Sandtigers at Sharkfest!
What is Sharkfest?
Sharkfest is a celebration for shark people comprising of three days of
shark diving and a film festival just about sharks. This isn't Sundance so leave the tuxedos at home. Movies will be
screened on a digital projector in the lodge or outdoors on the back
deck of the dive center (weather permitting).
Sharkfest is an opportunity for all shark fans and shark divers to get
together, dive and talk about sharks. If you're a shark junkie you
belong at Sharkfest.
When is Sharkfest 2012?
We arrive and
take oer the lodge on the 9th of August. Dive days are August 10-12.
Depart on the 13th.
Where and when is Sharkfest?
Sharkfest will be hosted by Olympus Dive Center in Moorhead City, North
Carolina from the 5th to the 7th of August 2011.
Olympus Diver Center is Sandtiger Central. Known as the Graveyard
of the Atlantic, the treacherous coastline of the Outer Banks is
peppered with wrecks that are home to North America's largest population
of sandtiger sharks.
How much is Sharkfest?
Sharkfest is $640 which includes:
-Three days of shark diving (weather dependent). Dive equipment
rentals and Nitrox fills (if desired) are extra.
-Three nights accommodation in Olympus Dive Center's lodge which is a two
minute walk from the boat dock. This is dormitory style accommodation. Its not the Ritz but its clean and tidy and the
atmosphere is fun.
-Two nights of movie screenings.
-A barbeque on Sunday night including some 'refreshements'
while they last.
-A commemorative Sharkfest T-shirt.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Arrive in Moorhead City and take over the
FRIDAY MORNING: We'll be heading out early on our first day of Shark
Diving with North Carolina's big, bautiful sandtiger sharks. Our
destination will be determined by reports of where the best shark
activity has been. The wrecks are a long way off shore so expect to be
out until about 3 or 4pm.
FRIDAY NIGHT: Nothing official, join the group at a local restaurant
(not included) or kick back at the lodge. After dinner we'll throw on a
couple of full length shark films that you probably haven't seen.
SATURDAY MORNING: Second day of shark diving. Destinations determined in
the same way as day one. If the sharks are really thick on one wreck we
may spend the entire weekend there. It isn't about the wrecks, this is
our chance to get up close and personal with some of the most
charismatic sharks in the ocean.
SATURDAY NIGHT: The big movie screening night. We'll be viewing short
movie entries on a projector in the lounge of the lodge. Based on the
calibre of some of last year's entries it should be a fascinating show.
SUNDAY MORNING: Last chance to get some killer shots of the sandtigers.
There will be prizes for the best shark image taken over the weekend.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Our BBQ bash on the deck of Olympus' Dive Lodge. We'll be
providing all the food you can handle plus some refreshments so stay if
FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR THE
TRIP REPORT -
Join us for the dives or show up in the evenings:
We have 18 places for divers on the boat.
Anyone who can't make it for the diving but wants to show up and celebrate Sharkfest with us in the evenings is very welcome. The more shark people
we have the more fun it will be. If you're diving in the area with
another operator you're more than welcome to join us for the barbeque or
to watch the films as long as you chip in.
The boat is filling up! So please respond asap so that we can
make this the best shark diving weekend possible.
Book your spot!
Sharkfest Film Submissions and Screenings:
Film makers are welcome to submit short films up to 22 minutes long. Screening times are limited so depending on the amount of
submissions some films may be rejected but this is a very new festival
within a very small niche so we do not expect this to happen.
In the next few years we hope to build Sharkfest into a major event on every
shark enthusiast's calendar
but right now Sharkfest is an informal celebration of sharks
including diving, screenings and good times. Screenings may be a little
chaotic so please understand that Sharkfest is more about participation
than official accolades.
Film submissions will be reviewed on Elasmodiver after the event.
Submission is FREE and is open to professional film makers and amateurs
All films must be about sharks. They can revolve around shark
conservation, shark diving, shark biology and behavior or any other
sharky topics. Fictional shark movies are also welcome. The theme 'you
scared of sharks
because they are bloodthirsty man eating monsters' is highly
discouraged. Shark-fishing films will be rejected unless they are about
Film Makers are not required to be present to take part.
To enter a film