You don't have to go far off the coast of the Grand Strand to explore the underwater world. Man-made reefs boast an array of fish including sea fans, sponges, reef fish, anemones, urchins, and crabs. A number of shipwrecks are also worth exploring under the waves. Paddle wheelers, freighters, and cargo ships lie in ruins off the coast and are popular scuba spots. Always wanted to dive but never learned how? Most dive shops can have you PADI certified in a weekend.
Nu Horizons Dive and Travel. Certification classes and equipment rentals, as well as an indoor dive tank, are available at this diving headquarters in the Sports Corner shopping center. 515 U.S. 501, Suite A, Central Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 29577. 800/505–2080; 843/839–1932; www.southcarolinadive.com.