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Old 05-16-2008, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Cedar City, Utah
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Does anyone know if there is good scuba diving in the Port Aransas area. I have heard so much of how the beaches are not that nice, just wondering about scuba diving. I don't want to go all the way to South Padre Island.
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Old 05-16-2008, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Probably the best coastal diving is off-shore. I know the Scat Cat and Wharf Cat used to take trips out to the Flower Gardens reef, and I think one is stationed in Port A currently. Costs a few bucks, though...it is a poor man's live aboard trip.

Hmmm...just checked their web site (HOME OF THE WHARF CAT & SCAT CAT), and no mention of scuba anymore. Maybe I was thinking of the MV Fling (Gulf Diving LLC - Welcome!), they still do Flower Garden Trips.

Anyway, there are a lot of little boats that also do day trips out to some of the oil rigs, which are kind of like little reef eco-systems.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Cedar City, Utah
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Probably the best coastal diving is off-shore. I know the Scat Cat and Wharf Cat used to take trips out to the Flower Gardens reef, and I think one is stationed in Port A currently. Costs a few bucks, though...it is a poor man's live aboard trip.

Hmmm...just checked their web site (HOME OF THE WHARF CAT & SCAT CAT), and no mention of scuba anymore. Maybe I was thinking of the MV Fling (Gulf Diving LLC - Welcome!), they still do Flower Garden Trips.

Anyway, there are a lot of little boats that also do day trips out to some of the oil rigs, which are kind of like little reef eco-systems.
Ok thank you for the information. I realize it wont be like scuba diving in Grand Cayman but just curious if it's possible to do it. Do you live in that area? Do you know how the housing market is doing?
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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No, I learned to scuba while living down there for a few months several years (decades ) ago, so any housing data is way out of date. Truth be told, most of the diving in Texas is in the lakes. Lake Amistad and Lake Travis have huge numbers of divers over the course of a year. The upper depths don't require a wetsuit of any kind, but the lower you go, the colder (and clearer) the lakes get. I actually got certified in a rock quarry near Huntsville .
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Old 07-15-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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Does anyone know if you can do a shore entry dive in that area. I really don't want to pay for a charter.
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Old 07-19-2009, 07:53 AM
 
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Does anyone know if you can do a shore entry dive in that area. I really don't want to pay for a charter.
flower gardens are really nice and totally worth it. visibility was 70 ft, warm water lots of marine life. they did 5 dives on sat 2 on sunday. Depart friday night and sail overnight.


Dive schedule?
Typical 2-day trip: 2 morning dives on the West Bank of the
Flower Gardens. At lunch move to the East Bank and make 2
more day dives and 1 night dive. Move to Stetson Bank
during the night and make 2 morning dives on Stetson before
getting underway for Freeport. The near-shore rigs are all
being removed, so the near-shore rig dive has been deleted
from the schedule. Minimum of 2 ½ hour surface interval
between dives.

When I went the cost was around 350, Im seeing one shop offer it as low as 425 + 65 for nitrox. Some dive shops are as high as 550 +90 for nitrox. It is the same boat so go for price.

Dont know if there is any good shore diving. - no close in reefs or anything
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