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Dive Review of American Divers in
The Continental USA/South Padre Island Texas

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Christine Kuoni, TX, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4235
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Califonia, Florida, Honduras, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Allowed to dive our own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
My husband and I were truely excited to dive the Texas Clipper. It is a WW
2 era freighter that was sunk 17 miles off the coast of South Padre Island
Texas. American Divers, the only operation on the island runs a two tank
dive out to the clipper with a third dive at an oil rig. The visibility was
not great, but the Clipper has interesting coral, small octopi, and is
generally an interesting dive. The dive boat is an old sightseeing boat
that has been converted. There is no place to store your gear or to
assemble your equipment. You put your BC & regulator on the tank at the
dock and they store it on the roof of the cabin. When you come up after
your first dive, you have to reach over all sort of equipment laying in the
aisle and put your stuff together again. Then it goes to the roof. It is
handed down to you, you get dressed and roll forward into the water. I like
my dive boats neat, and on this one there was just equipment everwhere you
put your feet or you tried to sit. There is no storage for bags. On the
third dive, we saw a whale shark at the rig. Was the trip worth it for the
whale shark? Sure, but don't plan on comfort or any real place to sit. Be
aware that this handing equipment up and down can do damage. My husband's
computer face received a deep scratch. But it is worth a one time dive.
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