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

American Divers, Jul, 2008,

by Christine Kuoni, TX, USA ( 2 reports). Report 4235.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Califonia, Florida, Honduras, Cozumel, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 75 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Allowed to dive our own profile
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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