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Dive Review of M/V Fling in
The Continental USA/Flower Gardens & Stetson

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Roger Soape, TX, USA
Report Number 732
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman, Cozumel, Chinchorro, Belize atolls, Dominica, Saba, Turks
& Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max 130' on each day's first dive, then no more than 100'.  Two and
one-half hour surface intervals.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
A very well run 2-day trip, if a little bit like camping.  Boat left the
dock at 9:30 pm Friday night and travels while divers sleep.  Dawn Saturday
found us at the Flower Gardens for a 7:00 am dive - the first of five that
day, including a night dive.  We made two more dives on Sunday morning at
Stetson Bank (after moving during the night).

Thirty plus divers share rooms with bunks and only three heads.  Showers on
dive deck.  Still, all runs like clock-work.  No divemasters in the water
but they jump in the water first to check out the site, currents, etc.,
then back on board to give briefing and help divers giant stride in buddy
pairs the 5+ feet to the water.  Diving at the Flower Gardens was so-so
with a loggerhead and a couple of hawksbills, barracuda and a good number
and variety of the usual tropical suspects.  Stetson Bank was fabulous. 
Two manta rays - close and relatively unconcerned in 100' vis water!  A
bull shark or two, lots of spotted and goldentail morays, jacks, snapper,
reef fish (large and small).

Food good and plentiful.  The galley crew had something good for us to eat
after each and every dive.  The captains, galley crew and divemasters all
love to dive - and it shows.  We were told that the two galley guys and the
two divemasters work so they can go diving.  They take turns diving between
the guests dives.

Overall, a very nice get away - especially for a Houston area resident or
someone who is in or near Houston on other business.  Weather is a concern,
though, and trips are cancelled if the seas are rough.  Not for beginner
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