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Dive Review of MV Fling in
The Continental USA/Flower Gardens, TX

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John Hluboky, CA, USA
Report Number 685
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny,windy  
Seas
calm,currents,noCurrents  
Water Temp
69   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 feet max first dive, 100 for each subsequent dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The Flower Gardens M/V Fling and M/V Spree charters leave from Free Port,
TX and head into the Gulf.  This is a live-aboard charter which have some
extended trips, but mostly weekend runs.  For the weekend runs, there are
up to five dives the first day (first dive at about 7am, last at about
9pm), and usually two the second.  

Dive conditions can vary greatly here, but it is very much worth the trip. 
In the spring, hammerheads are common, and late summer has whale sharks. 
They have trips for coral spawning, and have quite a varied assortment of
hard corals and life.  There is also the option to dive under an oil
platform, which is quite interresting.

[flowergarden.noaa.gov link]
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