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Dive Review of Scuba Shack, McAllen, TX in
The Continental USA/Gulf of Mexico

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5768
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Bahamas, Bonaire, Florida Keys and inland, California, western
Mexico, Galapagos, Hawaii, Fiji, S. Australia, New Guinea, Yap, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
73   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 6    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit 130 feet.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
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
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Dived the "Texas Clipper", WWII vessel deliberately sunk off
South Padre Island, TX. This could have been a spectacular dive but
visibility was horrible--barely 6 feet at best. The anchor line was
attached to the ship at 80 feet. One had to swim up to the ship's bridge
area at 65 feet but follow the side of the ship back to find the line. This
really limited one's time at depth, even with Nitrox. I followed
"Texas", a good guide who knew the ship and was able to show me
some points of interest (lifeboat davits, bridge, anchor area, etc.) For a
visiting diver, even with a map, it was all but impossible to know where
you were and far too easy to end up in a deep, dark place. I saw some
triggerfish, small corals, a blue angelfish and a couple of rock hinds, but
just about anything could have been just out of sight. Nobody aboard could
take any photos due to silt in the water. 

Scuba Shack took us out on a catamaran that usually was used for dolphin
watching. Lots of room but NO tank holders and scant shelter from the
wind--brr! Crew was helpful but nobody checked the heads before we left
port. Both were out of order but had to be used anyway by the desperate.  
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