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

Scuba Shack, McAllen, TX, Nov, 2010,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5768.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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