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Dive Review of Seaseacher II in
The Continental USA/Flower Gardens

Seaseacher II, Mar, 2005,

by Greg Swager, NM, USA . Report 1632.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Channel Islands, TX- Missle silo & Balmorrhea Springs, and Santa Rosa in NM.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 69 to 70 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130' max depth. 2 hours minimum surface time. Dive in at approx. same time due to 2 hours minimum surface time. Divemaster keeps track of everyone on max depth of dive and time.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Live aboard boat provides two fresh water tanks for underwater cameras. Has bench with flat carpet to lay camera.

I have compact camera with a roll of film. Forgot to turn it on for oil rig dive. Only way is to take waterproof case apart and turn the camera on. Learned a lesson and plan to buy a camera that can be controlled everything by buttons outside while underwater, even if you forget to turn it on.

Recommend to have a flasher from side to avoid backscatters by water particles. You'll also need macro for corals and anemones.

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 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Since Flower Gardens is about 100 miles south of Freeport (Houston), TX, only way to check for sea conditions is bouy. Dive operation called dive shop at noon on the day of departure and gave us a "Go" even though we were already on the road, 10 1/2 hours drive. Bad weather was forecasted on the day of arrival.

Currents is strong on top. Rope is lead from the stern to the moor about 20' underwater in front of boat. Dive down where the moor is anchored. Currents is weak on the bottom. Advanced divers is strongly recommended due to depth and currents.

Saw a part of hammerhead shark, plenty of fishes such as parrotfish, grunts, a moray eel, remains of shells, numerous brain corals. Most of corals are huge! Did dive under oil rig. Lots of "young" fishes. Night dive is offerred but was cancelled due to bad weather.

Winds picked up speed an afternoon before the last day of dive, earlier than we expected. Since seas were too rough, we had to head back to port 12 hours earlier. Did 3 out of 7 dives (1 1/2 days) due to bad weather.

Website is [seasearcherii.com link]. Planning to do it again.
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