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

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Swager, NM, USA
Report Number 1632
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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

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
69   to 70    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
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 [ link].  Planning to do it again.
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