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Dive Review of Fling Charters in
The Continental USA/Flower Gardens, Texas

Fling Charters: "Flower Gardens Banks: calm seas", Aug, 2018,

by Mary K Wicksten, TX, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 10478 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Flower Gardens Banks are a 7-hour cruise from Freeport, Texas and have their shallowest depth at about 65 feet.Diving is "iffy"--it can be calm and gorgeous or murky, rough and with a stiff current. We had a current on most of the dives but could use a down line to hang on. Nice visibility, to 50 feet, warm water (82 degrees). Lots of healthy corals at East and West Flower Gardens but always mound or boulder types, not much branching coral. No bleaching! Somebody saw a whale shark from the boat, another saw another shark at a distance but no mantas this trip; plenty of loggerhead sea turtles at surface and below. Abundant cute small fish--sunshinefish, yellowhead jawfish, cleaner gobies, red-lipped blenny, longsnout butterfly, blue goby, cherubfish, etc. Some really big angelfishes at Stetson Bank. Boat has curtained bunks, limited storage for personal stuff below. Bring a hanging toiletry kit. Small flashlight is helpful if you need to go up stairs to use the head at night. Plenty of "stick to your ribs" food. (Send notice in advance if you are a vegan).
Websites Fling Charters   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Galapagos, western Mexico, California, Hawaii, Fiji, Palau, Yap, Australia, New Guinea, Florida springs
Closest Airport Houston TX Getting There Drive from Houston to Freeport. No public transportation.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 30-50 Ft/ 9-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than 100 feet, no deco dives, come aboard boat with 500 pis or more
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat has dedicated camera table but it can get crowded. You must look out for people who forget and put soda bottles and coffee cups next to your gear! Lots of opportunities for video or distance photography, lots of small stuff. You can get lucky and see big fish.
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