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Dive Review of M/V Fling in
The Continental USA/Flower Garden Banks National M

M/V Fling: "Flower Garden Banks NMS, oil rig HI-376A, Stetson Bank.", Sep, 2018,

by Mary Adams, MD, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 10602 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I was extremely lucky to get on this trip. The sea conditions had been iffy, but I risked my flight investment anyway and the Fling did sail. About 30 of us boarded the Fling on Friday evening and claimed bunks. We departed Freeport about 9 pm, and I think the engines stopped about 4 am. Seas ranged from less than 1 foot to almost 4 feet through the weekend, changing often. The Fling is a sturdy work boat, well-designed for short dive trips. There is zero luxury, and the food was perfectly adequate. The Fling has long air fill hoses, so after each dive I just disconnect my first stage and the crew filled the tanks. I used nitrox, and the fills were reliably 32% and 3000 psi. It is a HIGH giant-stride entry from the port-side gap. Water was consistently 84 F with good viz. I wore skin plus a 2 mm shortie and was perfectly comfortable. There were 5 dives on Saturday, including West FGB, the oil rig HI376A, and East FGB with a night dive. The oil rig was spectacular! Sunday we dived Stetson Banks twice. We saw a few sharks and a loggerhead. Other divers saw a manta but I missed it. Depths were 71-108 feet, 35-52 minutes. SITs were over 2 hours. The Fling hangs weighted down lines for easy safety stops. The trip cost $695 plus crew tips for 7 total dives. Glad I did it, I do recommend it, not sure I’ll do it again myself.
Websites M/V Fling   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cuba, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida Keys, Clearwater FL, Bimini, Roatan, Kona, North Carolina, Flower Garden Banks, Caymans,
Closest Airport IAH Getting There Flew from DC to Houston, rented car, drive to Freeport. Stayed at Surfside Beach.

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Because of cloudy skies and our dive depths, light was never good. The Fling’s camera facility was excellent, including lots of charging ports.
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