Flower Gardens – Monthly

The Flower Gardens is a national marine sanctuary approximately 110 miles south of the Texas/Louisiana border in the Gulf of Mexico. It is split into three parts; the West Bank, the East Bank, and Stetson Bank. The top of the reef starts at 60 feet and drops to well below recreational depths. Tropical fish and corals abound with common sightings of hammerheads and whale sharks during certain times of year.

 

 

Description

Trip includes two or three nights accommodations, all meals and up to 7-11 dives depending on which trip you select.
The base price for the trip is $585.
Enriched Air is an additional flat fee of $65 and is highly recommended.

 

All trips leave from the Freeport, TX dock at 8:30pm on the evening before..

 

What is the boat like?

The Fling Charters boat is a 100ft aluminum crew boat that fits 28 passengers, three trip leaders, and a six member crew. Bunks are provided with sheets and pillows. There are four bunks in each room. The boat features a TV with DVD player for entertainment, two exit ladders, a swim platform, and a large sundeck. Meals and snacks are provided from 6am until midnight. Chefs are happy to accommodate restricted diets, but you are not allowed to bring your own food or drinks on board.

 

What is the diving like?

Diving in the Flower gardens is awesome. The top of the reef sits at 60 feet and slopes down from there. The first dive of each day is limited to 130 feet and all subsequent dives are limited to 100 feet. Divers have the chance to dive five times on Saturday, including one night dive, and two dives on Sunday. Dive start times are decided by the crew, but the dive plan is completely up to you and your buddy. Dives are not led by dive masters, but if International Scuba has a trip leader going, they will be happy to lead the group around. From January though April, you can expect to see schools of migrating hammerheads. From May to August you can hope to see whale sharks. August to December is the coral spawning with a chance.of manta rays.

Divers need blue water experience and their Advanced Open Water certification before booking this trip.  Conditions can be challenging and therefore aren’t conducive to a novice diver.

 

What should I bring?

Each diver will need their diver certification card and log book. If you will be diving nitrox, you must have your nitrox certification card. If you plan on doing the night dive, you must bring a primary and backup light as well as a tank marker. You will also need a complete set of equipment (mask, fins, snorkel, BCD, regulator, dive computer, weights, wetsuit, etc). It is mandatory to have a marker buoy. Compasses and whistles are recommended. Aluminum 80 tanks are available on board for air or nitrox, but you may bring your own tanks if you choose. Don’t forget your save-a-dive kit; the boat does not have a repair room or spare gear. Space in the cabins is limited so don’t pack too much and put it in a soft bag that can easily collapse. Bring any necessary prescription or sea sickness prevention medication. Don’t forget a towel!
DON’T FORGET TO TIP YOUR CREW!

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How do I sign up and pay?

All you need to do is give International Scuba a call! (972-416-8400). Saturday/Sunday trips are $585. Nitrox is $65. We will take down your credit card information and charge you on the day of the trip. Occasionally the trips will be cancelled due to weather or lack of divers so we wait until we have confirmation that the trip is going be-fore we charge you.  If you are looking for a longer trip we can help get you set up.

 

Cancellation Policy?

There is a strict 30 day cancellation policy. This means that if you cancel with less than 30 days notice, you will still be charged for the trip unless you can find another diver to take your spot.

For More information on the charter company – Flower Gardens FAQ

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