Going diving on the M/V Fling Underwater in Hawaii
Why I am a Scuba diver and not a Surfer

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"Scuba diving addiction makes heroin addiction look like a vague wish for something salty" - Dave Morris

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Whitetip Reef Shark, Maui, Hawaii I am a P.A.D.I. certified Master Scuba Diver.

What I enjoy most (so far) is diving wrecks and swimming with the big animals! (So far, I've been up close and personal with Tiger Sharks, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Sand Tiger Sharks, Dolphins, Spotted Eagle Rays, and a whole swarm of Manta Rays. I'm looking for more!)

Click here for video!Take a look at some of my underwater photos!

Some places I have been Scuba diving

NameLocationState
Country
DepthInteresting observations
Magic IslandWaikikiHI30ftTurtles, puffer fish, moray eels, snake eels, lava tube
Koala PipeOahuHI42ftOctopus, moray eels, frog fish, huge abandoned pipeline that used to carry sewage from Honolulu out to sea
Turtle CanyonHawaii Kai, OahuHI49ftTurtles, octopus, moray eels
Kaena PointWaianae, OahuHI50ft
Ulua CaveOahuHI97ft5ft white tip reef shark, turtles, large cave
Makaha CavernsOahuHI50ftIncredible cavern diving, sea turtles galore
Makai Research PierOahuHI20ft7ft eel, night dive
Mahi WreckWaianae, OahuHI95ftSpotted eagle rays, dolphins, turtles, moray eel, huge schools of blue stripe snapper, big box fish. More pictures
5 Inch ReefWaianae, OahuHI40ft2ft Samoa crab, pincushion urchins, pincushion sea star
Palea PointHawaii Kai, OahuHI95ftFantastic 3 level wall dive
Sea CaveNear Hanauma Bay, OahuHI20-50ftGreat cavern, sea turtles
Texas Flower GardensGulf, 110 mi S of FreeportTX80ftGreat live-aboard boat trip on the M/V Fling, lots of sealife
Stetson BankGulf, 60 mi S of FreeportTX70ft8ft nurse shark, stingray, eel, dolphin
GA 393 Oil RigGulf, 17 mi S of FreeportTX60ftIncredible sealife, like swimming in an aquarium!
Lake TravisAustinTexas55Lots of sunken boats, cars, a radome, and other junk to check out. Low vis.
Athens Scuba ParkAthensTexas20Very good visibility! No plants or animals due to pH. Excellent fun diving. Lots of sunken airplanes, boats, cars, etc.
Santa Rosa, Paradiso, Tormentos, etc.CozumelMexico120Incredible place to dive. One of the best on the planet, no doubt. Divemasters that cater to your every desire.
Grand CaymanCayman IslandsCayman60Fascinating tiny critters in the dense coral jungles. Excellent visibility.
LanaiLanaiHawaii60The usual Hawaiian fish assortment
Molokini CraterMauiHawaii60Whitetip Reef Sharks, turtles
Manta Ray DivesBig IslandHawaii60Fantastic night dive with the Giant Manta Rays!
St. ThomasSt. ThomasUS Virgin Islands
PapooseAbout 2.5 hours off the coastNorth Carolina90-120Torpedoed by U-124 during WWII. Photos here. Swam with about 12 very large sand tiger sharks!
U-352N34 13.682'/W76 33.907'North Carolina100-115This is a WWII German submarine, depth-charged by a Coast Guard ship in 1942. Photos here
USS SchurzN34 11.218'/W76 36.127'North Carolina95-110This gunboat sank in 1917 full of ammunition.Photos here
SuloideIn-shoreNorth Carolina65This wreck was blown to smithereens and cable-dragged due to the shallow depth of the ocean floor here, and it is scattered over a wide area
Molasses ReefKey LargoFlorida Keys25-40Very colorful, very nice reef and a good shallow dive
US Coast Guard cutter DuaneKey LargoFlorida Keys60-107One of the better wreck dives I've ever been on, due to the size, condition, and number of swim-throughs
Minnie Breslaur, Mary CelestiaBermuda60Shipwrecks, caverns, tubes

The Cheapest Fantastic Diving in Texas

When you think of diving in Texas, you invariably think of fresh-water lakes and quarries. (OK, OK, the term "fresh" is admittedly used VERY loosely around here.) But there is a way to get fantastic diving in the ocean for about $50 per dive! It's found on the M/V Fling and M/V Spree, operated by Gulf Diving (formerly Rinn Boats) in Freeport, Texas.

Click here for video!See U/W photos and video shot in the Flower Gardens in March 2003

Several times a month from February to around September, you can board one of these 100 foot boats at about 10pm Friday night and wake up 110 miles out in the Gulf in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.

You start out the morning at 6:30 suiting up, and proceed to do 2 dives in the morning, 2 dives in the afternoon, and 1 nighttime dive. Each dive is separated by a 2 1/2 hour surface interval of eating and talking with the 33 other divers who are sharing your adventure.
The Oil Rig GA393 Then you go to sleep again and wake up Sunday morning to do 2 more dives at the Stetson Bank. On the return trip you may be able to make 1 more dive underneath an oil rig. (Oil rigs have been disappearing, and you may not get to dive one.)

M/V Fling Sun Deck The boats have a nice sun deck where you can spend your surface intervals working on your tan while the wind keeps you cool. On my trip in June we spotted a dolphin and a waterspout off in the distance! On a March trip we spotted 22 hammerheads, tiger sharks, and some eagle rays.

All the food you can eat is provided free, and there are 2 captains and 2 divemasters on board to make the dives extremely safe. The only thing you have to bring is your dive gear and one tank. All air fills are free. Nitrox is available for an extra charge.

Where else can you get that kind of deal?

Some of the dive shops on the web that book Flower Gardens or Stetson Bank trips

Each trip is booked by several of these dive shops, which are each allotted a certain number of divers. So, even if one of the dive shops is sold out, try one of the others. And it doesn't matter if you live in the same town as the dive shop you book through or somewhere far away. They will be glad to book your trip even if you live in the Frozen North!

Dive Operators I Highly Recommend

Hawaii

Pacific Rim Divers, the BEST people to dive with on the Big Island of Hawaii!
Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Lahaina Divers, Maui, Hawaii
Aaron's Dive Shop, Kailua, Oahu, HI - They can take you to any of the above Hawaii dive spots. Tell 'em Dave Morris sent ya!

Florida Keys

HMS Minnow, Key Largo - 6-pack with excellent reputation and customer service - Tell Jeff Jarvis that Dave Morris sent you

Texas

Gulf Diving - (formerly Rinn Boats) Dive the Flower Gardens, Stetson Bank, and oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico on the M/V Fling or Spree!
Athens Scuba Park - Water temp, conditions, schedule of events in the best little hi-vis scuba diving lake around Dallas

North Carolina

Red, Wet, and Blue, North Carolina Wreck Diving with Kamala Shadduck

Scuba-related Links

Rodale Scuba Diving

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PADI - Professional Association of Diving Instructors
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Island Dive & Water Sports on Orcas Island, Washington
SeaSpace, Houston
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