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    Question Cave Diving Sites in Texas

    Random question #73..

    I'm off to Houston, TX on business for a few weeks and got to wondering (as you do)..

    "what diving opportunities are there at my destination?"

    can anyone on this forum provide suggestions ?

    obviously, I'm specifically interested in OHE diving because it's in this forum, but, in the absence of any suitable sites open water advice would be useful too..

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    In case anyone was wondering about this, I have some info from a trusted source..

    "Houston is not a cave diver's mecca! There is an active dry caving community in the Austin Texas area and one cave diving site, but it is closed to everyone except scientific permits."

    Seems like I'll have to go to a rodeo instead..


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    Cave Diving Sites in Texas

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    I'm also going to Houston occasionally for business and I was in the same situation with you.
    For open water diving there is the reef of 'flower gardens'.
    This is an offshore reef (100 miles) in the Gulf of Mexico with a lot of big fish action. Species, depend on the season. There are corals as well however not as good as red sea for example.

    For the trip, you get on board on Friday evening at Freeport (1.5 hours drive from Houston) and you return Sunday evening. You get 7 dives over the weekend.
    Check this site here http://www.flingcharters.com/
    Because the site is offshore, weather must be good. Two times the trip was cancelled in my case.

    If you like wrecks, then Pesancola and the wreck of Oriskany (aircraft carrier) is 1 hour flight or 8 hours drive from Houston (mid range drive for American standards).

    That's pretty much the options OR you attach 4 days leave on your trip and you fly to Mexico (dozens of flights every day)

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    I doubt they still allow it but many moons ago dive boats used to visit some of the rigs in the Gulf. The substructure made a hell of an artificial reef. I really can't see it happening now.
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    Thanks for the replies.. Another friend recommended the flower gardens so I'm off there for memorial weekend. No cave diving, but it'll do ;-)

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    If you would consider driving to Pensacola, then you can dive Merrits Mill Pond. Jackson Blue, Hole in the Wall & Twin caves are some of the best in Florida. Cave adventurers are the people, Edd Sorenson is the man.

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    Thanks for that suggestion Steve. Maybe next time I'm in Houston I will plan it but this trip I don't have enough spare time.. Strangely, my employer seems to think I should do some work whilst out here.. Curious ;-)

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    Not TX but - Blue Holes, Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

    for a useless bity of Americania, It's just off Route 66, Las Vagas, NM is just down the road and that is a real 'one horse' town complete with tumbleweed blowing down the main street (or least it was when I was there...).

    F.P.

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    Judging by the pics of classic cars, sushi and the odd space ship...it doesn't look like it was too taxing! - Enjoy!
    Like Cave Diving? - see www.fb.me/CaveDivingFilms
    A few videos of dives I have done over the last few years - Scotland, Wales and Egypt | www.youtube.com/Stirlingscuba


 

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