The scuba diving conditions of South Padre Island are uniquely suited to visitors interested in exploring the various reefs and shipwrecks that this historically important island has to offer. With this in mind, we have put together a few tips and suggestions for getting the most out of your scuba diving experience in South Padre Island. Read on below to learn more about South Padre Island scuba diving and the best vacation properties to rent.
Immerse Yourself in a Marine Wonderland
South Padre Island has a handful of rare, wonderful diving locales where you can dive to your heart’s content.
The island’s best natural reef is the 7 Fathom Reef. Located two miles away from Central Padre Island, this dive is shallow but teeming with exotic marine animals. Here, you’ll see species of mollusks, sponges, crustaceans, and tube-building worms in an ethereal tableau. One thing to keep in mind about this dive site, however, is that the converging currents result in dramatic variances in visibility.
The island may not be profuse with natural reefs, but it more than makes up for it with a host of amazing shipwrecks you can explore, especially through a scuba lesson, rental, repair, and guide service like American Diving. American Diving offers diving expeditions in the Gulf of Mexico ranging from $140.00 to $350.00 per person, covering extraordinary dive sites like the Texas Clipper, Little Adam, Liberty Ships Reef, Pat’s Wreck, Doña Nelly, Texas Underwater Park, Los Torres, Albatross, and The Godfather.
These diving sites include decommissioned oil rigs and even a World War II troopship. The World War II vessel, known as the Texas Clipper, is tailored to experienced recreational divers. It is a unique artificial reef where the ship remains on its side rather than on its keel. Its career spanning military, tourism, and scuba training has earned it a reputation for being an enormous, museum-like ship. Additionally, the company also offers trips to the previously mentioned 7 Fathom Reef.
Another South Padre Island scuba diving charter company is Port Mansfield Fishing Charters, which offers diving trips to many of the same diving sites as American Diving for $60.00 to $250.00 per person.
Franke Rentals – Where Your Next Great Adventure Begins
To find out more about South Padre Island scuba diving and other exciting activities you can enjoy on the island, contact our team of reservation specialists by email or by phone and ask about booking your lodgings in one of our unbelievably beautiful vacation rental properties today!