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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

#392 of 816 things to do in Texas Gulf Coast Features Animals
70-115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, TX 77551
+1 409-621-5151
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Life Changing!

Best Dive Trip I have ever been on! Amazing Reefs. New appreciation for what lives beyond my... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2016
Ashley B
Interesting and wonderful diving

Traveled from LA to board The MV Fling. Great boat, great staff, good food. Not luxury... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Flower Garden Banks were discovered by fishermen in the late 1800's and named for the colorful reefs found there. Situated 70 to 115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, the sanctuary includes three separate areas: East Flower Garden Bank, West Flower Garden Bank, and Stetson Bank. These protected underwater communities rise from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico atop underwater mountains called salt domes, which are only accessible by boat. Diving and fishing can be enjoyed by visitors through several commercial dive and fishing charter operators that take people out to the sanctuary and the surrounding oil and gas platforms.
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70-115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, Gulf of Mexico, TX 77551
+1 409-621-5151

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

Best Dive Trip I have ever been on! Amazing Reefs. New appreciation for what lives beyond my backyard!

1  Thank Ashley B
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Traveled from LA to board The MV Fling. Great boat, great staff, good food. Not luxury accommodations, but I didn't come on this trip to stay in my bunk. The bunks are comfy and dark and that's all I needed. Plenty of room on the...More

2  Thank sweetyankee
Reviewed 14 September 2015

The Flower Gardens are bright and colorful, a coral reef teeming with a huge variety of sea life of all sizes. The water was a stunning deep sapphire blue on the surface and crystal clear high visibility below. Nearby Stetson is a fascinating lunar landscape,...More

5  Thank nridgway
Reviewed 27 July 2015

As the title says I have dove this area for the past three years in July. This time out was the best weather by far and the diving was incredible. Two night dives, two rig dives, and some sea life that I had never witnessed...More

3  Thank nathan T
Reviewed 26 June 2015

I did a weekend trip aboard the M/V Fling. We dove on the East and West Flower Garden Bank, a Natural Gas Platform, and Stetson Bank. Each site is unique but truly amazing and abundant in marine life. We saw a giant manta ray, a...More

2  Thank srldiver
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Who would have guessed that a reef existed 110 miles off the coast of Texas? My husband and I boarded the M/V Fling (FlingCharters) on a Friday night. On arising at 6am the next day, we were at the West Flower Garden Bank. After 2...More

9  Thank farish2
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Dove the East Bank, West Bank reef, Stetson, and an oil rig. Also a night dive. The reef was beautiful. The MV Fling was great. Wonderful staff! Very safety conscious. The food aboard the Fling was wonderful. Be sure to bring your Bonine!

5  Thank Rhonda R
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Without a doubt, one of the most amazing places in the world. Very isolated and teeming with marine life! Great for fishing, diving, and more.

1  Thank SeaVenturesTX
Reviewed 4 July 2014

If you want some hard core diving look up one of several charter live aboard dive boats and hit this spot for 3 days. I just got back from the Flower Gardens having went out with Fling Charters and was happy with the trip. This...More

6  Thank nathan T
Reviewed 3 May 2013

Amazing marine life! Amazing coral! and somehow amazingly unknown! Having studied marine biology, I have been many times, however even those living nearby dont even know about it!

12  Thank samdavenport
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Jessica F
10 April 2017|
Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
Hello! Diving is the best way to see the reefs of the sanctuary up close, due to the depth profiles of the banks (the shallowest part of the reef cap is in 50-60 ft of water; most of the best spots are at depths of 70-130... More