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Galveston, Texas

June 2014

Offshore rigs are quite frankly ugly but underwater they are amazing artificial reefs. Decommissioned oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico make for great dive sites! 

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Dive Site


Oil Rid GA393B


Diving Conditions:

GPS: 28°36'46"N 95°09'59"W

Location: about 17 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico


Depth: 30m 

Currents: Tide dependent 
Type of bottom: Sand

Interests: Oil rig artificial reef 

Water Temperature: 30°C all year round

Visibility: up to 20m


Description: Decommissioned oil rig which attracts a lot of wildlife especially batfish. There is a large broken tubular shaft close to the bottom that moves with the water, which you can hear thumping on the rig once you get close.

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Dive Boat:

I went with  Capt. Al from Ultra Dive Texas (tel. +1 281-469-2846; email: Rather expensive, it was $200 for two dives (plus tips). 

The diving itself was very good, however the service on the boat could be better. There were some people renting BCDs and were given a horsecollar BCD! Also, we were dropped off downstream of strong currents so had to swim against it to get to the rig. 

Siggi V

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