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Comal River - New Braunfels TX


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The Comal River is the best Drift Dive in Texas!

Comal River in New Braunfels: at 2.5 miles long it is the shortest river in the world. The river starts and ends in New Braunfels. They are a lot of tubers in the summer time.

There are 3 points of entrance:
1. Landa R/V park (about a 1 ½ to 2 hour drift dive).
2. Hinman Island.
3. Lincoln-Garden Street Bridge, the last public exit.

You can go down the tube chute but I wouldn’t recommend it with scuba gear. Instead, try it with just your wetsuit and no other gear (anything not secured really well may be lost due to the force of the water at the end of the tube chute).

Many divers have found money, rings, keys, sunglasses, wallets, shoes, etc. in the Comal River, due to all the tubers.

Comments

sethcaudle - 9/15/2017 3:39 PM
I went scuba diving here on 9/5/2017. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Jared84 - 7/29/2017 6:45 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/29/2017. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Found 10 pairs of sunglasses, gave 4 away. Entered at landa falls RV park (charged me 15$ this time) exited at Prince Somal cause I used all my air treasures hunting. Landa RV doesn’t have a shuttle at Prince Soma so I had to walk back. Really love this dive. It was way better on a weekday though
Jared84 - 7/10/2017 7:36 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/10/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Amazingly fun. Parked at entered at Landa RV (5$ including shuttle ride back). So many things to look at. Found a few treasures (googles, bracelet, hat). Had to get out at the scuba chute and the rest of the way to the last public exit was shallow and fast moving current, but I had so much fun. Lots of tubers even on a weekday morning, will definitely be going back.
Jared84 - 7/06/2017 5:51 AM
Would like to dive here sometime in the next couple of weeks, need a second to get back to the car.
wuzaracer - 7/06/2017 8:03 AM
I just dove this rive for the first time last week on July 2nd. We planned on the 2 car, but we missed the exit at Prince Solms park. We paid $10 at Landa Falls to enter the water, which paid off since we ended up at the last public exit and rode the Landa Falls shuttle back to Landa Falls. In my opinion, Landa Falls to Hinmann/Prince Solms park is the best part of the river to dive. After the large tube chute the water is to shallow.
Jared84 - 7/06/2017 9:05 AM
Thanks for the info. I’ll have to see if I can find a shuttle schedule!
Jared84 - 7/06/2017 9:11 AM
Is an 80 big enough to make it to the end?
wuzaracer - 7/06/2017 9:15 AM
The shuttles are always running. It was a busy weekend for tube rentals and there were many shuttles. There was no schedule, it seems like shuttles were always in motion. One of our plans was to leave one person with all the gear while the other person walked to get the car. On a side note, we were asked by many to help recover their dropped items. We tried but could not find their lost items. We did find sunglasses and swim masks.
wuzaracer - 7/06/2017 9:21 AM
We drifted with an AL80 and it was more than enough. I think I used only half the tank between Landa Falls and Prince Solms Park. If/when I go back to the Comal, I will not go past Prince Solms park. We were in the water for 2+ hours including the floating. The drift dive between Landa Falls and Prince Solms park was a 1 hour dive.
Jared84 - 7/06/2017 9:26 AM
Nice! I was planning on going on a week day so hopefully there won’t be a lot of others. Thanks again for all the info!
wuzaracer - 7/03/2017 5:01 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/2/2017. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
The air temp was 95 degrees, I could have used a 3mm or less. We paid $10 to enter at Landa Falls, and that included the shuttle ride back. There is much fish and river life to see between Landa Falls and Hindman Island. We did not go down the tube chute at Prince Solms Park. We should have ended the dive at Prince Solms Park. The depth was 3 feet from that Prince Solms Park until the last public exit. We just floated until the last exit. We caught the shuttle back to Landa Falls with dive gear on.
wuzaracer - 6/25/2017 6:49 PM
If I start my drift dive at Landa park, where is the exit? How to identify the exit? My dive buddy and I want to dive there on July 2nd. Anyone want to join us? The more the merrier.
NerdyFarmer - 6/13/2017 4:30 PM
I went scuba diving here on 11/13/2016. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
Blazey_07 - 3/06/2017 9:12 AM
I went scuba diving here on 2/25/2017. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m.
Cool ambient temperature 64 degrees and 74 water temperature . Took Garret metal detector and found Samsung galaxy note 7 phone, .45 lead ball, coins, lead weighs and a bunch of beer cans.
wuzaracer - 2/05/2017 10:14 AM
With a 5/4 mm wetsuit s it too cold to dive the river in February or March?
BillParker - 2/05/2017 11:18 AM
The water is 70s all year so the same suit works with any season. What you need is a little luck to get pleasant air temps.
Joe_T - 12/27/2016 7:52 AM
I am up for diving Comal RIver in 2017... anyone else?
Badlander316 - 12/27/2016 10:04 AM
Id travel down there
nomad-diver - 12/26/2016 8:11 PM
Rating Added: 3
dove here with Dive World, San Antonio. fun dive ... current is steady, but not overwhelming. viz is excellent for a river. always something interesting to find on the bottom, thanks to the tubing industry.
prause13 - 8/13/2016 9:05 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/11/2016. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Get there early. Good Vis.
ScubaDabaDo - 3/15/2016 12:53 AM
I went scuba diving here on 3/13/2016. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 56-60°F/13-16°C.
ScubaDabaDo - 3/15/2016 12:41 AM
Rating Added: 2
Spring Break. too many people goofing around to enjoy diving. Bad timing, try again later.
BillParker - 1/05/2016 7:16 PM
Me and my buddy are going to be exploring the Comal January 10, 2016. Is there anyone interested in doing a long drift dive down the river? Maybe drift down from Hinman Island Park to the Lincoln Street bridge exit? We can be the 2nd vehicle in a car pool.
Joe_T - 3/06/2016 5:35 PM
Hi Bill, I want to dive Comal. I live in Austin and dive Mansfield Dam a lot.
BillParker - 3/07/2016 8:32 PM
I cancelled January becuase the weather turned cold. We’ll do it sometime. I sent you a buddy request.
undercover08 - 10/09/2015 8:26 PM
I went scuba diving here on 10/3/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Jason081180 - 8/24/2015 11:45 AM
I went scuba diving here on 5/19/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
First Nite Dive, rented flash light died after about 30min. Then it sucked.
RMToure - 8/02/2015 9:02 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/30/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
undercover08 - 7/30/2015 10:23 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/31/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
undercover08 - 7/24/2015 8:17 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/23/2015. Average viz: 11-15ft/3-5m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.

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