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Lake Travis - Starnes Island is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located in Austin, TX. This dive site has an average rating of 3.33 out of 5 from 15 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 11-15ft/3-5m.

This small island just off Volente Beach has been a good place for my and my friend to simply blow bubbles. The West side of the island provide a constant 45 degree slope for as deep as you care to go. There is a thermocline at 55 ft.

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JonG - 6/08/2021 10:38 PM
Rating Added: 3
It’s an okay spot for lake Travis. Visibility varies greatly, anywhere between 3ft to 30ft. You’ll occasionally find items like sunglasses, but it’s not my favorite sunglasses-hunting spot because it’s cleaned out so frequently by the dive-charter boat. It’s a simple dive in terms of complexity. It’s hard to get lost ... uphill is towards the island. You might want a compass so you know what side of the island you’re on.
Aguaguy - 6/13/2021 10:55 PM
Canyon lake is less then an hour from south Austin plenty of free dive spots. Visibility same as Lake Travis, Marinas and boat ramps are free diving spots I go too.
Aguaguy - 5/27/2019 8:26 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/18/2019. Average viz: 16-20ft/5-6m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
Island out on Travis Lake Tx. Charter dive.
Louis_Titus - 8/26/2015 9:06 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/23/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Last Deep Diver Training dive. We included bottom scanning, found another pair of sunglasses. We also found a mooring line a fellow boat operator ask Robert to locate. We had to cut it free of large rock to recover it.
Louis_Titus - 8/26/2015 8:55 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/23/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Second Deep Diver Training dive. Viz was still around 5 feet. Explored more grotto’s and found a pair of sunglasses. Water temp was perfect for swim shorts and rash guard for exposure protection.
Louis_Titus - 8/26/2015 8:45 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/23/2015. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
First Boat Diver training dive. Searched floor for "treasure" and explore grotto’s. nice warm-up for a day of diving.
Czechcanadian - 8/03/2015 7:01 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great place to find collage students treasures. Cell phone, sunglasses..etc.
BillParker - 10/05/2014 4:19 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/4/2014. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
I found a usable pair of sunglasses.
stellr - 5/18/2013 3:35 PM
I went scuba diving here on 5/18/2013. Average viz: 5-10ft/2-3m. Water temp: 61-65°F/16-18°C.
GregInAustin - 11/03/2012 9:36 PM
Rating Added: 3

Went here
for KAB (Keep Austin Beautiful) 2012 trash cleanup. It was fun.
diverfromtexas - 6/27/2011 2:55 PM
Starnes Island is where party boats visit so often find items they lose. My buddy found sunglasses. Until the lake fills back up (down about 30 ft), visibility in Lake Travis is down to a max of 5 feet so it isn’t as pleasant right now. When I certified last year, vis was about 10-15 feet. Two buddies doing tech diving said vis under 100 ft was about zero. They speculated it was because sediment in water is concentrated and shorelines are down in the silt instead of at rock levels.

I took a group boat called the "Giant Stride" out to Starnes. They charge $45 for a half day.