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Stetson Bank (Texas Flower Gardens) is a boat accessible salt water dive site, located in TX. This dive site has an average rating of 4.11 out of 5 from 28 scuba divers. The maximum depth is over 150ft/46m. The average visibility is 71-80ft/22-24m.

The Flower Garden Banks NMS is one of 14 federally designated underwater areas protected by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program. Located 70 to 115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, these underwater communities rise from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico atop underwater mountains called salt domes. The sanctuary actually protects three separate areas: East Flower Garden Bank, West Flower Garden Bank and Stetson Bank. These banks are separated from each other by miles of open ocean ranging from 200 to 400 feet (61-122 meters) deep, and each bank has its own set of boundaries. Management of the sanctuary is accomplished by a staff of eight full-time employees through a combination of education, science, resource protection and regulatory programs.


The Flower Garden Banks were discovered by snapper and grouper fishermen in the late 1800’s. They named the banks after the brightly colored sponges, plants, and other marine life they sometimes snagged and brought to the surface. Continued interest in the biological diversity and breathtaking beauty of the reefs at East and West Flower Garden Banks led to their designation as a sanctuary under the National Marine Sanctuary Act (NMSA) (160kb pdf) in 1992. The coral-sponge communities of Stetson Bank were added to the sanctuary in 1996. More about the sanctuary’s history.


Understanding the complexities of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary’s local ecosystems requires learning about all of the components of the natural setting, including the underlying geology, all of the various habitats within the sanctuary, the larger context of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and the watershed that drains into it, as well as the individual plants and animals found within the sanctuary.

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wuzaracer - 8/21/2017 5:47 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/20/2017. Average viz: 91-100ft/28-30m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Warm enough for shorts in August, but a few jellies in the water.
wuzaracer - 8/21/2017 5:45 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/18/2017. Average viz: 81-90ft/25-27m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
kro650 - 8/19/2017 10:49 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/13/2017. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Dive # 6 & 7 on the MV Fling
Visibility not as good here.
Saw silky shark, rays, several spotted ells & lots of barracuda’s.
Hard to say that this dive site is better than the others but it was really good.
WarmWaterTurner - 8/17/2015 5:17 AM
Rating Added: 4
8/14/2015 Very nice dive. Amazing sea mounts and floor structure. Very little current - lots of life. Temperature was 84f. Dove it from the MV Fling.
Nitediver - 8/05/2015 7:35 PM
I went scuba diving here on 8/2/2015. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Great diving video of 10-12’ Manta, large Eagle Ray, Southern Ray, some shots of Spiny lobster. Current was ok a little strong at about 50 feet down but manageable,
WarmWaterTurner - 8/06/2015 12:18 PM
Thank for the report!
Czechcanadian - 8/05/2015 6:04 PM
Rating Added: 4
This is a pretty cool dive. I looked like a giant rake went over a moonscape. You’ll see a lot of Black Sailfin Blennies out there.
WarmWaterTurner - 8/06/2015 12:19 PM
Thanks for the report!
cathy_crippen - 8/02/2015 8:04 AM
I went scuba diving here on 7/31/2015. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
Went out with The Fling Charters out of Freeport, TX for the best 2 days of intense diving ever!!!!!
West Bank, East Bank, The Rig, and Stetson!!!! I am going to do this again. anyone want to join me?
WarmWaterTurner - 8/03/2015 1:16 PM
Thank for the trip report. We are headed out on 8/13. Super excited!!!
cathy_crippen - 8/03/2015 6:34 PM
take Dramamine! and a good camera!
Nitediver - 10/13/2014 10:06 AM
I went scuba diving here on 10/12/2014. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 76-80°F/24-27°C.
Nitediver - 8/06/2014 6:19 AM
I went scuba diving here on 8/3/2014. Average viz: 101-110ft/31-34m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
JasonMyers - 7/24/2014 3:29 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/23/2014. Average viz: 61-70ft/19-21m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
JasonMyers - 7/24/2014 3:27 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/22/2014. Average viz: 61-70ft/19-21m. Water temp: 81-85°F/27-29°C.
JasonMyers - 5/30/2014 1:33 PM
I went scuba diving here on 3/23/2014. Average viz: 51-60ft/16-18m. Water temp: 66-70°F/19-21°C.
MolonLabe - 3/28/2014 7:17 AM
Rating Added: 3
As long as I get wet......
nomad-diver - 9/21/2013 10:12 PM
Rating Added: 4
Great dive, been there twice with Rinn Boats, live-aboard out of Freeport, Texas.
Texas-Grrl - 6/02/2013 2:04 PM
Rating Added: 4
I REALLY like this section of the Flower Gardens foe the richness of marine life!
JimKoz - 5/28/2013 9:21 AM
Rating Added: 5