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Any Diving around New Orleans

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Hi

Does anyone know if there is any decent diving around New Orleans. A good friend in my dive club is heading there, and would like any recomendations. Any decent operations, or personal experience would be appreciated. Thanks

 

Aaron

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Aaron,

 

Look for dive charters out of Venice LA. That's about 2 hrs south of N.O. near the mouth of the river. I think the rig diving out of there is excellent.

 

Cheers

James

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Jame is right, Venice is probably the place to look near New Orleans. The diving around the rigs can be very good, with chances for big pelagics. Two notes:

 

1. It's almost always worth a longer boat ride, to get beyond the Mississippi mud. This can be hours (and it's a ways, about 1-1/2 hrs, down the river from N.O., through Plaquemines, to Venice). Venice is a major oil E&P terminal ... almost a port in its own right. There are some hotel accomodations down there ... some pretty okay, some very campy, some rather scary. It is a whole 'nother country down there.

 

2. MOST of these trips are slanted towards hunting. In fact, I haven't found an operator slanted toward nonhunting dives. As a result, I don't go on these trips often ... I don't disapprove of hunting, I just don't wanna be in the water with some of these guys when they have big whomping rubber-band powered spears...

 

Sorry I can't offer more info ...

 

Regards,

Chris/CeeDave (from Baton Rouge, LA)

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I like this one:

 

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Ike, looks like a good use/advertisement for your video housings!

 

Cheers

James

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