Port Aransas and South Padre Jetties



Submitted By:
John Purcell

Submitter Comments:
These two sites are especially interesting since in the summer time there are various tropicals such as damsels and butterflyfish, as well as game fish such as snook and sheepshead. There is a lot of algae, barnacles, and crabs on and in the rocks, and at South Padre, I have personally seen 10 sea turtles (most of them Kemp's Ridleys, but a couple of greens too) in just and hour and a half while snorkeling there one July.

 The south jetty at Port Aransas, TX (channel side) is a good shore dive/snorkeling spot for late spring to early fall with visibility in the 5-25ft. range with an incoming high tide. Depths are about 7-14ft. along the large granite boulders. Also the north jetty at the southern tip of South Padre Island is a good shore diving/snorkeling spot (Gulf side, but may be good channel side too) with similar visibility and depths along the rocks.


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01/06/2012 Nunya Bizness (Avg: 3.21 Review) - (Port A, Packery Jetty) Visibility varies wildly. Talk to the dive shops in Corpus Christi to get a better idea of the best times and tides to dive the jetties. Even on a great day a tanker can come through and churn up the muck. Generally, the north side of the north jetty has the best viz but is the hardest to access without a boat.

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Diver Averages for  Port Aransas and South Padre Jetties  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  5.00
Bottom Conditions:  3.00
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  3.00
Facilities:  1.00
Solitude 3.00
Roads:  5.00
*Site Average:  3.21

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  3.00
Beginner Scuba:  2.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  4.00
Night diving Scuba:  2.00

Number of reviews for this site: 1


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