Originally Posted by RainDog
Does it matter which mooring ball you pick up in terms of reef access / quality? There are three banks. Wondering which has the best diving.
East and West Flower are farther offshore
, and have more hard coral
. Some of the moorings are closer to the edge of the coral fields, where you can get deeper. But the best coral is more in the "middle" of what is a large area. Try any buoy, you'll like it. Be careful of midlevel currents, follow the mooring line down/up rather than a free descent/ascent.
East is slightly shallower than West, being more in the 70-75 foot range, while West is more 75-85. Both are similar, and very scenic. Pretty good fish
life, you may see some rays, sea turtles, and the occasional shark.
Stetson Bank is closer in, and is "rockier" with less hard coral. It's also more of a "pinnacle", so you can drop off a couple of the "walls" if you want to get past 90-100'. It make a really cool night dive, kind of a lunar landscape, and probably more challenging diving.
I'm about to go on a mooring buoy anchor
trip at East Flower and Stetson.
At any of these sites, if it's not crowded, try one buoy, then if you think the others are better-situated for what you want to see, then switch.
Go to NOAAs site for more info. You'll like it, and you'll like the diving.