Best float tubes for abalone diving

Even on the calmest days, when you’re out abalone diving in the Pacific Ocean, your float tube is your little island of refuge. Here are my suggestions for the the best float tube that will hold your gear and give you a place to rest when you get tired.

The float tube consists of an inflated inner tube that is covered by heavy duty nylon. The cover is usually a high visibility color to make it easy to spot.

Neptune Diving Company Heavy Duty Float Cover
Neptune Diving Company Heavy Duty Float Cover

This Neptune Diving Company float tube is made of Cordura Nylon and has a mesh bottom to let water freely flow in and out.

The whole top of the float unzips so you can store your dry bag with fishing license and abalone report card. This is also where you would keep any abalone you catch. I also try to pick up any garbage I find in the ocean and bring it out. You’d be surprised by how many spark plugs I’ve found on the ocean floor.

There is also a yellow version of the Neptune float tube.

Neptune Diving Company float tube in yellow
Neptune Diving Company float tube in yellow

I’m recommending this as the best tube for abalone diving because it comes with the inner tube and the nylon cover – all with free shipping. If you shop around on Amazon and try to get them separately it can cost a lot more with shipping.

The reviews are very positive, except for one guy who got a green version when he ordered yellow.

Pumping up your tube can be inconvenient, as the valve is usually the same as a car tire and requires you to get decent air pressure to fill it up. If you don’t have an air compressor, just head to the gas station and fill ‘er up with air.

Another option is a mini float boat like this Seac Sub Sea Mate.

Seac Sub Sea Mate Inflatabe Gangway Buoy
Seac Sub Sea Mate Inflatabe Gangway Buoy

It has a bunch of different loops and anchors to tie gear to. It may also keep your gear a little drier than the float tube. The pouch in the front can hold your catch as well.

Check out my big checklist of all the abalone diving gear you need to hit the ocean.