Epcot Dive Quest

Epcot Dive Quest
Florida
USA East

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Site Review by
 Vanno
Date: 11/08/2004

Reviewer

Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Vanno Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    5.00
City:   Cocoa Beach Reef:    1.00
State:   Florida Animal:    5.00
Country:   Plant:    1.00
Diving:   0 years Facilities:    5.00
 Dives:   0 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    4.00

Evaluation

*Average:    3.61
I agree with the other posts that this is a REALLY, REALLY fun dive, so I'll ignore most of that and point out some of the details that stand out in my mind. We had a exactly 45 minutes in the water. For hospitality, friendliness and easy living, this is Disney all the way! You won't find a dive resort anywhere, that "takes care of you" like these people will. Leave EVERYTHING but your mask, and cert card at home. For cleanliness reasons, you can't bring anything into the tank. Don't even bother with a towel. It's all provided. A personal camera would have been great, but since you can't bring one, they video tape the dive and you can preview the video before you pay the $35 to buy one. It's more of a commercial than anything, which is strange, since you just did the dive, and don't need to be sold on the idea. I was a bit disappointed in the amount of video that was actually of OUR dive. (I bought one anyway…) We were WAY overweighted!! Even before you go in the park, they take your sizes for suit, fins, BC, and boots. It'll all be ready for you, when the time comes, but they never ask about weight, and they just load you down!! You'll sink like a rock. :-) They just added two 8-foot sand tiger sharks to the tank less than 10 days before we went. They were IMPRESSIVE!! I didn't think it'd be any fun to play with the people behind the windows, but I ended up spending 1/2 the dive playing with small children. Their faces light up when you point and wave at them, and they just loved it. As I did. :-) You'll be in LOTS of personal vacation photos!! The animals may not be as varied as on an offshore reef, but they make up for it in quality. The Goliath Grouper is over 550 pounds. The sharks are large and very docile, the eagle rays are amazing. Some of the largest tarpon I've ever seen. The list is impressive enough to keep you looking, and healthy enough to make you smile at yourself. The reef and plants are all made of dental plaster. They even tell you, "if you break it, we'll just make more". Looks great from a distance, looks fake when your on it. If that's your thing, you won't like this dive. Leave your jewelry and expensive camera in the car. They made us take off EVERYTHING. You have a locker to keep all your street clothes and stuff in, but they have the keys the entire time your diving. Probably you'd never, EVER have a problem, since this is Disney, and most people are good, but the divemasters are almost all instructors/divemasters working part-time in the evenings, and people are strange. The t-shirts were nice, but our night, they didn't have my size, so I'm stuffed into a smaller size. The DIVE QUEST stamp in my log book is a nice touch. No currents. No waves. EXCEPTIONALLY easy entry and exit. 23-27 feet of depth depending on the "tide". 210 feet of visibility. A MUST dive for a novice. A great dive for an intermediate. A relaxing dive for an advanced.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    5.00
Intermediate:    4.00
Advanced:    3.00
Night diving:    1.00
   

Seasonal Information

Season:    Fall
Year:    2004
Visibility:    5.00
Current:    5.00
Surf:    5.00
 
 


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