LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Imagine the ultimate dive site with guaranteed calm seas, no current, unlimited visibility, vivid coral formations and more than 65 species of marine life. Imagine non-aggressive sharks, majestic eagle rays, thousands of tropical fish and a 400-pound sea turtle. Imagine not having to get into dive gear until you’re in the water.
Divers experience all of this and more at Epcot DiveQuest, a program for Walt Disney World guests offered at The Seas with Nemo & Friends (formerly The Living Seas) pavilion.
The dive takes place in one of the world’s largest aquariums — 5.7 million gallons of salt water with a maximum depth of 27 feet. To put it in perspective, Spaceship Earth, which is 160 feet in diameter, could fit inside the aquarium with room to spare. Epcot DiveQuest is an undersea spectacle: more than 2,000 reef inhabitants, including angelfish and trigger fish, sea turtles and sharks, put on a one-of-a-kind show for the divers and for Epcot guests who can watch through the aquarium’s four-story windows.
After suiting up in waist-deep water, groups of 12 divers are guided by a Seas with Nemo & Friends dive master for a 40-minute dive. The entire 3-hour program includes a presentation on marine life research and conservation, and an overview of The Seas with Nemo & Friends pavilion. An informal question-and-answer session follows.
Dives are scheduled daily at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Participants also will receive a T-shirt, a certificate, and a dive log stamp as part of the $140 fee. Epcot admission is not required. Divers must show proof of scuba certification and sign a legal waiver. All gear is provided, with lockers for changing and showering.
For reservations, call 407/WDW-TOUR.