Dive The Eagle
The Eagle: (70-110’) In our opinion, the best wreck in the Keys. She is amazingly beautiful, full of old growth and a real sealife magnet.
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WRECKS AND SPECIALTY DIVES
This 287 ft’ long freighter is small enough to travel her entire length during one dive but large enough that you may not even see another dive buddy group while you dive her.She was sunk as an artificial reef in 1985 and lies on her starboard rail. She's just a magnet for aquatic life attracting a vast variety of marine life, including tarpon, jacks, turtles, schooling baitfish and a whole lot more. This dive is a *must see* for wreck divers. Hurricane George broke this wreck in half and made it more exciding than ever. Come see it to believe it.
Video footage shot by Chris Carella
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FULL MOON DIVE
THE DARK SIDE OF OCEAN QUEST
A Full Moon Night Dive with Ocean Quest Dive Center is a truly unique experience.
Familiar sites become filled with new creatures. Strange behaviors in familiar fish can be seen: sleeping parrot fish; butterfly fish swimming in tight circles; reef squid stalking prey in the glow of your light. Colors jump out at you from the reef and sealife as you drift through a coral canyon.
This is all possible with an Ocean Quest Full Moon Dive! Departures leave our dock approximately 30 minutes before sunset; you and your buddies will have a reef to yourselves if you wish. So if you don't want to miss this fabulous dive opportunity, call us now to book one of these dates during the balance of 2009."
Night Dives (single tank), six person minimum, with tanks & weights: $59
September 04 & 05, 2009
October 04 & 05, 2009
November 04, 2009
December 02 & 03, 2009
A couple of notable Full Moon Dive sites:
Davis Reef : A 25-30 ft deep coral encrusted limestone ledge that is home to immense schools of colorful fish, moray eels and a common cat napping sea turtle bunk house . The shallow depths give long bottom times so give it a try.
Hens and Chickens : A 25 ft reef and a very special site, unlike any you've seen before. Littered with mountainous sheet coral, you'll think you've been whisked up by a space ship and deposited on an underwater moon. Critters galore, giant tarpon, huge spotted eagle rays, and an occasional octopus to keep you company. A must see with loads of bottom time.
Crocker Drop: A drop off or mini wall that starts in 55 ft of water and can reach down to 90 ft. This site is a favorite day dive and a phenomenal night dive to be experienced.
USCG Cutter Duane: (70-120 ft)
A premier wreck for swim-throughs, the 327’ Coast Guard cutter, sunk as an artificial reef in 1987, the Duane sits upright on the sand. Like someone went out and built it there. It offers numerous swim-through's on its upper decks and boasts large schooled of barracuda and other fish in and around the superstructure. This is one of the premier wrecks in the U.S.
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Spiegel Grove: (55-130') This ship originally sunk landing upside down. Divers didn't like her that way, so with a lot of effort and money, we managed to turned her on her side. Then along came Hurricane Wilma and turned her right side up!! Imagine this monster, 510 ft long, 85 ft wide and sitting in only 130 ft of water! Her superstructure reaching to within 55 ft of the surface and a max. depth of 130 ft. This is for advanced divers only, as she's a little deep and there is nothing to keep you from exceeding your 60 ft limit. The currents in the area run stiff at times. She's really big, and located 20 miles by boat from our dock. Special arrangements can be made for advanced divers to explore this amazing ship.
The Infante, USS Alligator, San Pedro: These sites are historic wreck sites that are in shallow water, as little as 8 ft. Not much remains of these ships, so if you don't know what to look for you'll never know it to be a wreck site. All that remains of these ancient shipwrecks is a few ballast stones and maybe a rotted piece of wood, but they give visitors an insight into what a treasure site looks like.
LOBSTERING: August 6TH through March 31ST
Come join us for lobster season in our corner of Paradise. Ocean Quest's boats are commercially licensed for lobstering, so what could be better than trying to catch a little dinner while you dive! All you need to do is bring your determination to snatch those "bugs"; we provide the rest.
Lobstering kits are available to rent
We have our own, on site, cleaning station so that you can prepare your catch for travel. We have several spots to pick from, excluding the protected reefs, and rumor has it, that our Captains have a couple of special places of their own to find these wonderful, eatable crustaceans.
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