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In Orlando For A Day, Any Decent Nearby Diving?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by bdshort, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. bdshort

    bdshort Solo Diver

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    Just arrived in Jacksonville today after a cruise, and will be driving to Orlando once we disembark. I have a full day in Orlando. Most likely planning on driving to Cape Canaveral but was curious if there was anywhere interesting to dive in the Orlando area. No buddy or gear so I'd need a guide. Also flying out at 7am the next morning so probably nothing deep either.
     
  2. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

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    Disney's Epcot Centers Dive Quest is fun enough to do once or twice. Jupiter is the closest ocean diving but my bet is marine conditions are not very good right now. Operators include Jupiter Dive Center, Captain Sl8er, Stuart Scuba. Devils Den in Williston Florida is also a fun spring dive to do once or twice
     
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  3. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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  4. John A Lewis

    John A Lewis Scuba Media & Publications

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    Don't they still give a discount to NAUI C-card holders?

    It's worth doing just to have bragging rights to say you've done it.
     
  5. pickens_46929

    pickens_46929 Contributor

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    Call and ask. They often have AAA, PADI, NAUI and other discounts available. Saves maybe 10%.

    They have two groups a day typically both late afternoon. Book the earlier one because after you are finished, you can roam around Epcot. Eat dinner and drink. Watch the fireworks.
     
  6. pickens_46929

    pickens_46929 Contributor

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    Rainbow River is also a pretty neat dive up that way.

    Also there's a Manatee snorkel + Cavern dive with American Pro Diving out of Crystal River that's pretty neat.
     
  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

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    Blue Spring (Orange City), Alexander Spring, a few Daytona dive ops and the list goes on. If you don't mind driving, go to Venice Beach and search for Meglagon teeth. You're in Florida. There's diving just about everywhere.
     
  8. bdshort

    bdshort Solo Diver

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    The Epcot dive sounds interesting. It doesn't sound like they run it on Sunday's though. I'm not sure I feel like all the way to some of the other suggestions either, so I think I may save the diving for a later Florida vacation and just visit the Kennedy Space Center. I think it's been over 30 years since I've been there!
     
  9. scuba5150

    scuba5150 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Shame you can't do the Epcot dive - I thought it was great.
    HOWEVER, the space center is outstanding. Similar to you I had about 25 years between visits and went back two years ago. It is tremendous - make sure to take the tour that takes you to the Mission Control building where the presentation is excellent. Also, their display of a space shuttle is done much better that other displays I've seen - e.g. the Smithsonian.
     

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