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Judestudio
07-24-2007, 07:22
Has anyone done it? It's called Dive Quest at Epcot Disney World Resort. I'm a Disney fan, this sound awfully exciting!
Disney World Resort at Epcot (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/parks/attractionDetail?id=TheSeaswithNemoandFriendsPavil ionAttractionPage)

Mickey Mouse diving! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6i61CCpr0)

Nice video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqMSHcvNFE0)

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94GTStang
07-24-2007, 08:14
If I recall, it's a snuba experience and they don't let you take pictures while you are underwater. But if you are a fan, then I say go for it!

jacewindu
07-24-2007, 09:15
i couldn't imagine doing snuba after diving for real... but i guess you take what you can get :)

Judestudio
07-24-2007, 16:17
No, it's not snuba. You carry tanks and dive in the aquarium. (See video)

georoc01
07-24-2007, 17:08
We have a similar deal at our local aquarium here in Denver, CO. They offer two dives, dive with the fishes, or a dive with the sharks.

TAH 73
07-24-2007, 19:07
Do you get a dive hood with ears? http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif
<DIV>I golfed at a Disney course and just had to hit the ball into the Mickey Mouse Bunker.</DIV>
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Judestudio
07-24-2007, 19:37
Do you get a dive hood with ears? http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif

No, but they won't stop you buying one from Disney shop smileys/smiley2.gif

Vercingetorix
07-25-2007, 15:15
You can use your own mask.

Cost is $140 for 45 minute dive. If you are NAUI-certed, the cost is $126, and you get free entry to Epcot.

DiveCaptain
07-26-2007, 09:16
My girlfriend's sister and brother-in-law are going to dothe dive at EPCOTin August. I'll be there w/ my girlfriend watching their baby. Stinks I can't do the dive but it cost around $150 bucks which I do not have to spend. http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley19.gif

DiveCaptain
07-26-2007, 09:18
One question though, do you know if you get a discount if you are PADI certified or is it just for NAUI?

thesmoothdome
07-26-2007, 13:45
My wife and I did it a few years ago. You get your own gear and wet suit and after a briefing, they pretty much turn you lose in the aquarium. It was as enjoyable as swimming around an aquarium could be. Good vis, warm water and lots of marine life. Would I do it again? Probably not, but like some other dives we've talked about on this site, I'm glad I did it.

tx.lakerat
07-27-2007, 09:19
I've seen it but never had the desire to do it...

Disneymom
07-27-2007, 09:38
Has anyone done it? It's called Dive Quest at Epcot Disney World Resort. I'm a Disney fan, this sound awfully exciting!
smileys/smiley36.gif Hey, Jude! (no pun intended) Another Disney fan! :)
That is the dive that got me started in this sport...
I have not actually completed that dive, as I did not complete my OW cert in time for my trip last month. It was bought, paid for, and cancelled.
All reviews I have read have been very positive. Cost is $140, with a 10% discount for PADI, NAUI, and SSI certs. Disney Vacation Club members, AAA members and Anuual Passholders receive a 15% discount. Tour cost does NOT include park admission, BUT you don't have to purchase admission to do the dive. (you just can't hang out in the park afterward). I plan on doing this on my next trip in October.

ParrotHead
07-27-2007, 11:04
I did it earlier this year - GREAT TIME - granted its in a tank (only 29').

The sea life is great - but playing with the kids in the windows was also fun.

Highly Recommended - esp if you are in the area. I was down on business (a trade show) that was on Disney property. So it only took a short bus ride and I was there.

-PH

Judestudio
07-27-2007, 19:48
Has anyone done it? It's called Dive Quest at Epcot Disney World Resort. I'm a Disney fan, this sound awfully exciting!
smileys/smiley36.gif Hey, Jude! (no pun intended) Another Disney fan! :)
That is the dive that got me started in this sport...
I have not actually completed that dive, as I did not complete my OW cert in time for my trip last month. It was bought, paid for, and cancelled.
All reviews I have read have been very positive. Cost is $140, with a 10% discount for PADI, NAUI, and SSI certs. Disney Vacation Club members, AAA members and Anuual Passholders receive a 15% discount. Tour cost does NOT include park admission, BUT you don't have to purchase admission to do the dive. (you just can't hang out in the park afterward). I plan on doing this on my next trip in October.
Oh thanks for the info! I want to do it, if I ever get to go to Epot! :smiley36:

By the way, I like your avatar!! LOL

Black-Gorrilla
07-27-2007, 22:55
sounds like a fun thing to take a kid that just started diving to do, like junior divers and what not...
i guess it can be cool if you dive and find your kids watching you... maybe when i have a family.

Moxie
07-28-2007, 01:04
I did a dive in the Vancouver aquarium to help clean up Spinnakers tank. Dolphins sure can poop a lot. However, the dive was interesting. I'm sure that the Disney dive would be very cool. I was tempted the last time I was in Orlando to give it a shot.

I did some blue water instead there. Wow!

diverkatie
07-30-2007, 17:46
My husband and I did this last year. It was a blast! You can take in your own mask, but they will provide you with everything else. If you are cold-natured like me, be warned - the water is 76-78 degrees, and you are given a shorty to dive in. The 45 minute limit was perfect for me - any longer, and I was going to have to call it off because I was COLD!

But, they will not allow you to bring in a camera - as they put it, there are too many people out there who would like to find anything to make Disney look bad...But, they videotape the whole thing and show you the video in your "debriefing" afterwards - so you can see it before you buy it. When they shoot the video, they get everyone coming through a "swim-through" they have in the tank, in a little bubble they have, and, if you have family on the outside, they will videotape you with them on the other side of the glass.

The animal life in the tank was cool - a HUGE grouper (the size of a VW Bug), some cool sharks, lots of fish, but I had a blast interacting with the people on the other side of the glass. My husband swam over to the glass at the restaurant, took his reg out of his mouth, and gestured to a few of the diners to see if they would share :) There were lots of kids to "play" with - I think I spent about half of my time interacting with the people visiting the aquarium...Maybe them seeing us having fun will get more people interested in diving...

I think it's a fun thing to do if you are out there...We had a blast doing that and snorkeling with manatees the next day :)

diverkatie

sasscuba
07-30-2007, 17:52
Did it once..that was enough.

Vercingetorix
07-31-2007, 14:25
I think it's a fun thing to do if you are out there...We had a blast doing that and snorkeling with manatees the next day Where did you dive with the manatees? Was that also at Disney? I can't get my wife to dive, but she can snorkel. I think she would love this. Also, I hear Disney has another reef adventure. Did you do that?

Disneymom
08-01-2007, 09:01
Rick - not meaning to be rude to Katie (please forgive me) but I'm gonna answer your question -
The Homosassas and Crystal Rivers in Florida (about an 1 to 1 1/2 hours north of Tampa) offer manatee snorkeling tours. There's lots of tour operators - just google Crystal River manatees. I'm planning on doing one in October. If your wife snorkels she should love that, as long as she's not intimidated by the manatees.

Disney's main diving tour is DiveQuest. The also offer the Dolphins In Depth tour that is similar to Dolphin Encounters. They do have a snorkeling pool over at Typhoon Lagoon, (a Walt Disney World water park) complete with little sharks and lots of fish, and it's recently come to my attention that the same park offers a 'surface' scuba excursion, but I haven't looked into/confirmed that. That would be perfect for my aquaphobic husband. I know Sea World's Discovery Island is supposed to be a really great place for snorkeling and dolphin interaction.

jawfish
08-04-2007, 08:29
Do you get a dive hood with ears?

Now that would be a HUGE seller among divers! Disney is missing the boat here (pun intended)...

Jumpinjax
08-10-2007, 20:43
DiveMaster - discount on what Epcot or Scubatoys?

Scuba_Steve
08-10-2007, 21:12
We are doing this dive on Sept 9th. If you call up and secure 12 spots its only 1000.00 so it's 85.00 per diver.

It looks like it will be a fun dive and something to do just to say you did it.

Darth Fishhead
08-12-2007, 10:18
One question though, do you know if you get a discount if you are PADI certified or is it just for NAUI?
According to the ads I've seen in Dive Training, it's just NAUI. They partnered with Disney to get this hing set up, so I imagine they would not be extending the discount to people who did not spend money with their organization.

Scuba_Steve
08-12-2007, 10:47
One question though, do you know if you get a discount if you are PADI certified or is it just for NAUI?
According to the ads I've seen in Dive Training, it's just NAUI. They partnered with Disney to get this hing set up, so I imagine they would not be extending the discount to people who did not spend money with their organization.

Funny thing; you get a better discount if you are a AAA member. The price for AAA is 119.00.

or do like we are doing and get a total of 12 for the big discount of 85 per person.

Damselfish
08-12-2007, 11:10
I've heard of discounts for practically every certification agency, AAA, etc When I did it I got one by using American Express.

porsche060
08-12-2007, 11:19
Baltimore aquarium also has a deal..

underwaterdan
08-12-2007, 19:26
This dive has been on my list from day one after my cert! There is a great review of it, going into almost every detail here(http://www.scubadivinguniverse.com/article1.html)
I can't wait to go!

scubapimpin
08-14-2007, 21:08
Its called the Epcot Dive Quest. The Dive Quest is about 2 hours long, they start off by giving you a back stage tour of the Living Seas and talk about all that Disney is doing for conservation, then you change into wet suits and you get to do a 40 minuted dive, not snuba, inside the Living Seas. On fascinating thing is that all of the species of wildlife that you will encounter is either protected or endangered species, so you get to see rare stuff that would be unlikely to see in the wild. No, you cannot bring a camera, but one of the staff videotapes the dive, and the tapes are availible for purchase. If you are going, be sure not to miss this great experience! I had a blast! There is also a snorkel quest for those that are not certified to dive, but want to experience the Living Seas from within.

wxboy911
08-14-2007, 21:43
I think it would be worth it-It looks like a fun dive to do once. I don't know when I will get to go but its on my list.

Xspect
08-15-2007, 19:46
Me and my wife been thinking about do this. But for the $$$ we could have a better exp.

Disneymom
08-16-2007, 13:36
I'm going in October! :comic11:

comet24
08-16-2007, 17:26
I dived in the Baltimore Aquarium before. You can dive in the Ray Tank and the Atlantic Corral Reef tank. Great experience.

Panhandle Joe
08-19-2007, 09:39
Thanks for the posting on this oppurtunity. Soundss like a great thing to do as a family. I assume the let the younger ones dive if the have a C-card?

NitroWill
08-19-2007, 09:48
As long as they are 10+ and have a (Jr) Certification you can dive. If they are ages 10-14 you must have a parent or guardian diving with them.

Scuba_Steve
08-22-2007, 09:27
I have one spot available on sept 9th @ 6:30 for 85.00 if anyone is interested.

jmb
08-24-2007, 09:27
The Epcot dive was worth it for me - not so much the actual dive, but for the chance for my family to be able to see me dive. Where else could my grandsons get to watch and have their picture taken "with" me through the windows ? It was fun for them to get to come "backstage" after the dive and the Disney crew gave a little presentation to family and freinds while the divers got out of their gear and changed. It was also a very easy, shallow dive that would be fine even for new divers.

greyzen
08-24-2007, 10:18
I wanna dive with MIckey and Goofy...
Do they come too? Or is that a different dive?


*wonder how hard it would be to get snow white down there too*:comic11:

dludwig
08-26-2007, 19:37
Not a bad dive. We were at Disney last month. I thought it was the best part of the trip. AAA members receive a 20% discount, also. Couple Sand Tiger Sharks are the "top of the food chain" in there & they know it. They are a rather ominous addition to the dive but appear well fed :smiley2: so they leave the divers alone. Check it out next time you're there!

scubasamurai
08-27-2007, 18:00
did the dive, and it is a scuba exp and one to check off that you did it, or do it again if your there with the family and just wanted to get wet. had more fun making faces at the wedding guest through the glass windows, but you do freeze your behind off in that wind tunnel taking you to the dive platform

catalanMMVII
08-28-2007, 12:07
I did this dive back in January, it's a lot of fun watching through the glass your friends and family. I highly recommend this dive to anyone as it's worth it, at the end they give you a nice t-shirt ( they actually gave me 2 ) and a mask strap.

:smiley32:

NitroWill
08-28-2007, 12:08
I did this dive back in January, it's a lot of fun watching through the glass your friends and family. I highly recommend this dive to anyone as it's worth it, at the end they give you a nice t-shirt ( they actually gave me 2 ) and a mask strap.

:smiley32:

A mask strap? Ive done this dive many times and Ive never once got a mask strap..

scubasamurai
08-28-2007, 15:14
yeah , whats with the mask strap something new?? now i feel ripped hahahha. i use this dive as an excuse to break away from the family during our many trips to disney just to get some wet time. even tried talking them into making a collectors pin!!!

NitroWill
08-28-2007, 15:20
yeah , whats with the mask strap something new?? now i feel ripped hahahha. i use this dive as an excuse to break away from the family during our many trips to disney just to get some wet time. even tried talking them into making a collectors pin!!!

I did it in January and I didnt get a mask strap..or in march..june...last month...

Disney does have scuba diving character pins - they are somewhat hard to find, I have 3 out of at least 4 in the set..maybe I can snap some pictures of them..I also have a scuba diving mickey doll :smiley20:

scubasamurai
08-28-2007, 15:25
i picked up a donald scuba pin this past week, they a nemo pin collection and all the characters were in scuba gear, donald had a shrak with him.
nice scuba mickey., i did , well still do, have an old lorus divers mickey mouse watch, but the rubber started to rot now i have to find a jeweler that can make it into a "real" divers watch

NitroWill
08-28-2007, 15:32
i picked up a donald scuba pin this past week, they a nemo pin collection and all the characters were in scuba gear, donald had a shrak with him.

well I guess there are more then 4 in a collection. I have scuba mickey, pluto , and minnie..where did you get the donald and nemo pins?

scubasamurai
08-28-2007, 17:41
they were at epcot in the middle of the fairway by the large water fountain. it was in a collectors pack and they had separates got them last weekend

scubasavvy
08-29-2007, 13:09
$150 :smilie39:. I'll spend that on the plane ride from Disney to the Keys...

JipThePeople
08-31-2007, 21:55
Definitely on my to do list of dives.

scubasamurai
09-01-2007, 19:02
if your an annual passholder you get a discount as well, i thinkit was 110 can't remember must be that old dcs injury.

NitroWill
09-01-2007, 20:06
Here are the following discounts DiveQuest accepts, these should all be still in effect:

NAUI, PADI, SSI Certification: 10%
AAA Diamond Member: 15% up to 10 people, member must dive
Military: 15% up to 10 people, military member must dive
Disney Annual Passholder: 15% up to 10 people, passholder must dive
Disney Vacation Club Member: 15% up to 10 people, member must dive
Disney Visa Card: 20% up to 10 people, must pay with card & cardholder must dive

scubasamurai
09-01-2007, 20:09
Here are the following discounts DiveQuest accepts, these should all be still in effect:

NAUI, PADI, SSI Certification: 10%
AAA Diamond Member: 15% up to 10 people, member must dive
Military: 15% up to 10 people, military member must dive
Disney Annual Passholder: 15% up to 10 people, passholder must dive
Disney Vacation Club Member: 15% up to 10 people, member must dive
Disney Visa Card: 20% up to 10 people, must pay with card & cardholder must dive

damm i have a disney visa and i paid with the visa but they gave me the annual passholder discount. mmmh i wonder if they combine but i doubt it.
hey we should all do a dive quest event and freak out the people watching us and make a banner for scuba toys!! what do you think nitrowill

NitroWill
09-01-2007, 20:11
Im up for it..Its 5 minutes from my house :)

scubasamurai
09-01-2007, 20:15
i am 40 minutes away but willing to do it, should do a post and see if we get any local takers.

NitroWill
09-01-2007, 20:26
ill start one

diverdad
09-01-2007, 20:46
i found about this epcot dive a while back next time we do disney i'll give it a go(my wife is a disney freak so it will not be hard to convince her to go)

scubasamurai
09-01-2007, 20:48
cool what time fram are we looking at, i do have responsiblilities, if i want to stay on terms with the undiver wife of mine haha

NitroWill
09-01-2007, 20:48
Thread started here for all interested:

http://forum.scubatoys.com/showthread.php?t=2842

debay
09-18-2007, 09:49
didnt have time to read all the posts. Its a fun dive, but expensive. the sell point for me is that I dont get to go south often and blue/warm water dives will be rare for me. So the Epcot dive got me in the water with fish I wont get to see a lot of here in NC. THe groupers were huge, the sharks fantastic, the rays magestic. I will definatley do it again.

as posted, lots of discounts. they dont even check if you are a PADI member. just tell them on the phone and your done. I found the water warm and comfortable. 45 minutes wasnt enough. fun to play with the kids. prepare to be overweighted. think i had 30+ lbs in my gear. had to nearly fully inflate to get neutral.

fun to play with the kids and the people in the restaurant too. overall, a fun dive. ohh, and you dont get free admission to the park. they just stopped escorting people out. your supposed to exit the park. just so happens you get dumped out right at the exits, but on the INSIDE of the park. turn right instead of left and your in. if your smart, schedule a morning show and your paying one less persons admission.

dburg30
09-20-2007, 19:00
Disney touts their dive as diving in the 6th largest ocean :)

mikeburtonsc
09-23-2007, 20:58
A lot of fun, and well worth the money, you receive a t shirt and certificate after the dive. buy the dvd since you can't take cameras in the tank. the best dive I ever did

scubasavvy
09-23-2007, 21:01
I second the idea to do it. It's expensive, but I've heard from so many people, including my dive buddy that it's worth it.

sudnit5
10-13-2007, 20:22
Rick - not meaning to be rude to Katie (please forgive me) but I'm gonna answer your question -
The Homosassas and Crystal Rivers in Florida (about an 1 to 1 1/2 hours north of Tampa) offer manatee snorkeling tours. There's lots of tour operators - just google Crystal River manatees. I'm planning on doing one in October. If your wife snorkels she should love that, as long as she's not intimidated by the manatees.

Disney's main diving tour is DiveQuest. The also offer the Dolphins In Depth tour that is similar to Dolphin Encounters. They do have a snorkeling pool over at Typhoon Lagoon, (a Walt Disney World water park) complete with little sharks and lots of fish, and it's recently come to my attention that the same park offers a 'surface' scuba excursion, but I haven't looked into/confirmed that. That would be perfect for my aquaphobic husband. I know Sea World's Discovery Island is supposed to be a really great place for snorkeling and dolphin interaction.

In reference to Typhoon Lagoon, I went a couple weeks ago with some friends (you need 6 to get in). It was only $35.00 and you had to be there at appx 07:00am and be gone by 09:30 (before the park opened). We did get to swim in the pool with the sharks and fish, but the pool was small and 10 ft deep. It was a fun dive for the first 10 minutes, but after that you have seen everything.

Just thought I would share some experience.

danielh03
10-16-2007, 02:31
I have seen this on the travel channel. My wife is bound and determined to do it!

NitroWill
10-16-2007, 02:43
Me, disney mom, jw disney (disney dad) and disney daughter are doing this weds!! :)

danielh03
10-16-2007, 02:45
Me, disney mom, jw disney (disney dad) and disney daughter are doing this weds!! :)

They say that in 30 minutes of diving, you can see more types of marine life than you could in 10 years. Let us all know how it goes!

NitroWill
10-16-2007, 02:56
Ive done it a bunch of times and it never gets old..

There is an extremely diverse array of fish in the tank.. that would defintely be hard to match on a one tank dive..Usually you end up spending most of the dive entertaining the guests and interacting with them as that is truely what makes this dive unique and exciting!

BuzzF117
10-16-2007, 10:23
I am just looking for an excuse to go down to FLA just so I can do this....hmmm I have friends in Gainesville that need a church painted...thats it ROAD TRIP


nuf said
Buzz

scubajane
11-21-2007, 17:25
we were in florida when the water was really choppy. we really wanted to dive so we looked into it. it seemed really expensive for 1 dive and we had about a 3 hr drive to get there.. mabye at another time. great to know they offer a AAA discount. I LIKE SAVING MONEY.

easyrider003
12-05-2007, 07:38
Does anyone know if they offer government discounts , since I am a firefighter. I have recieved a few discounts at various hotels and sometimes if you tell them you are a government employee, you will receive a discount.

NitroWill
12-05-2007, 07:44
Does anyone know if they offer government discounts , since I am a firefighter. I have recieved a few discounts at various hotels and sometimes if you tell them you are a government employee, you will receive a discount.


Here are the available discounts I posted in the other Divequest thread :smiley20:

http://forum.scubatoys.com/southeast-florida/1245-epcots-divequest-living-seas.html#post20421

kancho
12-12-2007, 12:25
I would love to go but for 140 you can get about 2 dive trips on a boat in florida. It would be an full open water dive though you don't get equipment but I would prefer mine than any rental set. So to the people who have done that. Is it worth the money?

NitroWill
12-12-2007, 12:28
I would love to go but for 140 you can get about 2 dive trips on a boat in florida. It would be an full open water dive though you don't get equipment but I would prefer mine than any rental set. So to the people who have done that. Is it worth the money?

It's a little less then $140 with the many discounts offered ($125~ is the norm) - also get a shirt as well. Have you not read the posts? I think everyone who has done it has said its well worth it! :)

TravisD
12-12-2007, 14:44
Just did Epcot Divequest for the second time last week (12/8). Had a great time. Honestly, the big draw for us is really the interaction with the guests on the other side of the glass. The only disappointment this time for us was that the "guide" we had for the pre/post-dive tour wasn't that great. The in-water staff though were awesome.

We skipped the $35 video this time. The 6-seconds we were on screen wasn't really worth it.

It's a great way to break up a visit to Disney. Sure beats standing in lines :). Great experience if you have family watching you from the other side. Probably not the dive to do if that's the only reason you're going out there though.

adv_diver1
12-12-2007, 16:47
I have snorkled in Crystal River... very beautiful, but a little cool. Stayed at the Holiday Inn right on the water. They had a small marina right on the river with boat/gear rentals. Manatee holes very close.

Also did the Shark Encounter dive at Seaworld this summer. Pretty cool. They also took alot of good pictures of me and the dive experience. The sharks kept knocking the cage and were VERY interested in us. Very cool experience. I would recommend it to anyone. Do it at least once.

Julia
12-15-2007, 04:18
I have done this dive as well. The equipment is all Scubapro and looked brand new. Hot showers at the end, hairdryers etc. I loved it. Loved the interaction with the fish as well as the people. I think it's worth it--just one more fun thing to do at WDW that most people only dream about!

NitroWill
12-15-2007, 07:33
It's not all (or any?) Scubapro equipment anymore..

The fins, regs, and masks are Atomic. I don't recall the manufacturer of the BC - but all of it is good quality and well maintained gear.

TravisD
12-16-2007, 09:47
It's not all (or any?) Scubapro equipment anymore..

The fins, regs, and masks are Atomic. I don't recall the manufacturer of the BC - but all of it is good quality and well maintained gear.

BC's and wetsuits are still Scubapro (though they had one guy in an Akona, though we had 13 in our group I think due to some scheduling issues).

Regs are definitely Atomic's.

bob
12-16-2007, 10:24
Has anyone done it? It's called Dive Quest at Epcot Disney World Resort. I'm a Disney fan, this sound awfully exciting!
Disney World Resort at Epcot (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/wdw/parks/attractionDetail?id=TheSeaswithNemoandFriendsPavil ionAttractionPage)

Mickey Mouse diving! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jE6i61CCpr0)

Nice video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqMSHcvNFE0)

smileys/smiley36.gif
I took a group of twelve over there Dec 8th and it was a
a nice dive worth doing once. I enjoyed playing with the ladies in the restaurant, they got a kick out of me blowing kisses to them! Disney does the dive experience up right, I recommend it. Bob

TravisD
12-16-2007, 13:19
I took a group of twelve over there Dec 8th and it was a
a nice dive worth doing once. I enjoyed playing with the ladies in the restaurant, they got a kick out of me blowing kisses to them! Disney does the dive experience up right, I recommend it. Bob

Hey - we were there on the 8th. I assume you were in the 2nd group, since we did the 1st?

jastark
12-16-2007, 19:31
I have snorkled in Crystal River... very beautiful, but a little cool. Stayed at the Holiday Inn right on the water. They had a small marina right on the river with boat/gear rentals. Manatee holes very close.

That's about 30-40 min north of me! Best bring your 5-7mm if you get cold easy.