Swim with sharks, turtles, stingrays and fish at Epcot DiveQuest Adventure

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort is known for its annual Food and Wine Festival and wonderful restaurants, but there's also an underwater adventure you may not know about. 
 
There's a city of sea life where you can dive right in and experience aquatic life up close and personal. It's called DiveQuest and it's located at the Seas with Nemo and Friends Pavilion.  Certified scuba divers leave behind a trail of bubbles and among the flippers and fins, there's plenty to see.
 
"One of my favorite parts of the program is that you are in the water with sharks. We have two sand tiger sharks that are eight feet long. We also have three sandbar sharks," explains Dive Master Mike Dech who adds that you can swim with sea turtles, stingrays and different varieties of fish."We have everything in there." 
 
He says all of the equipment, such as wetsuits and tanks, are provided. There's an aquarium filled with 5.7 million gallons of saltwater, it's 27 feet deep.
 
Visitor Lauren Hallal lives in Orlando but decided to give DiveQuest a try.  She never realized that this aquatic attraction has been around for years. 
 
"We have passes, and we were looking through the thing and you get a discount on it if you have an annual pass. We didn't even know this was here until we read into it."
 
Of course, the best part about being here is having fun with your friends and family, and even if they can't dive, you can still see each other through the windows. 
 
"We have our acrylic windows all around," said Dech.  "There's like 60 of them, and the divers come up to the windows and see their family through the glass, and they can see them as well and get pictures and all that stuff.  A lot of divers, when they dive out in the ocean or springs here in Florida, their family can't see them under water.  But here they can actually see their family come see them do the dive."
 
"You get to see the people and the people are so excited, and they're waving at you and you're more popular than Mickey at the moment," said Hallal. 
 
When we asked her what she enjoyed the most, she replied, "There was a sea turtle and he came up to me and gave me a kiss! It was amazing!" 
 
Hallal often dives in the Florida Keys, but she said this is much better. 
 
"You know that awe that you get when you go to the aquarium and see everything? Well, it's like that, tenfold because you're actually inside of it." 
 
It's 40 minutes of underwater tranquility, she added. You may have to dive deep in your pockets for this one. It's $175 to participate. Kids have to be 10 year of age or older.
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