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El Aquila Wreck Dive

Sandy Bay, Honduras
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Ranked #9 of 11 Attractions in Sandy Bay
Type: Reefs
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North Conway, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I dove this wreck with the Anthony's Key Resort dive staff of whom I cannot say too many great things: knowledgeable, gracious, helpful, and very professional. This is a nice dive and penetrating the wreck is doable if you are well briefed and use caution. Definitely go through AKR.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

What a fun dive!!! The wreck is really interesting -- lots of things to see. The incredibly large groupers seems to skulk around as if they are guardians of the wreck, but they don't bother the divers at all. After a while, you start to wonder who is watching who!

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Joseph City, Arizona
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I dove the El Aquila in June of 2014 and it is near the top of my list of favorite dives. I have been diving since 1980 and have dove all over the Pacific, warm & cold, the Atlantic & Caribbean. The wreck is a pretty decent wreck dive with the max depth of about 120 feet on the sand... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The wreck sits around 100' and we had a fun dive. Two large grouper followed us the entire time and a very large moray eel was guarding the wreck itself. It actually stayed above deck and followed divers as they took video/pics. Exciting spot!

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Kemah, Texas, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Long boat ride for us that was only made worth while by the large grouper on this site. Would opt for any other site before this one again, not much to see as it is a very old wreck broke into two large incomplete pieces on a sandy bottom. Black and Yellow Edge Grouper make it entertaining, near by reef... More

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Seabrook, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

the ship sets around 100 ft,good for navigation training for advanced skill diving. When we dove there were multiple dive boats at the site. Many divers not interested in other divers experience or their surroundings. The best thing about the dive was that we quickly identified that our better dive plan was to check out the coral near the ship... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We were surprised to find that Roatan had a couple of wrecks to dive. The 230' Aquila wreck was sunk in 1997 and ripped in half by hurricane Mitch in 1998. The cargo ship now sits in 110' of water and does not have much to offer for penetration. Groupers hangout around the wreck and the water was clear. I... More

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Broomfield, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Deep wreck dive but doable by all as long as you watch your time. I ended up with an 11 minute deco stop! No danger, just a long wait at 15 feet. Very clear, big groupers. A cool dive.

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Austin, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Love a good deep wreck dive! Even though it's not very old (only 20 years or so), it is an exciting dive, with great photo ops, if you're into that. There's also an Amazing coral mountain right next to it for your ascent pleasure:)

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Austin, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This was the first deep dive I ever did and it was a doozy. The shipwreck doesn't have the feel of a Pirates of the Caribbean or anything but it's still one of the coolest dives i've ever done.

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