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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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Tucson, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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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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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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
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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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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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Kettering, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Outstanding marine life and Great visibility ( take a look -http://vimeo.com/97032290 ). Visited this dive site with Anthony Key Resort in May of 2014. This outstanding site offers a mix of huge Groupers ( Nassau and Black ), Dog Snappers, Garden Eels, and 1 very friendly Moray Eel.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

You'll need a dive computer for the deco stop - it's at the lower end for recreational diving. The wreck is broken up into three main pieces, and because it was sunk intentionally for divers, you can go inside without much worry. Not really for beginners due to the depth.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

There wasn't much hype about the wreck, and I expected a stripped clean, hull of a boat with nothing but a basic shape, but was surprised to see a lot of interesting features on the main and fore decks, and around and amongst the wreck. There were a few other dive boats around the buoys / site when we arrived,... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I was diving with the Seagrape Diving folks (Cleve and etc). The dive is great: you start near the reef, and then swim a bit going down to about 100ft. The boat is split in 3 parts, and you can swim thru some of them. Look for the green eel that is always around the boat. Huge groupers are guaranteed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Lot's of friendly grouper and a very friendly green moray (at least to me!). Nearby reef allows for gradually shallower dive to off-gas and continue a pleasant dive.

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Red Deer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Or dive on a wreck, great dive especially for first time wreck divers. Your boat can moor directly above the site or just up on the reef, either way it is awesome. I have dove on the El Aquila numerous times with "Octopus Dive School" located at the Blue Bahia in Sandy Bay. I also recommend them as they pride... More

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