About Ocean Quest Newfoundland
The Newfoundland Ocean Quest lodge is one of divings best kept secrets. Built in 2004, it is a home away from home and the best place from which to step into exploring the coast of Labrador and Newfoundland. Conception Bay South may look like a sleepy town but under the surface, the diving is raw and always rewarding. And the team at Ocean Quest are at hand to make sure you dont miss a beat during your stay.
The Ocean Quest Lodge is a 4 star establishment that has 4 rooms, which range from twin to honeymoon suite. There is also a full family suite that sleeps up to 4 people. All have private bathrooms, high speed internet and TV. There is a communal living room where the finds of the day can be traded, as well as a kitchen, BBQ and bar area. The on site sauna makes this a modern choice for modern divers. Or pull up a chair and watch the sun set behind Bell Island from the comfort of the lodge deck.
Ocean Quest dive whatever the weather. A hardy bunch that can deal with a full range of recreational and technical divers, they know how to bring out the best of their cold water environment. Scuba Travel organises a series of expeditions over the summer diving season when the days are warm and long. Flights are with Air Canada to St Johns via Halifax. The heart of each trip is the wrecks - unmissable and splendid dives again and again - but also adds that little something extra, be that whales or icebergs. A longer expedition explores the Labrador coast and dives this diverse and impressive area. There is something for everyone at Ocean Quest, including non divers so dont miss a single breath. Book your spot today and see this extraordinary destination for yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions
Newfoundland and Labrador is the closest part of North America to the UK. Newfoundland is very much an island nation (yet still twice the size of the UK!), with the Northern Atlantic on its door step. It's shores attract millions of migrating and nesting sea birds, while whales and dolphins cruise past. St Johns in on the Eastern coastline. The people are warm and welcoming - and after a tradtional screeching in, you'll feel like a local!
Weather and Climate
Newfoundland has a mild climate, compared to some Canadian destinations. Most diving takes place in the Spring or Summer months. Air temps can go from around 10 to the mid 20s. Do take sun protection, but also remember something long sleved for when you are on a boat or close to the coast. Water temps are more variable and depth dependent. Even in summer it can be around 2-3C at depth with the shallows hovering around 10-12C.
St Johns, Newfoundland is under 6hours direct flight from the UK. Flights are typically with Air Canada or Lufthansa. On certain dates or at certain times of the year, flights are indirect, with a stop in Halifax.
If you have an indirect flight, you can opt to break your journey on the Canadian mainland.
Arrange before you go
UK passport holders must apply for an electronic travel authorisation before travel (eTa) - this currently costs are $7CAD. Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. This can be completed online http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp?utm_campaign=eta_20150417_travel&utm_source=online_vanity-url&utm_medium=web-marketing&utm_content=canada.ca-eta
Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance. Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities. We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance. It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here
Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations: click here
Preparing to fly
You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance). Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point. There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens. Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.
As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline. Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.
An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort. Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here
Prebook your airport parking to save money! If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel. These aren’t as expensive as you might think. click here
What happens when I arrive?
On arrival please make your way through baggage claim and immigration. There will be a rep to meet you for your transfer. If you have any issues on arrival, please contact us. We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK. Please call 0044 7747 488 002. We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.
Transfers are typically included in your holiday package.
You will be advised locally of your final departure transfer details. There is no departure tax leaving Canada.
Included in your holiday
Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the staff and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.
Plugs and electricity
Kit hire can be arranged in resort and is paid for locally
The dive centre has a small, limited shop on site
Deposits and Balances
Ways to pay
We charge 2% on credit card transactions but nothing on UK debit card payments. All non sterling card payments will be subject to the 2% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas transfers must add £6 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions.
If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation
Diving in Newfoundland is a non stop thrill from beginning to end. Few places on earth can compete with the astonishing diving experiences you can encounter here. The Bell Island wrecks lure many divers to these cool water, but what a spectacle awaits. There are 4 Second World War relics that met a watery end in the shelter of Bell Island. Infrequently dived by anyone other than Ocean Quest, they are in incredible condition, with decking, masts, portholes and anchors all in place. Enjoy the colourful marine life smothering the decks or peer into the structures to find hidden treasures. During May icebergs drift past Conception Bay and some of these can be dived! In the summer months, humpback whales follow their food to the shores to gorge, sing and play. Minke's speed by and even beluga or narwhal have been seen here.
Ocean Quest have decades of dive experience diving in and around Newfoundland's expansive coast. They have even won a national award recognising their excellence and commitment. The dive centre have everything you would need for any training and courses on site. There is kit a plenty, including dry suits, for rent. The pool is on site and you are only a short ride away from the jetty. As a PADI and TDI training facility, all courses right through to instructor are possible. The wrecks are largely at recreational depth but do lend themselves well to technical diving - who wants to come up when the diving is this good? Ocean Quest can teach Advanced Nitrox and Decompression Procedures TDI courses.
- PADI IDC centre
- TDI technical training
- Pool on site
- Drysuit hire
- Boat diving & RIB excursions
There is no such thing as an average day with Ocean Quest. If you are diving the wrecks the boat will depart around 9am. Grab your gear and away you go. It is a short sail from Conception Bay to the wrecks, all sunk within easy distance of each other. Two dives are made before heading back to the harbour. A light lunch is served on board. If your day's adventure involves whales or icebergs, hitch up the RIB and enjoy the scenery en route to your dive site. Both of these excursions are full day trips. Finally there are some shore diving options such as the Whale Graveyard. The dive programme is flexible and can be adapted to suit your interests and experience levels.
Diving Rates & Prices
If you pre-book your diving as part of a holiday package with Scuba Travel you can take advantage of our special rates and make considerable savings on your dive package or dive course at Ocean Quest Newfoundland.
- 1 days diving from: £126 (2 dives, 12ltr tanks and weights)
- 3 days diving from: £379 (2 dives day, 12ltr tank and weights)
- 5 days diving from: £631 (2 dives per day, 12ltr tanks and weights)
Scuba Diving Courses
- PADI open water referral from: Price on request
- PADI open water course from: Price on request
- PADI advanced course from: Price on request
- Nitrox Specialty from: Price on request
- Other courses available on request
- Full set (Mask, Fins, BCD, Reg and wetsuit): £67 (per day paid locally)
These prices are subject to change and you will be advised of the exact cost at the time of booking.