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Diving in Florida Springs and Sinkholes

Updated on September 10, 2015
Devil's Den is an underwater wonderland for divers.
Devil's Den is an underwater wonderland for divers.

Florida is a Divers Paradise with its Sunshine and Cool Waters

When the long sultry days of summer begin in Florida it is time to call your diving friends and plan a vacation to Florida. Or if you live in Florida, then you probably already have your favorite springs that you plan to visit.

However, there are so many aqua diving places and maybe some you have not heard about like Devil’s Den Springs a Scuba Diving Resort located outside Williston Florida on Hwy. 27 West.

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Divers preparing to dive and explore in the blue coolness of Devil's Den.
Divers preparing to dive and explore in the blue coolness of Devil's Den.

Diving in Florida's Unique Places

Diving in Florida

When the long sultry days of summer begin in Florida it is time to call your diving friends and plan a vacation to Florida. Or if you live in Florida, then you probably already have your favorite springs that you plan to visit.

However, there are so many aqua diving places and maybe some you have not heard about like Devil’s Den Springs a Scuba Diving Resort located outside Williston Florida on Hwy. 27 West. Plunging into the chilly waters will refresh the divers on a hot summer's day.

Devil’s Den located inside a sinkhole---it is Florida’s Prehistoric Underground Springs---it is an unusual phenomenon with its 33 million year old fossil beds. The water stays at 72 Degrees this makes it a cool place to dive. Don't forget your underwater camera and share on YouTube.

Mother Nature truly smiled on its pristine surroundings with clear cool water. Diving in this cavern is a lifetime experience. Its housed with a dry cave and shaped like an upside down mushroom. It is really beautiful with light streaming down from the hole at the top of the cavern; one can see the fish swimming in the crystal clear water.

Florida has designated it as Prehistoric Site--- because divers found the bones of a man who dated to 7500 B.C. The skeleton remains at the Smithsonian. Other items found were shark teeth, a fossilized camel, and outlines of many sea biscuits in the rocks and on the walls. Prehistoric saber tooth tiger bones and a giant sloth bones and many fossils were found in the cavern.

Decades of children in the Levy County area swam in Devil’s Den before it became commercialized. Back then it was a big hole in a field with a broken barbed wire fence trying to keep people out. A place that parents told their children---not to go swimming there--- because it was too dangerous. However, some of the parents went swimming in Devil’s Den and I will never tell who told me.

Divers are also trained at Devil’s Den as well as policemen, firemen and any agency that would need certification to perform their Jobs. And, agencies of others states have trained here.

They also have camping and hookups for R.V.’s, picnic tables, grills, a swimming pool, cabins and a trailer for rent. Devil’s Den is a great place for divers and their families to spend a fun weekend away from home scuba diving, free diving and camping.


Ginnie Springs Divers Entrance
Ginnie Springs Divers Entrance

Ginnie Springs is Awesome

Ginnie Springs Florida is known around the world and has maintained its popularity with divers. Its in High Springs Florida and is part of the Santa Fe River.

The 72 degree water is wonderful for divers, and the Santa Fe River is known for its summer tubing, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kaykinging and scuba diving.

Another great place for a family vacation---while the divers in the family go diving---there is so much for the other family members to do.Nature is all around to enjoy and educate us.

In Ginnie Springs is an enormous underwater world with its vast caves, many species of colorful fish with fresh water spouting from the Florida Aquifer; in millions of gallons of fresh water makes it a gorgeous underwater world to visit.

Ginnie Springs Wilderness Site's sprinkled over 200 acres---this is so much fun for a family to put up tents---letting the children have their own pup-tents.

You have to beat the crowds there---because on these sites it is--- first come is first served.

Orange Grove Sink is a diver's paradise. It is located in Live Oak Florida.
Orange Grove Sink is a diver's paradise. It is located in Live Oak Florida.
Peacock Springs has the longest underwater cave system.
Peacock Springs has the longest underwater cave system.

Orange Grove Sink is in Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park

Orange Grove Sink is part of Peacock Springs in Live Oak Florida---it is a state park renamed after the late Wesley C. Skiles. Mr. Skiles was a cave diver, adventurer and underwater cinematographer from High Springs Florida. It is now--- Wes Skiles Peacock Springs State Park.

The park has two main springs in pristine conditions. Cave divers explored the six sinkholes and the spring’s run. The water is 72 degrees year round making it an underwater paradise for divers and the many species of fish that live there.

Peacock springs had thirty-three thousand (33,000) feet of the underwater channels surveyed. It boasts of having the longest underwater cave system in the United States.

This is a vacation paradise for divers and their families to spend a week or a weekend with nature trails to explore that emulates the cave trails far below the surface. Campers will find buildings and grills for picnicking. Camping, cabins and a lodge is available for anyone who wants to stay and have the time of their life.

Divers search for Lionfish and spear them because their sting can be fatal.
Divers search for Lionfish and spear them because their sting can be fatal.

Danger Warning to Divers---Lionfish

Lionfish are dangerous to humans because of their poisonous fin rays. This feature is not common between any other marine fish in the coral reefs. Divers eliminated them to protect humans and other fish that live in the coral reefs on the East Coast.

The strength of their venom is toxic to fisherman and divers and can cause life-threatening pain, sickness, vomiting, and fever. It can also cause breathing issues, seizures, faintness, headaches, numbness and tingling, and congestive Heart failure.

If stung by a Lionfish get treatment immediately. This is a great threat to divers especially since they are the ones in the water around where these fish live. The divers in the video are doing a great service for humans and all species of marine life and I for one thank them.

Some reports indicated the venom is seldom fatal to humans in good physical shape. But who wants to take that chance? Not me---so sometimes we humans receive the information and the intelligence to eliminate harm for us and other fish. And the Dixie Divers are taking care of business for all human safety and well-being.

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  • vocalcoach profile image

    Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    Wow, Bobbie ~ Voted up and completely across on this amazing guide! I want to visit these spots. Absolutely gorgeous photos which call out to me.

    You've given a perfect presentation including the cute fish divider and link. Sharing and thankyou.

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi vocalcoach,

    Are you ready to go diving? Free diving is what I did and it was fun. Have a great week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Wow, you have actually done this? How cool is that, Bobbi? I'm very impressed. I would do it if I could ever get to Florida...in fact, I would love to do this.

    Maybe some day, right?

    Great hub! A little different for you but I enjoyed it greatly.

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    Ginnie Springs sounds wonderful, Bobbi! Great explanations of the areas :)

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi Bill,

    Yes, free diving is a lot of fun. You can dive in the caves and go deep but you have to be licensed and carry heavy tanks on your back or sides. I will stick to Free Diving.

    Thanks for your visit.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi Christy,

    I have been to Ginny Springs and Devil's Den but not to Peacock Springs. Since I love nature is was a wonderful trip for me.

    Thank for your visit and comment. Have a great week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Bobbi, this is fascinating and so are the videos. I'm ashamed to say, as a Florida resident, I've not heard of any of these locations. In fact the only town that sounds familiar is Live Oak.

    We have an abundance of sink holes in Central Florida, but they seem to swallow home and roads and don't provide any type of recreation. We do have many springs, tho. One in particular, Rock Springs, located in Apopka has been deemed unsafe for humans. It used to be a great place to have picnics, birthday parties and cool off in the clear water of the spring. Unfortunately, neighboring farms and landscape nurseries have polluted Rock Springs with the run-off of pesticides. The spring is now contaminated, full of algae and no longer clear.

    When will learn to quit killing our environment?!

    This is an awesome hub, Bobbi. Where are these location?

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi bravewarrior,

    Ginny Springs is in High Springs Florida and Devil's Den is located on the outskirts of Williston. I have been to Ginny Springs the most. It is beautiful and Devil's Den is great for Divers and their families it is also a lovely place to camp.

    Anyone can Free Dive that is what I loved doing. Thanks for your visit.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

    Beautiful photos and well done on this article. I really enjoyed it, having lived in Florida for a few years. Thank you for sharing this. whonu

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    Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

    Bobbi, in what part of Florida are they located? I've lived in South Florida and now live in Central Florida. My geography sucks and I haven't seen all this state has to offer, thus my ignorance! (P.S. I've lived in Florida since 1976 so I guess I'm really out of touch!)

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    Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

    Oh how I wish I could! lol! this was fabulous, and the photos were amazing too. I have seen it on tv, and thought, I wish! wonderful hub, nell

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    whonunuwho,

    Thank you for your visit and comment. Have a great week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    bravewarrior,

    Northern part of Central Florida---check the website links on the hub and they will give you a map. Maybe that will help.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi Nell Rose,

    Thanks for your visit and kind words. Have a great new week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    Oh, my, I'd be scared to death of diving like this! I've been to a couple of the Springs, though.

    Voted UP and shared.

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    Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

    Hi Bobbi,

    I have always wanted to visit Florida. The places you have presented look amazingly beautiful. I would definitely visit them if I ever travel to Florida! Thanks for sharing this very interesting hub!

    Voted up, interesting and awesome!

    Have a lovely day,

    Chris

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    Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

    Brilliant Bobbi I loved this one.

    Eddy.

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi Mary,

    You would have a great time---just go tubing down the river with friends. And have a picnic when you reach the end of the river.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi Chris,

    Florida is such a great place to find anything you would like to do. Sometimes--- the ones who live in Florida do not take the time to enjoy it. Have a great day.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi Eddy,

    A new profile photo--WOW! Have a happy day.

    BobbiPurvis

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    pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

    Wow...wish I was in Florida instead....Great hub!

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    Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

    Our deepest spring down here with the clearest clean water - only 3 hours per car from me - is not yet commercialized . So only serious divers enjoy it's underwater beauty and surrounding nature. Water is an irresistible attraction also down here :)

    Beautiful hub with awesome videos! Thank you, Bobbi!

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi pandula77,

    Florida is a great place to live and thanks for your visit and kind words. Have a wonderful week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi MartieCoetser,

    How is it in Africa? Nice to hear from you and thanks for your kind words. Have a great week.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Mark Johnson 4 years ago from England

    As a novice scuba diver I have been interested in cave systems and floridas sink holes. Has anyone dived in southeast asia? I hear its the capital for scuba diving as its less busy and has some of the cheapest courses even in the tourist traps. Im particularly interested in the dive islands off Thailand - Ko Tao, Ko Phangan

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    PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

    AmbitiousMarketer,

    Thanks for your visit and comment. I hope you are photogtaphing all your adventures and maybe evening writing a book. Stay safe in your diving and have fun.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Amanda Littlejohn 3 years ago

    Wow! That has blown me away completely. I've always loved swimming but this just looks like swimming in a totally magical wonderland.

    Boy, would I like to do that. Great photos and videos, too.

    Thanks for sharing this. :)

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    PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

    Hi Stuff4kids,

    This is a beautiful and if you are a diver you can see even more. Thanks for your visit and comment.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    i can't swim and don't know how but I love to read and watch scuba diving articles

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi peachpurple,

    Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I learned to swim in Girl Scout Camp and it was a blessing I did because I taught the kids who didn't know in the neighborhood to swim.

    Thanks,

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Silva Hayes 2 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

    Lovely article. I'm sending a link to my beautiful granddaughter who lives in Florida and is a super-swimmer. Thanks!

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi Silva Hayes,

    Thanks for the visit and wonderful comment. Northern Florida is a little chilly today, but the sunshine feels wonderful. I just fed my wildbirds and so many come from the north during the winter months and they are hungry.

    Have a wonderful 2015.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    poetryman6969 2 years ago

    Sounds like an incredibly cool and dangerous hobby. It must be thrilling!

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi poetryman6969,

    I am sure it is for the lucky ones who have time for it. I loved it when I had time although I always went with expert divers and I did not go into caves alone.

    Thanks for your visit and comment.

    Have a great weekend.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    What beautiful locations to explore. I'm not a diver, but this sure makes me wish I were! Voted up and more, pinning.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    FlourishAnyway,

    Good Morning,

    I hope your weekend will be wonderful and full of sunshine. Thanks for shopping by it is always great to see your smiling face.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Comfort Babatola 2 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

    To think that I live so close to Florida and didn't know anything about these beautiful landscapes mentioned here. I've been to Amelia Islands, that's about it.

    Now I know where to go for those backyard adventures. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and beautiful, and sharing.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi ComfortB.

    It is great to hear from you. Florida has it all, but Georgia has many great places. I would like to revisit some of Georgia---especially Savannah and other sites of interest.

    You have a wonderful Thursday.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

    Been to these...I cannot scuba dive (ear issues) but can enjoy the beauty of our amazing springs here.

    thank you so much for sharing some of our best kept secrets.

    Angels are on the way to you ps

    Shared pinned g+ voted up

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    Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    These are such beautiful places! Surely you don't have to be a diver to visit them. I quit my diving class before I got licensed and never did go back and finish. I would love to visit all of the places! Pinning this for future reference! Great hub!

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    Bill 2 years ago from western pennsylvania

    I used to have relations that lived in Florida, but this is the first time that I have ever heard of this place. I have gone diving before in the British Virgin Isles and would consider going and trying it in Florida. great article and voted up and helpful .

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi pstraubie48,

    Thanks for your visit and comment-it is always great to hear from you. And, here is another secret---my girlfriends and I went swimming in Devil's Den when it just a hole in a cow pasture--before it became famously known. If our parents had known we would still be on restriction.

    Have a great Thursday.

    Bobbi Purvis.

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    Hi sgbrown,

    I am happy you enjoyed the pictures, but they cannot compare to being there in person. I hope you get a chance to visit someday..

    Have a great Thursday.

    It is nice to see you again.

    Bobbi Purvis

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    PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

    handymanbill,

    I am sure you would love it. They have a website and you can find out more about the location, hours, and fees. Florida is a divers paradise with all the salt and fresh waters to scuba, cave and deep sea diving in---a fun place for a family vacation.

    Thanks for your visit and comment.

    Bobbi Purvis

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