Diving locations in Levy Count
y are Devil's Den and Blue Grotto near Williston, and Manatee Springs State Park, near Chiefland.

Please contact the individual locations for their rules and regulations.

Devil's Den

Visit one of North America's most prehistoric places, Devil's Den - an underground spring inside a dry cave in central Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million - 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil's Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C.

The pleasant year-around temperature of 72 degrees in the Den allows comfortable diving, winter or summer. On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the cave's chimney. Hence, the early settlers called the place Devil's Den.

You'll find open water and cavern diving at its best & will be fascinated by the rock formations with stalactites and 33 million year old fossil beds, truly a natural wonder.

Devil's Den is not actual cave diving as it's an open cavern. It requires open water certification.

 

5390 NE 180th Ave - Williston, Fl. 32696

352-528-3344

http://www.devilsden.com

Blue Grotto

Come to Blue Grotto and discover the rich beauty and thrilling experience of diving the largest clear water cavern in Florida. Located deep in the heart of freshwater spring country near Williston, you will be able to dive to a depth of 100' into this cavern, which remains a constant 72 degrees year round. Only open water certification is necessary! Picnic tables, bathhouse and the safest cavern dive in the area make Blue Grotto a wonderful trip for the entire family.

After viewing a brief video, the dive begins at the mouth of the cavern, which is 80' wide and 20' high. Look from topside into the sharp blue of thn pool and you will understand why Blue Grotto is well known for its visibility year round. 20' below the surface is the only air bell available to spring divers in the region., filled with fresh compresedair that allows you a unique opportunity to stop and talk with your buddy under the water. Descending from there, at 50' a permenent guideline brings you to the crescent shaped cavern where you will experience an array of fossils along the walls of the chamber and an abundance of aquatic life waiting for a free handout. But words will not do justice to the experience of diving in the secret underwater hideaway. Come dive for yourself!

3852 172nd Ct. - Williston, FL 32696

352-528-5770

http://www.divebluegrotto.com

Manatee Springs State Park

The first-magnitude spring at this park produces an average of 100 million gallons of clear, cool water daily. In winter, West Indian manatees swim upriver to the warmer waters of the springs. Popular for snorkeling and scuba diving, the headwaters of the spring are also a great spot for swimming. The spring run forms a sparkling stream that meanders through hardwood wetlands to the Suwannee River. Canoe and kayaks can be rented May through September. Children enjoy the playground in the picnic area. Hiking and bicycling are available on the north end trail system. The full-facility campground is surrounded by red oak woods

Scuba divers must present their certification upon registration. Open water, cavern and cave diving is available in Manatee Spring or Catfish Hotel Sink. Dive instructors are required to purchase a Commercial Dive Permit. All divers are required to register with the office prior to diving. All divers must be registered by 3:00 pm and out of the water, with their c-cards returned, by 5:00 p.m.

11650 N.W. 115th Street - Chiefland, Florida 32626

(352) 493-6072

http://www.floridastateparks.org/manateesprings

 

 

 

And a Special Treat:

We are fortunate to have as a nearby neighbor, Jill Heinerth, an accomplished cave diver, author and speaker. In her own words, "Overcome challenges and realize your full potential to serve humanity and sustain the planet."

Visit Jill's website and take in "An extraordinary spirit of discovery."

http://intotheplanet.com

 

These 2 photos by Jill Heinerth

 

 





























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