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Florida's Natural Springs and Sinkholes

Diving in the cool waters of Florida is a joy for all. Safety first, and then fun. Always dive with a partner and check your gear first.

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Safety First--Check Your Gear--Dive with a Partner

Florida is a diver's paradise with inviting aqua springs and sinkholes for scuba diving, cave diving, and exploring in caverns for fossils. Diving in the cool waters of Florida is a joy for all. Safety first, and then fun. Always dive with a partner—first check your gear.

Have fun viewing "Florida's Natural Springs and Sinkholes are a Diver's Paradise" and visit when you can.

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Devil's Den Prehistoric Springs

Devil's Den in Williston Florida


End of the Walkway at Devil's Den


Diving in Florida's Unique Places

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 aquaria 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.

It is 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 it on YouTube.

Mother Nature truly smiled on its pristine surroundings with clear, cool water. Diving in this cavern is a lifetime experience. It's housed in 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 a Prehistoric Site—because divers found the bones of a man who dated back to 7500 B.C. The skeleton remains at the Smithsonian. Other items found were shark teeth, a fossilized camel, and the outlines of many sea biscuits in the rocks and on the walls. Prehistoric saber-tooth tiger bones, a giant sloth bone, and many fossils were found in the cavern.

Before it was commercialized, children in the Levy County area swam in Devil's Den for decades.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. Some of the parents, however, went swimming in Devil's Den, and I'll never tell you who told me.

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Devil's Den

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Ginny Springs


Ginnie Springs is Awesome

Ginnie Springs, Florida is known around the world and has maintained its popularity with divers. It is located 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, kayaking, and scuba diving.

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

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

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

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

Peacock Springs


Before Devil's Den became Commercialized

Many of the teenagers who lived in and around Williston, Florida, would slide down a rope to the cold waters of Devil's Den.

If my parents had caught my girlfriend and I one Sunday—when we were supposed to be going to church— Instead, we went diving in the Devil's Den. It was so beautiful and dangerous, but we were so young--fear was not in our vocabulary.

I was always the instigator since we were five years old. No, I will not mention her name. She moved next door to me in town--and the neighborhood was never the same.

The beauty of Devil's Den was enhanced after it became commercialized and is much safer. I think I might visit it again.

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 condition. 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.

The 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 emulate the cave trails far below the surface. Campers will find buildings and grills for picnicking. Camping, cabins, and a lodge are 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.

Lionfish are Dangerous to Divers

Lionfish are dangerous to humans because of their poisonous fin rays. This characteristic is not shared by any other marine fish found in 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 fishermen 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 indicate 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. Thanks, Dixie Divers, for taking care of business for all human safety and well-being.

Diving in Florida

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2013 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 04, 2015:


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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 04, 2015:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 04, 2015:

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.

Bill from Greensburg Pennsylvania on March 04, 2015:

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 .

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 04, 2015:

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!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 04, 2015:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on March 04, 2015:

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

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on March 04, 2015:

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.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 28, 2015:


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

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 27, 2015:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on February 01, 2015:

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

poetryman6969 on February 01, 2015:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 18, 2015:

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

Silva Hayes from Spicewood, Texas on January 18, 2015:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 11, 2015:

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.


Bobbi Purvis

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 11, 2015:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on January 21, 2014:

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

Amanda Littlejohn on January 21, 2014:

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. :)

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 26, 2013:


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

Mark Johnson from England on May 26, 2013:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 14, 2013:

Hi MartieCoetser,

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

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 14, 2013:

Hi pandula77,

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

Bobbi Purvis

Martie Coetser from South Africa on May 14, 2013:

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!

Dr Pandula from Norway on May 14, 2013:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 08, 2013:

Hi Eddy,

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


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 08, 2013:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 08, 2013:

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

Eiddwen from Wales on May 08, 2013:

Brilliant Bobbi I loved this one.


Chris Achilleos on May 08, 2013:

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,


Mary Hyatt from Florida on May 08, 2013:

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.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:

Hi Nell Rose,

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

Bobbi Purvis

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:


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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:


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

Bobbi Purvis

Nell Rose from England on May 07, 2013:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 07, 2013:

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!)

whonunuwho from United States on May 07, 2013:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:

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

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 07, 2013:

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?

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:

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

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on May 07, 2013:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 07, 2013:

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 fact, I would love to do this.

Maybe some day, right?

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

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on May 07, 2013:

Hi vocalcoach,

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

Bobbi Purvis

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on May 07, 2013:

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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