5390 NE 180th Ave., Williston, Florida 32696.
Motorway Interstate 75 exit north of Reddick on Highway 318 West to Williston. Follow U.S. 27 Alternate west for 1.6km then turn right onto Co Rd 502, after 1.6km.
All year Mon-Thu 9-18, Fri-Sun 8-18, last diver in at 16:30.
Night dives available.
General Admission: Adults USD 9, Children (0-2) free.
Dive Fees: Day Ticket USD 37, Night Dive USD 15.
|Address:||Devil's Den, 5390 NE 180th Ave., Williston, Florida 32696, Tel: +1-352-528-3344, Fax: +1-352-528-2400. E-mail:|
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Devil's Den is a karst spring, or better a short cave with a sump at the end, which is commercially used for cave diving. A pair of entrepreneurial divers bought the land around the cave in the early 1990s. They widened the cave entrance and built a path to the sump, constructed a diving platform with a wooden stair into the water.
The spring is now open to all divers with open-water diver certification. Obviosly cave diving is not "open water" diving, but the owners admit that the divers have direct access to the surface, not confined like a true cave. Devil's Den is a popular training spot for scuba instructors from throughout the country. It is a perfect place to taste the forbidden fruit of cave diving, without the danger of a cave.
The entrance hall of the cave is reched through a widened, but still narrow passageway. A huge limestone chamber with a wide hole in the ceiling, dripping with green vines.