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“For dive not for swim”
Review of Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs
Ranked #26 of 71 things to do in Ocala
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Owner description: Commercially operated cave diving site.
Reviewed March 31, 2012

The place is magical and I'm sure people who like dive will delightful with what their are gonna find here, but is not a place to take your family in a hot summer day and make some bbq so if you wanna try something different and want some adventure in your day go head... Anyways the place looks like needs a lot of improvements keep in mind.... you are gonna dive in the hole not for a picnic ;)

7  Thank mary62500
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Reviewed January 19, 2012

Want a Dive Site you can go to any time of the year? This is the place! Not much to look at, at first. but once you get in the water, it's awesome. The water stays the same temp, year round. If you look close enough you can find things you never expected to see....
The best time to go, is during the week. That's the best chance of least amount of people. Go and enjoy yourself, you won't regret it!

2  Thank JamesS34758
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Reviewed October 18, 2011

This was part of an advanced open water certification dive.
Not much to rave about, most certainly not the facilities.
Tricky steps to the springs!! Even worse going back up!!
On this particular day there were a lot of divers present and thus the visibility was terrible, but made for a good learning scenario and gave us a taste as to what cave diving can be like when the visibility is zero.
It was a valuable learning experience, but would I go back and pay $30.00 again?
Absolutely not.

7  Thank Northportdiver
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Reviewed October 18, 2010

Then got in water was in 3mil full wet suit on nitrox WOW really nice cavern on right hand side can do full circle turn off light look back try and describe it YOU CAN'T goin back 10/22/10 wear at least 3mil full wet suit to be comfortable WATCH STEPS TRICKY !!!!!!

4  Thank Ft_myersScubaboy
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Reviewed September 28, 2009

As the other posts said,visually, it's not impressive from the surface. A 20 foot surface pool sitting in a 30 ft sink, but wait untill you see it from the water. I was not prepared for the size of the cavern, you will need lights, in fact they require them. Pop down to 60 and 90 ft and look back up, it will humble you. At 92 ft is the grim reaper sign, trust me, my dive light peering into the blackness of the cave convinced me to go no farther. Back up for some SI time and a bite to eat, new tanks, then spend time in the upper caverns looking at fossils and exploring. Diver only attraction, no other amenities for bystanders. As on other post owners are friendly and helpful, give them a call to make sure there open before coming.
If your diving Florida caverns this is a must dive. Don't let it's low visibility and unimpressive exterior put you off.
I for one will dive it again as long as they will let me

4  Thank Rocklobster64
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