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“Devil’s Den for snorkelers in March”
Review of Devil's Den

Devil's Den
Ranked #4 of 8 things to do in Williston
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Owner description: Offers cavern and cave diving.
Reviewed March 11, 2009

Devil’s Den is for divers however we don’t dive but were able to snorkel in the cave. The cave/den is a dazzling site to see! The water is very clear…just by standing at the platform area we saw a large catfish, turtle, and hundreds of little fish. We snorkeled early each morning just when the cave opened…just because there were no divers in the cave yet. Although, they say it the water is 72 degrees year round….in March it doesn’t feel like it. There is no charge to snorkel, if you stay in the resorts’ the cabins. The cave is open from 8am-6pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday…hours Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm. Get there early if you snorkel because the divers come at 8am on the weekends.

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Reviewed January 10, 2007

The pros:
The staff were all are all very nice and did everything they could to help me. I wanted to dive but did not have a dive buddy. They looked around and found people for me to dive with. The place was beautiful and I enjoyed diving in the caverns. This is also a great place to bring a family and have a BBQ.

The cons:
I rented gear from them which was old and had many leaks in it. They were quick with exchanging the gear, but I many different problems with the gear that was rented to me. This is why my rating is four stars instead of five. The caverns are amazing, but there aren't that many fish. Unless you are cave certified, the depth is only about 50 feet.

I recommend this place for families and the laid back divers.

Thank TriRunnerCF
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Reviewed April 18, 2004

I recently took a refresher dive class while my friend was being certified for the first time. Our open water ocean dive in West Palm Beach was canceled due to conditions, so Devil's Den was where we'd test our skills.

In short, I found the dive different but not terribly interesting.
Devil's Den is essentially a huge sinkhole with spring water and is beautiful to look at, both topside and in the hole, as there's nothing else like it. Be comfortable with your equipment, though, because you'll have to descend about 40 steps through a narrow rock opening before you arrive on a platform in the middle of this cavern. Getting in the water was simple - there are two waist deep platforms and several underwater platforms for easy descent and ascent. The water's about 72 degrees year-round. I wore a 3mm shorty and was fine after a brief adjustment period. Visibility early in the morning is about 25 feet, but the water gets slightly muddied after several dive groups tour through.

The dive itself is basically a circle around the sinkhole with depths maxing out at 50 feet if you're lucky. I found my average depth was 35 feet. You can test your buoyancy and capacity for tight spaces by swimming under and between rock formations while giant catfish investigate you. Other than rock and catfish, there's not a whole lot to see. Some of the more extensive overhead routes have been very wisely blocked off, so a circle around the main room is about the best you can do.

My main displeasure with the dive was the crowd. To be fair, most east coast ocean dives had been canceled that day, so the crowd may have been a little thicker than usual. At any given time there were 35-45 people diving in an area that couldn't have been more than 120 feet across. As most of them were new divers being certified, there was a lot of oblivion about minding personal space; I had at least four people try to ascend right through me.

My partner, totally new to diving, found the sinkhole a little disorienting and the constant maintenance of neutral buoyancy challenging. After the first dive, she didn't want to go back in, but her second dive was much more successful and simpler, probably because she'd gotten the feel of the environment.

We both agree that we're glad we dove Devil's Den and can say we've experienced a uniquely Floridian diving environment, but neither of us feel like it merits a second visit.

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