Cave Diving (Scuba Diving) High Springs Reviews
Cave Diving in Florida - The most famous Cave Diving spot May 01, 2008
I've spent the week of April 22nd in High Springs, a small city about two hours driving from Orlando - Florida in the United States.
The main purpose of this trip is to know and dive at famous Florida Caverns.
We stayed most of the time at High Springs, the largest city closest to Ginnie Springs Park, where water activities are being widely explored, including Cave diving.
I would say that Ginnie Springs is not the best spot for the first time cave divers, however it has been used for most of the North American cave diving instructor as the place to teach and train cave diving abilities.
In fact, Ginnie Springs is one of multiples sites surrounding that area. In a radius of 3 hours driving you may find lots of real nice spots to cave diving. During this trip we had an opportunity to dive in the following caves:
- Ginnie Springs
- Manatee Springs
- Jackson Blue (3 hours driving at Jackson county)
- Madison (on the way back to High Springs)
- Little River
However, other famous spots like Peacock Springs is near by and may be visited in the same trip.
The accommodations are just ok for diver adventurers. We stayed at a Country Inn hotel at High Springs. The place is situated close to the main recharge station (Cave Excursions) located about 20 minutes driving, the same distance as Ginnie Springs.
To visit Jackson Blue you have to drive and stay there overnight. The best thing to do is wake up in the morning, drive towards to Marianna. There you'll find a store called Cave Adventures, where you can rental double tanks, buy equipments if you need or even rent scooters. They do Nitrox as usual. Prices are fine and reasonable. You may dive twice since the park is open untill 8pm. To get in the park, stop by at the Sheriff's office, show your credentials (NACD only), pay the fee and get the keys to enter in the park. After two dives, you may either get back, which I do not recommend, or stay overnight. We stayed at Ramada Inn for US$45,00 double room.
On the next day, on the way back to High Springs, you can dive at Madison Springs if you have a tank in your car. We usually transport the tanks everywhere and the trick is to rent a car big enough to do so. In our case, we shared a single SUV (6/7 seats) for 3 persons. Remove the middle seats and you'll get as much space as needed for your bags, tanks, scuba equipments. Two seated in the front and the lucky one in the back.
So, I hopefully to find the names and address of our recharge stations, main stores and other facilities. But even without it, is real easy to find such places in that area.
The largest city is Orlando, however Gainesville is about 15 miles away from High Springs which may offer you a pretty decent infra structure if you need larger hospitals, better marketplaces, etc.
Attention: Only certified Cave divers may dive in such places. In fact, as I mentioned before, I don't really believe that Florida Caves are the best site for learn and check-out activities. However, with the right instruction and if you feel confortable it's one of the best places to cave diving.
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