Trip Report, Devils Den & Blue Grotto

Trip Report, Devils Den & Blue Grotto

Post by Bernie Spi » Thu, 05 Jan 1995 04:25:14


This last Thursday, 29 December a group of us went up to Devils Den, camped
out, and then went to Blue Grotto.

The water was a brisk 70 degrees but the diving was GREAT.  

We left Indaian Harbor Beach, FL Thursday approx 11:00 am. We had hoped to be
at Devils Den by 1:30pm but due to road construction on I-75 we ended up
reaching Devils Den at 2:30pm.

Note: If a group of you can do the springs you can get discounted rates for
diving and refills. The cost was 15.00 pp, normally 20.00.

We went into the shop and signed in, you get a armband that is color coded
(Amazing the thing never did come off in the water). We then went out and
suited up.

The entry to Devils Den is a small hole in the wall of a cavern, you then walk
down a few steps and you enter the cavern that the dive platform is located
in. You now walk quite a ways down the steps to the platform. Once there you
have two different sets of steps leading into the water. We tended to ease
ourselves into the water, this allowed us to acclimate to the water temp & not
disturb the water. Once in we put on fins and decsended. The vis was 50 to 65
ft. and while within the center of the cavern you had enough light from above  
to not need the lights we were carrying. Once you went down about 30 feet a
number of swim throughs were presented begging us to explore. We all utilized
lights at this point and the dive was splendid. If you went up against the
ceiling and around the ledges you could see the fossilized sand dollars and
other sea life that were once present many many years ago...

We stayed down for approx 30 minutes, 55 feet deep. Came up, walked up the
stairs (not really that bad) and over to some picnic tables. We then got out
of the equipment, went over to the "HOT" showers and warmed up while
completeing our required SI. Had the tanks filled and got suited up again and
did it again. This time with a twist, NIGHT DIVE... really not much different
from a day dive except we lucked out just the two of us. It was a great dive
and will be going back...

We camped at Devils Den and the next day went over to Blue Grotto, again if
you have a group you get discounts on diving and fills, 15.00 vs 20.00.

At Blue Grotto you will have to watch a safety video on the diving available
there. The depth they say is 110 ft, but I only got 97 on my computer.  They
have a platform at 30 and 60 feet for instruction. They also have a compressed
air bell at 30 feet, this was pretty neat as you can come out of the cave go
over to the Bell and take mask and regulator off and discuss what you saw with
your Buddy and be degassing the whole time, but not off your tank. The dive is
structured via guide ropes and it is plenty dark down there. The Vis is
dependent on how many people have been down before you as the silt does get
churned up. In our dives (2) the vis stayed 40-50 feet. I will be back as
there are some places I was unable to explore with the group I was with. The
temp was 70.

For all dives I only used a Fathom suit and was quite comfortable.

If you would like any further info on either of these two dive sites email me

 
 
 

Trip Report, Devils Den & Blue Grotto

Post by Ken Sall » Thu, 05 Jan 1995 00:18:48

Quote:

>have a platform at 30 and 60 feet for instruction. They also have a
>compressed air bell at 30 feet, this was pretty neat as you can come out of
>the cave go over to the Bell and take mask and regulator off and discuss
>what you saw with your Buddy and be degassing the whole time, but not off
>your own tank.

I thought I should add two things to your otherwise fine trip report:

1) The bell you mentioned is compressed air, any time spent in that bell is
essentially bottom time.

2) Directions to get to either of these places are:

Take I-75 to exit 74 (Williston Rd. Exit), take Williston Rd. west to
Williston. Where Williston Rd. merges into 27, go left. When you get to
downtown, there will be a sign which says "Devil's Den ->" essentially. Take a
right there, go about 5 miles. Stay on the right fork the whole way. Devil's
Den will be on the right hand side, has a nice picnic area, and horseback
riding. Blue Grotto is literally across the street and down about 1/2 a mile.

Ken

 
 
 

Trip Report, Devils Den & Blue Grotto

Post by Jim.Green.. » Thu, 05 Jan 1995 09:38:35


Quote:
>We camped at Devils Den and the next day went over to Blue Grotto, again if
>you have a group you get discounts on diving and fills, 15.00 vs 20.00.

Don't know if they still do this, but Blue Grotto used to give the
same discount to certified Cavern/Cave divers, even if they were not
with a group. Also, if you are Cavern/Cave certified, then they do
not require you to watch the video (my wife and I watched it anyway,
just to see what it was like).

-JimG

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