If you like to snorkel or scuba dive then you need to explore Devil’s Den Florida. This prehistoric sinkhole offers crystal clear waters for snorkelers and snorkelers to explore. There are not many hotels in the area, however visitors can stay on the property in cabins, tents, or park their RV.
Devil’s Den Florida is open to visitors year-round and is one of Florida’s most unique places to explore. We’ve put together a visitor’s guide that goes over everything you need to know to visit Devil’s Den. So, let’s dive into it!
About the Devil’s Den
Devil’s Den is a pristine 50 foot deep sinkhole located in the small town of Williston, Florida. The sinkhole is privately owned and used as a diving and snorkeling site. Devil’s Den is one of the most prehistoric places in North America.
It’s called Devil’s Den because when it was first encountered by settlers in the past, steam rose from the chimney opening over the water on cold winter mornings.
The water in this natural spring is 72ºF all year round and has crystal clear water. Beneath the surface of the water, guests can see ancient rock formations, fossil beds that are 33 million years old and older dating back to prehistoric times.
things to do there
At Devil’s Den you can rent scuba gear or bring your own and explore the depths of the spring. You must have, at a minimum, an open water diving certification to dive here. The cost is $38 and you will need to have a dive buddy with you.
You can rent the entire set of scuba gear you’ll need for an additional $45 or you can rent individual pieces of gear you need. You can also take a night dive, which is only available by appointment. To do night diving you must have an advanced certificate or go with an instructor.
You can also go scuba diving at Devil’s Den. You can bring your own equipment or rent equipment. Snorkeling does not require certification, so everyone who wants to explore the natural sinkhole is welcome.
Prices are $15 per person during the week and $22 on weekends and holidays. If you wish to rent snorkel gear, it will cost an additional $12 per person for a mask, snorkel, and fins.
The maximum depth you can go to is 8 feet when snorkeling and divers must be 6 years or older.
If you would like to camp on the Devil’s Den property, you are welcome to do so! They offer lodging via cabins, an RV park, or camping in a campground. If you stay on the property it does not include the entrance to the Devil’s Lair.
If you are interested in staying in a cabin, there are 4 cabins available for rent that can sleep up to 4 people each. A one night stay is $140, 2 nights is $120 per night, and three or more is $105 per night.
If you want to stay in the RV park there are 32 sites available, 30/50 amp hookups, water and sewer.
If you stay in a tent at camp, you will have access to electrical and water hookups, on-site porta-potties, and two toilets/showers. Camping is first come first serve unless you make a reservation and is $12.00 per person per night.
how to get there
If you’re planning a trip to Devil’s Den and you’re coming from out of state, you can fly into the Orlando airport or Tampa airport and rent a car to Williston.
It’s about a 1 hour 35 minute drive from Orlando and just under 2 hours from Tampa. The fastest road to Devil’s Den is Florida’s Turnpike, which has tolls along the route. You can also take the Turnpike and US-41 N to avoid tolls, which will add a bit of time to your route.
Tips to visit
Unfortunately you can’t visit and go swimming here. Devil’s Den is a scrub dive training facility so it is not open for general swimming. However, there are springs in the surroundings, in most of them you can swim.
Snorkeling, diving, and tent sites are all on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure you go early in the day so you don’t have to wait hours for your turn.
you can rent equipment
If you don’t have your own scuba or snorkel gear, Devil’s Den offers rentals in addition to the cost of admission.
You must be certified to dive
Devil’s Den requires you to have an open water diving certification in order to dive in the spring.
Devil’s Den Florida is a unique spring that is underground with a large opening above. It is a bit of a magical experience for those who visit. At Devil’s Den, you can dive or snorkel this 50-foot-deep prehistoric sinkhole and explore ancient fossils and rock formations.
If you want to stay on the property, you can also camp, stay in a cabin, or park your RV on site. It’s a fun way to spend the day and not too far from Orlando or Tampa.
If you like to snorkel or dive, we recommend you visit this beautiful place and go out and explore! For more information, click here to visit the Devil’s Den Florida website by clicking here.
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