By Mike Fabish
In February 2011, I went to St Augustine Florida to see my son Justin. While there we dove Devil’s Den, a spring/cavern in Williston, Florida.
The afternoon had warmed to about 75°F, and after the manatee trip, we drove 2 hours north to Devil’s Den to complete our day of diving. I’ve been there before, but this was Justin’s first time.
Devil’s Den is an underground spring inside a dry cave. The opening is at ground level and drops 30-40 ft to the surface of the water.
There are underground stairs carved into the rock to reach the water and dive platforms. We spent an hour underwater, up to 48’ deep, exploring the nooks and crannies of the cavern.
There are many “swim through” paths through the rocks, and a few that turned out to be dead ends that we had to back out of. You can see the signs warning not to go further into dangerous areas.
We were the only divers and had the whole place to ourselves. The water was 72° F, and the visibility was exceptional! Ending the dive, we approached the submerged swim platform/exit and spied a large turtle and spent some time with it before leaving Devil’s Den for the 2-3 hour drive back to Justin’s place.