North-central Florida is renowned for its crystal clear, fresh water springs, its year-round 72-degree water and its population of cute and cuddly manatees. This is your opportunity to experience the best north Florida has to offer on a trip that is both convenient and affordable.
This video will show you some of the reasons why.
Veteran dive travelers may find this trip unusual in a couple respects:
In any event, we’ve set this trip up for maximum flexibility. Whether you want to fly or drive, arrive early or stay late, it’s entirely up to you.
This may be the perfect trip if you:
Our travel schedule is as follows:
Friday, February 9: If you are not planning to arrive early, you can catch a late-afternoon flight from Cleveland to Orlando, pick up a rental car, drive to Gainesville and check into the hotel.
Saturday Morning, February 10: We begin by diving to Devils Den, a unique and breathtaking site where you enter the water by first going underground. (Don’t worry, though, plenty of daylight reaches down below.)
Saturday Afternoon, February 10: We next go to world-famous Ginnie Springs. It’s when you pass the bottled-water plant on the way to the site that you realize just how pure and clear this water is. Ginnie also provides certified divers the opportunity to make a safe (and exciting) cavern dive.
Sunday Morning, February 11: Another breathtakingly clear site is Blue Grotto. Here we dive in a cavern entrance that’s big enough to fly a 737 into.
Sunday Afternoon, February 11: Our next stop is Rainbow River, where we will drift up to a mile through clear, warm water, while encountering fish, turtles, birds and maybe even an alligator…garfish. It is also at this point that we transfer our base of operations from Gainesville to the Best Western Resort in Crystal River.
Monday Morning, February 12: This is the high point of the trip. We get up very, very early, to be out on the water at the very first minute we can legally get in with the manatees. Because these big guys don’t like the sound of bubbles (and because the water is very shallow), we do this as a snorkel dive. The good news here is that, if you need to fly home the same day, you will be completely off-gassed.
Pricing for this trip is as follows:
|Base price, per diver (double occupancy)||$849|
|Base price, per diver (single occupancy)||$1,049|
|Base price, per traveler (not diving)||$599|
|For open-water training dives, add:||$150|
Deposit and Balance Due: Requirements are as follows:
What’s Included: The basic trip price includes the following (if applicable):
Not Included: Travelers are responsible for the following (if applicable):
Additional Requirements: Travelers must supply:
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