Below the Surface
One of our unique treasures in the region are air filled and underwater caves. Splelunking is a chance to adventure underground to view unique formations which took years to take shape. The air filled caves to tour are at at a state park, and the spring-fed caves loved by cave divers are also located at state and county parks.
Tour the caves at Florida Caverns State Park, the only state park in Florida to offer cave tours to the public. The caves have dazzling formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, flowstones, and draperies.
The underwater caves are a draw for cave divers to experience. A small yet tight group of splelunkers know this area well. They come from all over the world to experience the dark curious underground wonders. Cave diving is a secret to many but the ones who revel in it, absolutely love it.
Cave divers explore down under to find incredible wonders in the underworld. Cave diving certification is required at most caves prior to diving down under.
• Vortex Springs – It is a gorgeous spot to spelunk near Ponce de Leon, Florida. The spring feeds into the nearby Choctawhatchee River and dumps in to the Choctawhatchee Bay. Ideal dives for amazing views all levels of divers, explore and be full of stories. Find out more information and visit the website at vortexsprings.com.
• Morrison Springs – Find it near Bonifay, Florida in northeastern Walton County. This beautiful county park is a locals favorite with a typical swimming hole. However, the hole is also a 300-foot drop beneath the water where divers delights begins their journey. Bring diving tanks to experience an incredible dive. It is open daily.
• Blue Springs Recreational Area and Merritt’s Mill Pond – The locals call it the Mill Pond and can be seen on east Highway 90 in Marianna. Jackson Blue Springs feeds Merritt’s Mill Pond a 2 mile long lake that features six explorable caves. Scuba lovers flock from all over the world to splelunk here. Obtain a county permit through Cave Adventurers prior to splelunking this area, give them a call 850.482.6016 or send them an email [email protected]
Salty Waters Down Below
Explore the reefs and shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico.
Florida Panhandle Shipwreck Trail – Barges, tugs and other boats are now homes for all sort of sea life in the salt water. Some are shallow and others are deep. Find out more by visiting floridapanhandledivetrail.com.
Empire Mica Wreck off Indian Pass – Most saltwater wrecks were sunk on purpose. This one was not. A German U-Boat sank the British tanker during World War II. It sits like a ghost in 100 feet of water. Talk about chilling, surreal and historical. Visit scubaschedules.com.
Grayton Beach Under Water Museum of Art – The amazing underwater Museum of Art is the first underwater sculpture garden in the U.S. Dive 60-feet under at .7 miles off the coast of Grayton Beach State Park and explore around to see the habitat for marine life. Chosen sculptures are installed every year. Get more information here umafl.org.