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“For divers only....but not that great!! Keep looking!!”
Review of Paradise Springs

Paradise Springs
Ranked #24 of 62 things to do in Ocala
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Owner description: Commercially operated cave diving site.
Reviewed 18 October 2011

This was part of an advanced open water certification dive.
Not much to rave about, most certainly not the facilities.
Tricky steps to the springs!! Even worse going back up!!
On this particular day there were a lot of divers present and thus the visibility was terrible, but made for a good learning scenario and gave us a taste as to what cave diving can be like when the visibility is zero.
It was a valuable learning experience, but would I go back and pay $30.00 again?
Absolutely not.

7  Thank Northportdiver
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Reviewed 18 October 2010

Then got in water was in 3mil full wet suit on nitrox WOW really nice cavern on right hand side can do full circle turn off light look back try and describe it YOU CAN'T goin back 10/22/10 wear at least 3mil full wet suit to be comfortable WATCH STEPS TRICKY !!!!!!

4  Thank Ft_myersScubaboy
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Reviewed 28 September 2009

As the other posts said,visually, it's not impressive from the surface. A 20 foot surface pool sitting in a 30 ft sink, but wait untill you see it from the water. I was not prepared for the size of the cavern, you will need lights, in fact they require them. Pop down to 60 and 90 ft and look back up, it will humble you. At 92 ft is the grim reaper sign, trust me, my dive light peering into the blackness of the cave convinced me to go no farther. Back up for some SI time and a bite to eat, new tanks, then spend time in the upper caverns looking at fossils and exploring. Diver only attraction, no other amenities for bystanders. As on other post owners are friendly and helpful, give them a call to make sure there open before coming.
If your diving Florida caverns this is a must dive. Don't let it's low visibility and unimpressive exterior put you off.
I for one will dive it again as long as they will let me

4  Thank Rocklobster64
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Reviewed 3 September 2007

Paradise Springs ia a great, mostly unknown place to dive. It's not in the Who's Who of springs, but not because it doesn't deserve it. Paradise is owned by a husband and wife team who literally use their garage for gear storage and site orientation. Don't expect anything special like a retail shop or a snack bar. Ocala is just minutes away so anything you forgot is just up the road. You can show up with just your c-card and a bathing suit and they'll rent you the rest if you want. Oh, did I mention it's a great dive?. That part you'll just have to see for yourself!

3  Thank crabalot
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Reviewed 12 August 2007

Paradise Springs is my private oasis.
From the moment I turn off the main drag, hit the dirt road, I begin to mentally and physically decompress from the other world.
A dive destination to be savored in slo mo: Enjoy the drive, pay attention to the dive video that you will view in spring owner Curtis' garage. Rent a light if you forgot yours. Sashay on down to the spring for a look-see before your plunge. Breath-takingly surreal.
Remember, the very steep walk down to the sinkhole is both fascinating and challenging. Water temp is about 72 degrees year round.
Immediately upon submerging, turn around and peer beneath the deck. A petrified whale's hip bone is embedded in the cavern wall. Dotting the surrounding walls are sea biscuits and sand dollars. Pay close attention to other fossils.
I love this place although I am torn. Do I shout from the treetops, WOW visit Paradise? Or greedily keep this lovely dinosaur-eraesque charmer to myself?
I've decided to dive on weekdays when the chance of seeing others is slimmer and tell folks like you of the wonderous delight.
But you must promise to respect this oasis and the gentle owners Curtis, Jennifer and little Curtis. Happy bubbles.

5  Thank DivahDiva
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