Manatee Swimming and Devil's Den/Blue Grotto Diving

Crystal River, FL, USA

Oct 6 - 9, 2023
Group size: 10 - 20
Manatee Swimming and Devil's Den/Blue Grotto Diving
Crystal River, FL, USA

Oct 6 - 9, 2023
Group size: 10 - 20

About this trip

Have you ever wanted to swim with manatees? Learn about how to interact with them? Now is your chance! Join Atlantic Edge Scuba on a fun trip over a federal holiday! We will be swimming with Manatees and scuba diving (or snorkeling) at Devil's Den!

Please do not book your flights until we confirm we have enough people for the trip!

Manatee Swim Tour

The dive shop we have patterned with is a proud member of the Save the Manatee Club Guardian Guide Program, dedicated to protecting the manatees as we swim alongside them and promoting responsible eco-tourism. 

Begin your tour by cruising down the Indian River to Crystal River, taking in the scenery and watching out for any dolphins, river otters, bald eagles, and other birds that you might see. 

Once your tour guide spots manatees, it’s time to get in the water! Swim right alongside the manatees, watching them face-to-face in their own natural habitat. With an in-water guide swimming with you, your experience will be as tranquil and incredible as you’ve always imagined. 

If there’s still time left, you’ll also get to swim in Three Sisters Spring, a beautiful nature area with crystal clear water.

Devil's Den and Blue Grotto Combo

Located in Williston, Florida, Blue Grotto is a cavern system great for open water divers. One of the more unique aspects of Blue Grotto is their fresh air filled “bell” located at 30 feet. This air bell is constantly being supplied by a compressor, so you don’t have to worry about CO2 retention. It can fit several divers at once.

While in the bell, you can take out your regulator and look through the glass at the people swimming above you. You can explore the open cavern system without any more than open water certification, although it is recommend that you limit yourself to a 60 foot maximum depth. Past this point it can become silty and quite dark. There is a large area for picnics and outdoor sports. The water is a constant 72 degrees year round. There are showers and changing areas.

Devils Den is an underground spring inside a dry cave in Williston, Florida. The remains of many extinct animals from the Pleistocene Age (2 million – 10,000 years ago) were discovered at Devil’s Den, including the bones of early man, dating back to 75,000 B.C. The year-round spring temperature is 72. On cold winter mornings you can see steam rising from the hole in the top of the dome. The early settlers called the place Devil’s Den because of the smoke-like appearance caused by the steam. This is a good site for open water divers who wish to experience cavern diving and swim in an underground lake.


Southwest Airlines has direct flights (BWI to Tampa)

Recommend renting a car and driving to the hotel from the airport (approximately 1 hr and 17 min)


Best Western Crystal River Resort!

Riverfront hotel with outdoor pool, near Hunter Spring Park


Make sure you get insurance 

Good to Know

  • Please remember it is your responsibility to ensure you are fit to dive and meet the medical standards outlined by PADI
  • We recommend you buy travel and trip cancellation insurance 
  • Your proof of certification and logbook will be checked during check-in at the dive center to clarify level and experience
  •  It is your responsibility to ensure you bring these with you and your diving could be at risk if you do not bring these

What’s included

  • Manatee Swim Tour
  • Devil's Den/Blue Grotto
    2 Tank Dive
  • Dive Gear
  • 3 Nights
    Double Room Hotel Accommodation
  • Breakfast
    At the Hotel
  • Dive Guide
  • PADI Specialty
    Manatee Awareness
  • Trip Shirt
    Commemorative Trip Shirt
  • Free Parking
    At the Hotel
  • Dive Leader!
    Atlantic Edge Dive Leader!
  • Rental Car
    Highly Recommended
  • Airfare
  • Tips/Gratuities
  • Trip Insurance
  • Dive Insurance

Available Packages

Scuba Diving
Available until August 30, 202310 left

The deposit is non-refundable UNLESS we do not have enough people for the trip and have to cancel. We will help you book a similar trip!

Deposit: $250
Available until August 30, 2023only 2 left

The deposit is non-refundable UNLESS we do not have enough people for the trip and have to cancel. We will help you book a similar trip!

Deposit: $150


Day 1

Fly into Florida and drive to Crystal River, Florida!

Meet the whole group for dinner at Charlie's Fish House Restaurant! 

Who’s Going

Your Organizer

Atlantic Edge Scuba
Atlantic Edge Scuba, established in 1993 by current owners John and Abbe Harman, is the D.C. metropolitan area’s premiere scuba diving and snorkeling facility. With nearly 30 years of local experience, we have certified thousands of divers and outfitted hundreds of thousands of snorkelers with premium watersports gear. We are proud to be the exclusive scuba diving outfitter for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, making us the only dive shop in the country able to offer certified divers the opportunity!