Hudson Grotto

Hudson Grotto
USA East


Site Review by
Date: 05/09/2005


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Bill Entry:    4.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    1.00
City:   Reef:    1.00
State:   Florida Animal:    1.00
Country:   Plant:    1.00
Diving:   3 years Facilities:    1.00
 Dives:   100 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    1.82
My friend and I set out to do all of the springs in Florida in the winter of 2004-2005. One Saturday he didn't get out of work until much later, so living in the Tampa Bay area, we went to the closest commercial spring/sink around - Hudson Grotto. To say the least, for the many dives I have logged, Hudson Grotto was pretty bad. Ambient light is lost at around 10 feet and from there on you plunge into total darkness with 0-1 ft. visibility. We got to the bottom at about 105 feet after passing through a horrible sulfide layer. Once at the bottom, after trying to look around (our expensive dive lights were useless), we decided there was nowhere to go but up. The water was cold and dark, and the heavy sulfide layer made us smell like sewer workers. On the plus side though, it was easy to get there, the road went right up to the grotto, it was not crowded, and the staff at Scuba West, which owns the Grotto, were really very friendly and helpful. All in all, though, if you are looking to dive a sink or spring in Florida, Hudson Grotto probably shouldn't be your first choice.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    1.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    1.00
Advanced:    1.00
Night diving:    1.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Winter
Year:    2005
Visibility:    1.00
Current:    1.00
Surf:    1.00

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