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Scuba Diving Top 100: Best Diving in USA & North America
Best Beginner Diving
1. Key Largo, Florida
2. Maui, Hawaii
3 Big Island, Hawaii
4. Florida Springs (pictured)
5. Kauai, Hawaii
When most consider Florida’s springs for scuba, cave diving is the first thing that comes to mind. There are certainly world-renowned underwater systems in the subterranean limestone aquifer that challenge those at the top of the dive pyramid. But with near- limitless visibility, soft, shallow sand bottoms and easy access from shore, there are few better places to train new divers.
From public parks such as DeLand’s Blue Springand Chiefland’s Manatee Springs to privatefacilities like Williston’s Blue Grotto and Ocala’sForty Fathom Grotto, these confined-water locations are havens for instructors from all over Florida and many sur-rounding states. In the winter months, manatees migrating to warmer water create an added attraction at many locations (although encounters are snorkel-only). For a truly memorable rookie adventure, the Rainbow River is a shallow, lazy drift dive with amazing visuals. GO NOW scubadiving.com/florida
From California's kelp forests and the walls of the Northwest to Florida's clear springs, the Midwest's shipwreck graveyards and Texas' Flower Gardens, we give you the best of our home region.
Read more about the best scuba diving in the world: 2014 Reader's Choice Top 100 Awards