Hudson Grotto

Hudson Grotto
USA East


Site Review by
Date: 05/18/2010


Site Condition
(1=worst, 5=best)

Name:  Reef_Haven Entry:    5.00
Email:   Click Here Bottom:    3.00
City:   Winter Haven Reef:    3.00
State:   None Animal:    3.00
Country:   United States Plant:    2.00
Diving:   4 years Facilities:    4.00
 Dives:   400 Solitude   4.00
    Roads:    5.00


*Average:    3.37
We had a blast at this site. It was a combination of Disney's Haunted Mansion and an underwater scavenger hunt. All along the nooks and crannies of the limestone formations are statues and figurines placed by other divers. Gnomes , Buddha's, gargoyles, frogs, rats, turtles, deer, alligator, pirate ship, angels, graveyard, skeletons, all kinds of things. I can imagine the Halloween Dives, and Easter Egg hunts are a blast as well. This site has several thermoclines, haloclines, a sulfur layer, and warmer saltwater intrusion at the bottom. At 110' are a sunken boat, VW beetle, bus and a couple trees. This site is not for beginning OW divers. Strong lights are mandatory. Anything below 30' is absolutely pitch black. If you've never done a night dive, you'll be completely out of your element here. Your first dive here, slowly enter and follow the edge of the grotto all the way around from 30' - 60' and see what all you find. Taking the express elevator straight down to 100' in pitch black darkness can be disturbing and disorienting.    

Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:    4.00
Beginner:    1.00
Intermediate:    3.00
Advanced:    5.00
Night diving:    5.00

Seasonal Information

Season:    Summer
Year:    2010
Visibility:    2.00
Current:    4.00
Surf:    5.00

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