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Hospital Hole, Weeki Wachee River - Weeki Wachee FL


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Hospital Hole, Weeki Wachee River is a shore accessible fresh water dive site, located at 7244 Shoal Line Blvd, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607. This dive site has an average rating of 3.00 out of 5 from 5 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 141-150ft/43-46m. The average visibility is 36-40ft/11-12m.

Hospital Hole is a submarine sink located in the Weeki Wachee River. It is in a sharp bend (third bend) 1,000 feet upstream from State Hwy 595 bridge. The name comes from local legend where it is told that injured fish come to this site to be healed before returning to the sea. Access is restricted from land, but the site can be easily accessed via boat or canoe from Roger’s Park.

The address given is Rodgers Park, the hole it’s self is closer to 5490 Darlene Street, Weeki Wachee, FL 34607, USA

The park is open year round and has a boat dock with a launch ramp. The park collects a $2 fee (per vehicle) during daylight hours in the summer. The opening of the sink is about 30 ft across is easily seen through the river water. Visibility is usually excellent down to the hydrogen sulfide layer at about 70’. Since this is an artificial ceiling (blocks daylight) you should dive this as though it were a cave dive. However, finding a tie off for your primary may prove difficult as the walls of the sink are very smooth. The maximum width of the sink is about 150 ft and maximum depth is around 140 feet. There is quite a bit of graffiti on the walls and makes for a laugh. The shape of the sink itself is like a small boot with no passage or major overhangs. The ceiling gently slopes upward towards the opening.

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kelemvor - 1/28/2014 1:22 PM
Anyone got a diagram of the site? I want to plan a dive here soon.
Bonnie427 - 10/21/2013 8:57 PM
Rating Added: 3
This is a pretty cool place. Need a boat to get there though.
windwalker - 8/22/2012 9:13 PM
Rating Added: 3
New diver when I went here. Unknowingly descended deeper than I should have for a beginner (60’). It was an experience I won’t ever forget. As I descended into the hole it got totally dark and the water got really cold. It was a little eerie but I loved it! I had two divers with me. One a rescue diver and the other a paramedic. When they saw I was going too deep and too fast they made me go back up. When we surfaced they told me about the sulfide layer at about 70’ that can be challenging for a new diver if they dive into or below it. If you are a new diver I would recommend caution when diving the hole for that reason.
Reef_Diver - 12/26/2011 1:03 PM
Hydrogen Sulfide layer at 70’. All walls are covered in graffiti all the way to 140’. Might spot a few manatee near the entrance in winter months.