It is Christmas 2016 and we are heading to Florida like many families do every year chasing the fantasy experiences surrounding Orlando. Yes, we will join in with that ritual, but only the once and only at Busch Gardens, a more natural tourist attraction whose theme is equally focussed on wildlife conservation as it is thrill rides.
No, our Floridian adventure will be to experience the wild and natural side of this weather blessed state. Our journey will take us to the depths of the coral reefs of Islamorada with Key Dives, the alligators of the Everglades, the deserted, at that time of year, white sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast and an unforgettable snorkeling adventure with the manatees of the Crystal River.
Every adventure was special and none more so than discovering The Devil’s Den, located off the beaten track in central Florida, a prehistoric underwater natural cavern system providing an unbelievable scuba diving experience. With me on this adventure is my 14-year-old son, Tom, on only his third scuba dive. Professional supervision ensured complete safety for him and for both of us to enjoy a very special bonding in an alien environment.