The Homestead Crater, Midway
Categories: Hot Springs, Nature & Parks
The Homestead Crater is located in Midway. The Homestead Crater is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Midway Edition.
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My second time here with family to scuba dive, and some improvements and some things a little worse. Staff was very polite both at admin building and in the crater. Dave was great and supportive. I fo... read more »
My husband and I thought we'd stay a night here and swim in the crater. Since it was October, there were fun scarecrows scattered throughout the resort, for their Scarecrow Walk contest, or something.... read more »
We swam in the Homestead Crater for about 45 minutes and had a really great time. The water temp was 95 degrees and they limit the amount of people that they let in at any given time. I recommend maki... read more »
It is what it is... a hot spring. That said it is rather unique. It has created a sort of mineral volcanic mound. They pump water out for the pool so the spring is down inside now. Enter through a cave on the side. Scuba is taught here as well. Call and make a reservation!
Went here for Scuba certification. Pros: Nice warm water. I scuba'ed in my bikini and was toasty. Cons: I rented very expensive equipment that was faulty. I did not want to have to test the emergency BCD is auto-inflating safety measures, but I had to. I alerted the staff to the problem and they didn't seem concerned at all. When you're down there you can't see much. I had lights when I went (12/2014) and they had some hokey plastic turtles and stuff. Visibility is very poor because the sand gets kicked up. I had to get certified in winter and I live in Colorado. Not too many options. I imagine this place turns a tidy profit because of others in the same boat.
Went here on a vacation to relax & if the opportunity presented itself to scuba dive. As a diver you always know to bring your own regulator, computer and goggles and mask whenever you travel just in case the opportunity presents itself to dive. I was not familiar with their BC but it only took 2 minutes to figure it out. The staff was great to work with from the follow up to the message I left to schedule the dive to the last person when I was leaving. They brought an instructor in to dive the crater with me as you should never dive alone no matter how much experience you have. The instructor Dave was a really nice guy and you could tell he had a passion for diving which made it that much more enjoyable. I dive in New England year round from water temps of 37 degree's in a dry suit to at best 64 degree's in a 7mm wet suit. This was a unique dive with water temps at 97 degree's at the bottom. On a very good day in New England you might get 40 feet of visibility and average days are 20 feet tops. The visability here was 15 feet feet at best with no lights. For me it was great as it felt like I was diving at home except for the water temp. At home I dive with 20 lbs. of lead in the 7mm suit and here I had 6 lbs with swimming trunks on. Again we were out here on vacation and was looking for a different dive experience. I was not looking for a life changing experience. I just wanted to say "hey I dove the crater". I thought it was worth the experience for th money and I rented the BC, fins and lead. It's not the Caribbean but what more can you expect it's like cave diving. I'd do it again when we come back.
It's a really cool place! Nice man works the front desk. Didn't get a chance to swim this time but hopefully next time
This is a neat place to go to. You need to take the few minutes to hike to the top of the crater. To see the natural beauty of the crater and the surrounding area is a great treat. It's worth the visit.
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