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2301 Central Expy #140

Plano, TX 75075

(972) 423-3483​


Mon-Fri: 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Bonne Terre Mine

Dive Into History At Bonne Terre Mine

Are you looking for your next dive adventure or wanting to dive somewhere out of the ordinary? Diving Bonne Terre Mine is rated one of America’s top 10 greatest adventures. It is one of the world’s largest man-made caverns. Before its closure in 1962, it was the world’s largest producer of lead ore.

Since then, nature has begun to reclaim the mine. Scuba diving Bonne Terre Mine allows you to go back in time and see first-hand how it might have been back then (minus the water of course). 

Walking down into the mine, 150 feet below the earth’s surface, towards the world’s largest subterranean lake, you get an eerie feeling hearing only sounds of tour groups in the distance and bubbles from scuba divers below.

Thousands of divers and non-divers explore the mine every year. There is plenty to see while winding through the mine’s labyrinth of rooms and pillars. Showcasing its history above and below the water.

You’ll experience depths of up to 60 feet making it suitable for all open water divers. It’s a consistent 58 degrees year-round as the mine is not affected by temperatures from outside. Some divers opt to do their dry suit course beforehand, but it isn’t necessary. A thick wetsuit or semi-dry suit, would be sufficient if you don’t feel the cold as much.

Related: The Beginner’s Guide To Dry Suits

It’s rare to find a dive site in the heart of the United States with this good of visibility! While diving Bonne Terre Mine, you’ll be treated to 100 feet visibility provided by over 500,000 watts of lighting. With great visibility, it allows you to dive through gigantic archways, gargantuan pillars, magnificent calcium falls, and many abandoned mining artifacts.

Scuba Diving Bonne Terre with Scuba Adventures

On our recent trip to Bonne Terre Mine in January 2021 the Scuba Adventures Polar Bear Dive team got to experience the magnificent sights of the billion-gallon lake. Everyone made a weekend of the trip and enjoyed lodging at the Bonne Terre Depot Bed and Breakfast, originally constructed in 1909 providing guests with another piece of history. Over two days, divers experienced 4 dives (3 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday). 

Starting bright and early, we met at the mine at 6.30 am sharp! After descending 150 feet into the mine, everyone began setting up their gear and listened carefully to the dive briefing. It was difficult to contain our excitement on what we were about to discover. Once everyone was geared up we giant strided into the crisp water with our dive guides. The incredible rock formations and artifacts made it spectacular for photos and video. Descending 150 ft into a mine sounds exciting until you realize you have to go back up! We definitely got our exercise in for the weekend but it was worth every step.

The best part about any Scuba Adventures trip is the dive squad! It’s always a blast to share experiences in and out of the water with fellow buddies. We always are sure to enjoy a welcome and farewell meal with the whole squad.

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

John Worthen July - 2020

I can’t recommend this place enough. After moving to the area, I read a lot of reviews and emailed several dive shops before going with Scuba Adventures. I choose them because they were the most responsive and helpful. The owners seem to not only be great divers but have business backgrounds. This is the most focus on customer service I have seen in a dive shop. Good inventory with all of the brands I could ask for. On point with their pricing. If you do find a better price they will work with you.

I ended up taking the Rescue Diver course and had a blast! I just got back from a dive trip with them at Lake Travis, very enjoyable. They also have one of the only indoor pools (18 ft.) in the area.

At Scuba ranch they have a big spot that is one of the easiest to get to and a nice pavilion for training. They are right next to the air refill station, which I love! Family and friends are welcome at the ranch. Good community there on weekends and you'll most likely find a dive buddy for a fun dive.

Maddie Womack August - 2020

Scuba Adventures and their staff are beyond amazing! Their Plano store has a very wide selection of equipment and the pool is 18ft deep! Their Scuba Ranch location is amazing and still growing, with plenty of room and seating. I’m a fairly new diver and all the instructors do an amazing job of making me feel safe and secure deep underwater. Their staff is always very helpful and I can’t wait to continue my diving knowledge and certificates with them.

Jason Domenden March - 2020

Found a great diving shop for all my gear. Been living here in texas for awhile and this shop has just what I needed. Really recommend scuba adventure for all your gear.

Emily Winnenberg March - 2020

Went in last week to pick out goggles for an upcoming trip— loved the selection of masks they had available! Ended up picking out a hot pink pair to shamelessly match the other accessories I’d picked out.

Matt K March - 2020

The new owners are the greatest! Their positive approach towards people and the sport of diving are huge part of the reason I love the sport. When they told me they were going to open a dive shop; I knew without a doubt I was going to be their customer. I have taken several dive adventures with them and other scuba diving misfits, and plan on taking many more.

Martin Garvie February - 2020

Decided to revisit this shop since it is under new management. Already impressed with the facility improvements - by far the best training pool I have seen. Looking forward to the roll out of the full training curriculum - will be able to go from open water certified through all kinds of technical specialties. Good dive gear selection. Owners really have a great vision for promoting scuba diving and ocean adventures.

Don Champlin July - 2020

This is the shop with the most experienced and competent personnel in the metroplex. Their commitment to safe, enjoyable and professional instruction is obvious from the first time you enter the store and meet the staff and owners. I have dove with most of them over the years and know first hand the love of diving they have and now share with the community as the new team. They are knowledgeable and up to date with the latest dive info. Don't miss a chance to dive with them.

Julie L February - 2020

In January 2020, Scuba Adventures was purchased by divers that were affiliated with a different scuba store. These same divers taught me to dive, and got me to fall in love with scuba diving (despite me being pretty scared to start). I trust them, enough that I opted to take a trip with them to Cozumel for diving in 2019. It was one of the best trips of my life, and now I'm already signed up for their Costa Rica dive trip in 2020 with Scuba Adventures. I haven't visited the shop yet, but I can 100% vouch for the new owners--they are knowledgeable divers, good people, and all around amazing.

Jeremiah Perez May - 2020

Owners and staff are professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Allowed me to try backplate and wing set up in the pool. They did not pressure me to buy anything, but gave great information on products and financing options. All in all great staff and would recommend them to anyone!!!

Eric Coulombe August - 2020

Great customer service, from the owners to the employees. Very knowledgeable about everything and anything pertaining to scuba diving. The instructors are highly educated and experienced in scuba diving. They put you through real life scenarios, so you know and understand what to do in the event something happens while you are under water. My family and I learned a lot about scuba diving in a very short amount of time. We will definitely keep taking additional courses with Scuba Adventures as we progress. We definitely reccomend Scuba Adventures to anyone wanting to learn and get scuba diving certified.