Surf up a little, land, then head west, and you'll find yourself at Ruin Valley. Ruin Valley is rather short and simple to navigate. You'll eventually want to travel to the location depicted on your left. When you use Cut to unlock the door, you'll enter the Dotted Hole cave. The first area you need to check out is called the Caves of Despair. These caves are located just south of where you start off this side quest. There are four chests here that contain items for you to collect.
After you've collected all the items, return to the entrance to the caves and use the key you collected to open the locked chest next to it. This will allow you into a new area with more rooms to explore. Keep going north until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right path and you'll come to another room with more chests. Open these chests to gain even more items, then return to the first room and put all the items into the chest next to the door.
Now that you have everything you need, return to where you started off this side quest and go east until you reach a broken bridge. Cross the bridge to find yourself in a new area. There's a chest here that contains a special item that's needed later in the game. Leave this area and return to where you started off this side quest. Head north again until you reach another fork in the road. This time, take the left path instead.
Cave 7-Northern Chasm Cave-Sinkhole Cave (south) After crossing the northern-most land bridge linking the peninsula to the mountains, the accessible entrance to Cave 7 (squeeze-in) may be located. In terms of length, difficulty, navigation, and adversary kinds present, it is the most challenging cave. It is also the largest cave in the region with several large chambers and passages.
The first chamber you enter into after passing through the natural doorway is about 20 feet high and 10 feet wide. There are some small bat boxes here that contain approximately 100 little brown bats. The ceiling has many holes about 4 inches in diameter where rain or snow melt water drains down into a small stream that runs along the back wall of the chamber.
After about 50 feet you will come to a 90-degree turn to the left (west). Follow this corridor for another 70 feet and you will come to another fork in the road. Go straight ahead (north) at this point until you reach a fork in the road again. Take the right branch (northeast) and follow it for about 15 minutes until you see light ahead. This is the end of the cave system! A short walk leads out to a beautiful view of the surrounding valley and caves beyond. Be sure to take your flashlight with you on your exploration since there is no lighting inside the cave.
Continue down the road toward the ocean until you reach the lava rock, then turn left. You will walk across the lava for a short while till you find a hole back away from the water with people around it. You must climb into the hole to enter the mermaid cave.
Follow a boot trail down the northeast slope through the dense woodland to reach the cave. A hand-written Boca sign with a clear arrow has been carved into the side of one of these trees, signaling you're on the correct way. Take cautious since this route is steep and unauthorized. The walk takes about an hour.
The Boca Cave Tree is an ancient tree located in the Boca Cave State Park near Milton, Florida. It is believed to be one of the first trees to grow back after being cut down for timber during the early days of European settlement in what is now Leon County. The tree's unique shape makes it a popular subject for artists and photographers. Its large size (90 feet tall and more than 50 feet wide at its base) also makes it easy to see from far away if you are driving on US 27 or FL 42.
The tree was originally located about 2 miles west of its current location but was moved here in 1937 when construction began on a highway project that would become I-10. According to local lore, the roots of the tree were so strong they caused the ground to collapse beneath it during heavy rains, thus explaining why there is now a small lake under the tree today. The story goes that the crew working on the site saw the tree acting strangely and then found out that someone had buried it deep in the mud to keep it from falling in on itself during a storm.