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Crystal Lodge Dive Center

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Address: 525 Northwest 7th Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: 352-795-6798
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Hidden Excitement

Great group of people hidden behind the Best Western. Both my kids were certified thru these guys. The instructor Rudy was very good with the kids and also attentive to make sure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Meansville, Georgia
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Meansville, Georgia
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great group of people hidden behind the Best Western. Both my kids were certified thru these guys. The instructor Rudy was very good with the kids and also attentive to make sure my wife and I had a great time to. Got to snorkel with manatees as an added bonus.

Thank H5RSports
Celebration, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite place to go!! The scenery is so beautiful and peaceful. The staff is fantastic and of course the experience to swim with the manatees is a dream coming true! If you love manatees and beautiful nature and kind knowledgable people this is a place you really have to visit!!

Thank Saskiatours
Lexington, South Carolina
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

After reading multiple reviews,my wife and I decided to use Crystal Lodge Dive Center for our twenty year old son's Open Water certification( and we were so glad we did!) The staff there were friendly,honest,and knowledgeable, and took great care of us.Our son's instructor was Rudy Banks, the absolute best Dive instructor I have met in over thirty years.Rudy was... More 

1 Thank Bradley410
Palm Beach Shores, Florida
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

We saw Manatees! It was great. The staff was knowledgable and attentive. The river was clear enough to see the Manatees well. The gear they gave us was in excellent condition. The water was a little cool but the wetsuits worked fine. Good outing.

1 Thank Kfritz0627
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the noonday scenic pontoon boat tour on King's Bay. Our Captain pointed out natural and local features and answered questions. We saw two manatees up close, it is not season for them to be here. Covered seating if one is concerned about exposure. Very gentle ride. We were guests at the Best Western where the... More 

Thank Shauna D
Fleet, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Friendly and helpful staff. We wanted to rent a small craft for a couple of hours to explore the river Bay Area. The guys at Crystal Lodge explained the local rules, showed us the mandatory video, highlighted possible routes on the map they gave us with what to look out for and perhaps more importantly, what to avoid!! Very happy... More 

Thank JohnDobson_UK
Tampa, Florida
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I wanted to take some family members fishing in the area and searched for boat rental places. Everything on the web page looked good about this facility, except the fine print that said pontoon boats cannot be used for fishing. I even called the Dive Center to confirm this unusual policy. It is true; they apparently find fishermen unpleasant. Instead,... More 

Thank George K
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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32 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Get there early so you have plenty of time to watch the required video and get your equipment. We had a large party and they were really flexible when we decided to get a bigger boat. Called a lot of pontoon rental places but this shop had the most options and reasonable prices. Knew there's not a lot of manatee... More 

Thank Katydid_Katydont
Jacksonville, Florida
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43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

First July is not the prime Manatee season! We got to the dive center early and they don't open until 8 am. We had a party of 12, 2 not snorkeling. We got our equipment and watched an 8 minute video on manatees. It took a while to get the wet suits on, especially the kids, could have used a... More 

Thank Caribbeanplease1
Fuerteventura, Spain
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We spent 9 nights in Florida, our plan was quite "packed" - Miami, Key West, Everglades, Tampa, Orlando, NASA Center, back to Miami. A lot of driving and not too much time to enjoy small towns etc. My husband was quite tired of driving back and forth to different places, he did not want to go to Cristal River. Luckily... More 

1 Thank Zuzia S

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