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Crystal Lodge Dive Center

525 Northwest 7th Avenue, Crystal River, FL 34428
352-795-6798
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Ranked #22 of 30 activities in Crystal River
Type: Tours, Educational Sites
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Canterbury, Kent. United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We hired a boat and diving equipment heading out to Kings Bay, the divers dived, the snorkelers snorkelled and I relaxed on the deck with my book. After catching a glimpse at the dolphins and finding manatees the lad and lasses fished. Not realising the time we soon hand to head back returning the boat and equipment. Arriving back 30... More

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Saint Charles, Missouri, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Went in this morning to inquire about advanced open water classes and other dive trips. There were four employees and one student. We were ignored when walked in. Nit even greeted. 3 employees were chatting with the student about sharks and one guy was just behind the counter. Finally he asked if he could help us. I told him what... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

The manatees were very cooperative! Timing and weather does matter a bit so do your research but we were fortunate. Too many to count. Water a bit murky and all of a sudden you are face to face with a 2000 pound gentle giant who wants you to rub his, or was it her, belly. This is a must do... More

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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

It was a little chilly out that morning, but once we got into the water and started seeing manatees up close, all thoughts of cold and discomfort were forgotten. The dive shop had us watch a short video (maybe 15 mins) about how to approach the manatees--what to do and not do. Then we got on the boat for a... More

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Onex, Switzerland
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Went there at least 3 times with family (including todlers), friends and girlfriend each time during the winter. I could see manatees every time, il will always remember what my parents (in their late 60's and not the adventurous type) said when they got out of the water: It is definitely a thing to see before you die. It is... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Staff was amazing! We went on a snorkeling trip to the springs to get up close and personal with manatee knowing this may not be the best time of year. We enjoyed our boat driver JD and he interacted with the kids and made it fun! Location was beautiful! Although we saw no manatee we had a blast!, we told... More

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Kingston Springs, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I couldn't be any happier with Crystal River Lodge dive shop I planned a trip with them for 2 days of snorkeling and diving with 25 boy scouts from ages 11 to 18 from Tennessee and they accommodated us in every way shape form and fashion they were informative, and patient and worked with our schedules we were never rushed... More

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We had a blast on this trip. It was summer so the water was not as clear as we expected it to be but still there where more then plenty mamatees in the water to enjoy first you don't know what to excpect but the when you see on it is great! They just gently fload by if you do... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Found this wonderful low key family dive center to learn to dive and get certified all in 2 days. Order the PADI book from them ahead of time and be ready for the test when you get there. After a review and test, it's into real diving in the river (no pools) with the fish and manatees. A great experience,... More

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Douglasville, GA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We were trying to get to Crystal River State Park to catch the tour boat ($12.50 each). We missed the boat. :( After calling a few places, we got in touch with this place. We were a group of 7 and were told we could get a tour for $15 each. After seeing the crowd on the CRSP boat, our... More

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