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Dive Center of the Port Hotel and Marina

Address: 1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: 352-795-7234
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Ranked #27 of 38 Activities in Crystal River
Type: Boat Tours, Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of Florida's outstanding waterways in...
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Type: Boat Tours, Water sports, Adventure
Owner description: Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of Florida's outstanding waterways in Crystal River. This hotel, located on 7 acres, has provided a scenic hideaway for the last 60 years. Tourists come to the waterside location to dive and snorkel in the fresh springs of Crystal River & Kings Bay and experience some of the most exciting manatee tours in the world. Crystal River is one of the few places you can actually swim with the manatees.At the Port Hotel Dive Center you can reserve a manatee tour, sight seeing tour, guided snorkel tour, or scuba dive tour. The dive shop is fully equipped with wet suits, snorkel gear and all scuba equipment as well as coast guard licensed captain and certified dive professionals on staff. A gift shop is also located in the dive shop.Boat rentals in Crystal River are available at the Port Hotel Dive Shop. Pontoon boat rentals are available holding up to 12 people as well as smaller boats. 16 foot Jon boats as well as canoe and kayak rentals are also available here in Crystal River. A private boat ramp with access to Kings Bay is available free to hotel guests and open to the public for a small fee. There is plenty of free boat trailer parking for our guests.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This place honestly looks pretty sketchy on the outside, but the rooms appeared recently redone with all the nice amenities and modern decor. The price is great and they include a discount for the manatee tour. We also rented a kayak, which was reasonably priced and the guy a the dock took the time to direct us to the Three... More 

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Weirsdale, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I called last week to rent a pontoon boat on Saturday. I called early in the AM 7:55 and the phone was answered "This is Capt. Stu". I asked him about the rentals and he told me it would be $190(ish) and I went ahead to give him my card number. He said "Are you going to be doing any... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We rented a pontoon boat here to enjoy some time on the water while in the area. Although we did not see any manatees (probably due to the time of year we visited), we had a very nice time boating around the bay and looking at the homes along the water. The folks in the dive center were very nice.

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Panama City Beach, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Hotel is minimal lodging at best, but the people and convenience to the Kings Spring makes it number one in the area. Marge, at the front desk takes care of us every year and has never failed us. The dive shop and the boats are great.

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

We arrived on the morning of March 19th 2013 anticipating the adventure of swimming with the sea cows and were not disappointed. Our Captain and Guide was Charlie, a very professional and knowledgeable man who entertained us and advised us during our journey with the gentle Manatee. He educated us in when and how to approach the Manatee and taking... More 

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Düsseldorf
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23 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Were were ucky with our captain guide Charly. He explained a lot on the way out. Took us first to 3 sisters before others got there, so we had it all for ourselves with perfect visibility. Because it was "off season" for the manatees, they were low in number and thus hard to find. But Charley new how and where... More 

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porthotel, Manager at Dive Center of the Port Hotel and Marina, responded to this review

HWLange, Thank you very much for your Review and sharing your wonderful experience with Manatees and Port Hotel DIve Center - JIgar More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Simply put, this is the absolute best place to begin any aquatic adventure in Crystal River. Located directly on the water only a few hundred feet from the principle spring, the shop is by far the most convenient (not to mention the loveliest) place in town to start your snorkeling/diving adventure. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a rookie, the... More 

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Gainesville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I had a great time on my guided manatee snorkeling tour. I thought we would see maybe 4 or 5 manatees, but in fact we easily saw more like 30-40! They were eager to swim by us and were of all different sizes. Definitely worth the trip!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2012

A phone call today to this business revealed that despite being called a "dive shop" and advertising "guided dive tours" on their web site, they don't offer any scuba related activities. Maybe the web site is just outdated but they really should be accurate about such things. A web site is the first-line representation of the business, and if they... More 

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Never done a manatee dive before! It was a fantastic experience and those at the dive shop were fantastic! Very knowledgeable and the shop had plenty of resources available. I would highly recommend it. Restaurant and bar next door was icing on the cake after being out in the sun all day. I would highly recommend the activities the shop... More 

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