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Manatees In Paradise

Address: 1223 N. Circle Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-563-0865
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Ranked #1 of 42 Activities in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: No Walk-ins Accepted - We no longer offer tours: June-July-August-September due to the water...
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Owner description: No Walk-ins Accepted - We no longer offer tours: June-July-August-September due to the water quality and manatee numbers. Tour Reservation Confirmation Required -We are a private tour company owned and operated ONLY by the owners/captains.We offer very limited seating so we can give each tour the "personal and educational" attention you want and allow the manatees to feel comfortable while we explore their world. While on tour if you ask, we'll even explain how manatee rescues are performed and what we do in our spare time as manatee volunteers to help PROTECT and PRESERVE, this incredible species for future generations.
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Huntington Beach, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

I have been traveling to Crystal River for the past 15 years or so. I have always had a great time, but my experience with Capt Stacy was truly amazing. We didn't just have fantastic encounters with the manatees, we learned so much about the animals and the environment we were in. It made us really appreciate what we were... More 

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Ulm, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

We did the semi private tour and had a wonderful morning. Mike seems a bit harsh at the beginning but he just wants to make sure that you respect the manatees and approach them in the right way. You really feel his love for these animals and he was so right: if you wait calmly the manatees come to you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I had the privilege to go on a private tour with Capt Stacy. I can only recommend her! <3 She is fantastic, never looked on her watch to say time is up, knows the best place to see as many manatees as possible, and she is very enthusiastic to preserve the environment as it is.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

We would like to wholeheartedly thank Capt Stacy for our unforgettable visit on Three Sisters Spring. We are very satisfied with personal touch service and on-time performance of the operation. Our expectations were exceeded not only during tour itself, but before and after as well since Stacy supplied us with local knowledge of accommodation near by the famous spring, gave... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Capt. Mike this morning. He is very knowledgeable about manatees and the waterways in general, the wetsuits were comfortable and fit well based on the measurements we sent ahead of time, and the boat was clean and ready upon our arrival. We lucked out with a small group (4 of us on our... More 

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Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

What a wonderful experience my daughter, husband, and I had with Captain Mike and the manatees of Crystal River! My daughter has always wanted to swim with her favorite creature, the manatee, since she was 6 years old. Now that she is a college graduate, it was time to finally grant this wish. Our tour with Captain Mike was all... More 

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Lindsay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My husband and I did a manatee tour 10 years ago and were moved by the experience. 10 year later we were blown away by the tour we had with Capt. Mike. It is amazing to have the manatees approach you and decide to interact with you. Gone is the old thinking of the 'petting zoo'. Mike does a great... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This was by far one of the greatest adventures I've had thus far in my 33 years on this earth.The tour itself was fantastic - Captain Mike's enthusiasm for the local wildlife was infectious, and I'm pretty certain all six of us who boarded the boat that early January morning spent the day grinning from ear to ear. Fortunately for... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Swimming with Manatees had been on my wife's "bucket list" for a few years - and Captains Mike and Stacy did not disappoint on our morning with them and the Manatees. After a short educational video, it was on with the wet suits and out on the boat, with Captain Mike sharing information on the location and Manatees - on... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

My family of five (husband, 3 teens, and myself) had the very best experience with Captain Mike. If you want to see the Manatees with the MOST experienced Captain, that provides a wonderful afternoon, and so much passion for protecting these amazing mammals....this is the ONLY way to go. Captain Mike provided a private tour for our family this past... More 

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