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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 43 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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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

Out first two trips were with Capt Stacey. This year we were with Capt Mike. Both are excellent tour guides with a passion for the manatees. They are in the water with you explaining how to interact with the manatees without invading their movement. I have been with two other tour operators and Capt Stacey and Capt Mike are the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and 2 daughters (12 and 14) chose a Manatees in Paradise private tour for MLK day instead of Seaworld and it was one of the highlights of our 5 week holiday in the US. Mike was a great host, relaxed, friendly and very informative. We had an awesome time in 3 sisters spring and using the approach Mike... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is the third year I have been out with Captain Stacy and Captain Mike to see the manatees. I am always amazed at their passion for the manatee conservation and their knowledge of the animals. Not only do they operate an excellent tour company, but they also take personal time to volunteer with USFWS manatee health assessments, surveys, and... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

If you are looking to swim with the manatees you must book a trip with Manatees in Paradise. The operation is top notch and Capt Stacy was just phenomonal. My family (two young girls and wife) took a private tour and the experience was great. Capt Stacy provided the wetsuits and snorkels for us which really made a difference. Capt... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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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

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

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

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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