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Address: 1223 N. Circle Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-563-0865
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Description: No Walk-ins Accepted - We no longer offer tours...
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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Stacy is the best tour guide I ever had!

We (my wife and I) had booked the semi-private 8:00 tour that takes up to 6 people, so we were expecting other people to join. But we were amazed to see that we were by ourselves... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
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Villemomble, France
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Villemomble, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We (my wife and I) had booked the semi-private 8:00 tour that takes up to 6 people, so we were expecting other people to join. But we were amazed to see that we were by ourselves, just the 2 of us + Stacy. Most operators would have cancelled, but she did not, because SHE CARES. She explained a lot about... More 

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Bucket list: swimming with manatees...check! I had a terrific experience swimming with manatees and Captain Stacy helped made it all possible! From the very start when I had contacted Manatees in Paradise, Captain Stacy was so responsive and honest in letting me know about the water conditions (I went in March and the waters were cloudy with algae and manatee... More 

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Westwego, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We had a crew of 5 and went on Mardi Gras day 2015. It was very cold as a front came in a few days before. Three sisters was closed but we still got to see a bunch of manatees. Got some amazing pictures and GoPro video. Our captain also took some nice GoPro pics of our group and sent... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

I am usually not so fond of private tours as interaction/sharing with others is part of the experience but I must admit this was a hit as the other "guests" were still with us ...in the water Plus of course that Capt. Stacy which was so welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The whole family enjoyed the trip very much Don't be... More 

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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

We knew we were "off season" (late April - water getting warm in the ocean so less manatees at crystal river) so we set to ourselves a low expectation level to avoid being disappointed. Well ... it was FANTASTIC ! We did not see a lot of manatees but for the few we met it was as close as you... More 

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Sebring, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

My family and I loved our tour. It was absolutely AMAZING! An experience of a life time :-) The boat was great and Mike was a fantastic captain, very informative, he's passion for these awesome animals is contagious! This was an incredible experience that we will never forget. I was tempted to do a Groupon offer because I'd seen so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Forewarned that the manatees had left the springs for open water, we booked a last minute tour with Captain Stacy. Just a short distance from the dock we encountered a mom and baby swimming in the bay. The water was murky and the animals decided to rest but Capt. Stacy insisted we be patient and of course she was right.... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Captain Stacy is awesome! Very outgoing & personable, she took us to where there were no crowds & we saw many babies with their mamas & swam next to them! We even saw 2 babies playing together. She is very informative throughout the tour & has a great love for the manatees & the bay they live in there. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

We picked captain stacy because it was clear that she really cares about providing a quality service. As we were going to be driving around 4 hours round trip from the Orlando area to swim with the manatees we figured it was worth paying slightly more for a private trip on her small boat. It was clear from the beginning... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Even though we were at the end of manatee season, it was a success. The captain knew where to find the manatees and made sure everyone had an opportunity to see them. Most importantly, he cared about the manatees.

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