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Manatees In Paradise - Private Tour

1223 N. Circle Drive, Crystal River, FL 34429
352-563-0865
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Ranked #1 of 30 activities in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
Owner description: No Walk-ins Accepted - Tour Reservation Confirmation Required -Greetings from Owner, Capt. Stacy Dunn. We are a private tour company owned and... more » Owner description: No Walk-ins Accepted - Tour Reservation Confirmation Required -Greetings from Owner, Capt. Stacy Dunn. We are a private tour company owned and operated ONLY by the owners/captains - Capts Stacy and Mike Dunn so you know who will greet you for your manatee adventure.We do one tour a day each so we can give each tour the "personal and educational" attention you want and allow the manatees to relax and rest. During your 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. « less
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Siesta Key, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Wowza what an experience! Had quite a journey and certainly not sorry we had. Fabulous to go on a small tour with Captain Stacy. The other tours were large groups, we were only 6 and Stacy knew exactly where to go to give us a brilliant experience. Our little one saw lots from the boat, he wanted to go in... More

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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

I thought I would never get the opportunity to see Manatees in the wild, let alone get in the water with them! It was breathtaking really to see them in their wild habitat. We had a private tour where we swam up a little stream to a fresh water hot spring pond where we floated around with them for several... More

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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Visited Mike and Stacy and a bunch of manatees with a very short notice. Stacy replied to my email inquiries within the same day, a day before the tour took place. Mike then took us on a manatee tour which was very well organized. No downtime waiting, everything was ready to go within schedule. Mike knew the area like the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Capt Mike was so informative about the Manatees you could tell right away he loved these animals. It was such a surreal experience being so close to the manatees. Mike Dunn was the best he really took his time and taught us so much!

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california
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

My family went on a private tour with Stacy. She was upbeat, knowledgeable, and thoroughly charming. Her passion for these sweet, gentle, creatures is genuine and strong. Her energy beyond her tour business goes to giving back to the well being of the Manatees and their environment. There were other tour boats out on the river with a seemingly more... More

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niagara
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I have done a lot of things in nature, but this was an experience unlike any other. Having a baby manatee come up to you and crawl all over you, like a baby crawls over its parent, was so special. I will never forget this. Captain Mike was very knowledgeable and his and Stacy's commitment to the manatees is undeniable.... More

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Virginia Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My 8 year old daughter and I went on a semi private manatee tour with a couple from California. They had lots of snorkeling experience, we had none and we all had a fabulous time! CAPT Stacy kindly helped my nervous daughter overcome her fear of the wetsuit, snorkeling, and getting "too close" to the manatees (after the video warning... More

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Urbana, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Captain Stacy led our family on a great and informative adventure where we learned a great deal about manatees as well as the birds and other wildlife of the Crystal River Area. We were inexperienced and the weather was chilly so it took a bit to get used to things but we were well rewarded with lots of very close... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

My family and I had an amazing time on our private tour last Tuesday morning. Captain Stacy shared her knowledge and love of the manatee with my wife, three boys (14, 11, and 8), and I in a very congenial and enthusiastic manner. It was truly an amazing experience! One of which we will remember and cherish always. Her getting... More

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Altoona, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Captain Mike Dunn provided myself as well as my friends an excellent experience. Two of my friends were non-swimmers and Captain Mike went to great lengths to see that they had up close time with the Manatees. He actually hand held guided them into the water for that experience. Then, as he proceeded to take us to another viewing area,... More

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seacowgirl, Owner at Manatees In Paradise - Private Tour, responded to this review

Hello and THANK YOU and ALL our tripadvisor/tour guests for such wonderful reviews! Because of our deep involvement with manatees, many times we are out after our tour helping with injured manatees or doing the not-so-pleasant task of recovering one. I do want everyone to know that we read what you write and truly appreciate your remarks and suggestions. P.S.... More

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