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Crystal River Watersports Manatee Tours

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Address: 2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: 352-795-7033
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Oh the huge manatee!

Good day out but cut short because of intense thunderstorms. Did get to snorkel w a manatee or two. Awesome experience. Happy to be going with a company that respects the animals... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Newport, Rhode Island
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Newport, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Good day out but cut short because of intense thunderstorms. Did get to snorkel w a manatee or two. Awesome experience. Happy to be going with a company that respects the animals. The other company's boats converged on a few manatees and surrounded the poor animals w 30+ swimmers. Poor manatees. W chose to go somewhere else rather than further... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

You can really not go wrong with this 3 hour boat and snorkeling tour at Crystal River Plantation. The captains are knowledgeable and accommodating. Check in and suiting up is fast. Before you know it you are looking at manatees and in the water with them. On my trip with Capt. Ed Menster, he searched for a manatee family he... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We chose this company from the Tripadvisor recommendations. It was a good choice. They are friendly, efficient and value for money. They will supply all equipment if you need it and the trip out to the manatee grazing areas was a pleasant trip in itself. Captain Kristy pointed out dolphins and other wildlife and provided all the safety information. You... More 

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Rock Island, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We grandparents took our 12 yr old grandson on this adventure. We were as thrilled as he. The company was organized, our captain, a very nice young man and very informative.

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Louisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My family and I planned a trip for this morning (4/8/2015 @ 7:00 am) for My mom, My stepdad, myself and my autistic brother. We had never done anything like this with my brother and my mom was very hesitant as to how he would react, so she called and spoke with John (Owners son) who answered all of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It was a beautiful tour. The laws governing these creatures were very restrictive, but that's not this companies fault. The guide was very helpful in locating the manatees. The pictures were beautiful

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Duncan, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The company was very friendly and well organized. Our captain was awesome, friendly, and very informative. These creatures were amazing and didn't mind us being with them. We got lots of great pictures! I would definitely go back again!

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports Manatee Tours, responded to this review

Crystal River Watersports Is glad you had a wonderful time. Though the guidelines are restrictive they are in place to keep the manatees safe and let the generations to come have the same good times that we are having now. More 

Portsmouth,UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We chose the boat tour rather than the snorkelling as many of the manatees had already left the warm waters of the springs and visibility had become poor. Having said that, our captain, Jim, found some in the harbour within minutes of leaving the dock! He also managed to find some in clearer, calm, waters where we could get some... More 

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Ulster County,NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I chose this company based on a local attractions website. The staff was very nice on the phone while setting up the snorkeling tour. Once you get to their store the only downside of the experience happens. After checking in and signing the waiver they sent me to a souvenir room to wait for someone to fit me with gear.... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

we were able to swim with 3 different manatees in different locations even though we just missed the "high" season by a few weeks. it was pretty surreal when they swam up next to you! worth the trip for sure!!

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Address: Address: 2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: 352-795-7033
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Crystal River

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