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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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I would give it a 10!

This was by far the highlight of our Orlando trip! I had reservations with both this company and River Ventures and finally decided on this one. Best decision ever! Other boats... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was by far the highlight of our Orlando trip! I had reservations with both this company and River Ventures and finally decided on this one. Best decision ever! Other boats that passed by had many people on them. Our boat was only our captain and our family of 5. PERFECT! We stayed at the Days Inn ( they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It is early in the morning but you have to do it on your holiday, be there at 0730. Sure in the weekends it is getting more crowded in the bay therefore the earliest trips can be recommended. When leaving a complementary underwater camera was handed (group of 4), the Cpt made sure there was bottles of water, to drink.... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Had the pleasure of partaking on this excellent tour with friends. We were lucky to have had 2 manatees about 20 meters from the dock before we even got on the boat. Tour guide was excellent. In total we swam with about 10 manatees in what is considered the "off season" Would highly recommend!!!

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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Just finished a 7.30 tour. Snorkelled close to a manatee and saw another - what more can you want? Then snorkelled the springs - stunning clear water. If you think you will be scared by non crystal clear water or snorkelling close to someone's lawn - then this is not for you, maybe an aquarium would suit? We loved the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We're a group of 4 who went on the 7:30am tour. First, our total tour including the informational video and waiver signing was just under 3 hours.. Not the 3.5 hours as advertised... Their site says free underwater camera with group booked 4 or mor(didn't happen), and a gift for kids under 8 (didn't happen).. The unshaven fellow looked at... More 

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

We strive to provide the best experience possible for all of our guests. I am not positive which day you did the tour, so it is hard to respond to anything with specifics. However, I would like to address some of items mentioned in your report. 1) Tour Length - the site states "about 3.5 hours" - that length does... More 

Whiting, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The captain makes the experience. Ask for Captain Wade. Even though he probably does this trip day after day, he took great pictures and got excited when we were by the the manatees. You could tell he loved his job. We got to swim and touch a mama, baby and big daddy. Next time we are in Florida, we are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I feel that the this a once in a lifetime experience. The captain is what makes the trip. Our captain Rocked. Ask for Captain Wade .

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Athens, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We went snorkel with manatees. We saw three adult ones and one baby. I was so excited. Our captain was experiences in finding manatees ad he made sure everyone spend some time with manatee. During summer, there are less manatees in the river. But I still saw four manatees thanks to our captain. The water was kind cold even in... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Stayed at the Days Inn just in front of this marina (awesome deal at motel if you book through this tour operator - see their website). Captain Robert was very informative and we had a great ongoing conversation about various topics. Even though our stay was slightly out-of-season for manatees, he still found us some to swim with - AWESOME!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This spring we went to The Crystal River Swimming with the Manatees Tour. The grandkids loved it. It was exciting to see the manatees in their winter home. We were a little late to see many of them because they were moving out from the warmer waters. At least we were able to observe a few. Suggestion, go when it... More 

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