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Crystal River Watersports Manatee Tours

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Address: 2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: +1 352-795-7033
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Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a...

Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a wide range of activities that can be combined for a full day or even a weekend of fun. Your adventure begins at our marina shop right off Highway 19 at the North end of Crystal River.

Our Motto: Observing and preserving nature above, in, and under water

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We had already booked a manatee swim with Crystal River Watersports (look into the special negotiated room rate at the Days Inn across the street!), but we visited the dive shop a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Cocoa, Florida
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Cocoa, Florida
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133 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had already booked a manatee swim with Crystal River Watersports (look into the special negotiated room rate at the Days Inn across the street!), but we visited the dive shop a day ahead just to make sure we were fully prepared. Everyone we talked with was knowledgeable and helpful. We were one of the first boats on the dive... More 

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

Thank you for touring with us and then giving us a review! We are thrilled that you had great interactions with the manatees and that our staff helped to facilitate that! We are glad that you had a good amount of time in the water, after 1-1/2 hours of so we find that many guests are quite cold and ready... More 

Pensacola, Florida, United States
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a weekday VIP manatee trip at 7am and had a fun time. Our guide was very helpful and easy to work with throughout the snorkel trip. Even if you don't swim well, most people can handle this if they are in good general health. The staff fits you with neoprene wetsuit, a flotation vest with a snorkel/mask. This... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! We are happy that you enjoyed your VIP tour with us and that our staff were helpful! Thank you for the description of our gear, we try to make the experience as easy and relaxing as possible and being positively buoyant certainly helps! More 

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Alyssa was patient and knowledgeable. Robert was fun, knowledgeable and was really great about stopping to let us see stuff. the whole experience was fantastic.

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

Thank you for touring with us and reviewing us! We are pleased that you had a good tour with Alyssa and Robert and that you were able to view Crystal River and the fantastic creatures we have here! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After doing some research I knew that cold morning are best for the manatee swims, and we were not disappointed. We took the VIP tour and it was very reasonably priced for the experience. We were offered baked goods and hot chocolate going out and were lucky enough to see a dolphin and her baby on the way to the... More 

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

Thank you for coming out on the VIP tour, we hope the birthday present was worth the wait! It was a pleasure taking you both out and we are thrilled that you had a good experience. With jobs that let us take guests out to swim with manatees it is easy to love our work, and hearing about good experiences... More 

Largo, Florida
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We chose this location because of their reputation for taking out small groups. Upon our arrival, we were treated as if we were old friends. All our questions were answered and they even accommodated my request for a last minute tour time change. Captain Sam was supported by his crew of Colby and Alyssa - who would be our in-water... More 

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

Thank you for coming out with us, and for the review! We are happy that you had an exceptional experience and that we will have the opportunity to take you out again! Thank you for the advice for readers, we want all of our guests to have a comfortable boat ride and being warm and dry on the ride back... More 

Brockton, Massachusetts
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to see Manatees, but they had gone back out to the ocean, so they were honest with us and said we probably wouldn't see any. so we did not do the tour. Will go back there next time in Fla.

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

Thank you for the review. December was unseasonably warm so many of the manatees did not need to come in to the springs just yet. While there were a few manatees around the experience is very different once the weather has turned cold and the manatee population is much higher. (Which is why we recommend coming on very cold days!)... More 

Clarkston Mi
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sam was a great captain and knew a lot about the area etc. Was very good with all of my kids (4) and was not a "clock watcher"- took us to a couple of different areas to find the manatees and we had a great time! Will definitely use these guys again!

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

Thank you for touring with us, and for the review! Sam is a wonderful captain and we are glad that you all had a good experience with him. We love being able to introduce children to manatees and their habitat, and we look forward to taking you all out again! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a Manatee trip on Monday 1/11/16. It was an unbelievable morning. Spent 1 and 1/2 hrs in water with manatee. The captain and guides were extremely helpful and made the trip perfect. Not only did we get to see quite a few manatee up close, but we were able to pet several for as long as we... More 

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

Thank you for the review! We are happy that the staff helped make the experience wonderful, although it sounds like the manatees did the job for us! It is always exciting when the manatees are friendly and love attention and we are glad you were able to give them that! More 

Tauranga, New Zealand
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We had a great experience, Larry our guide was awesome - lots of information was shared around the area as we boated to find the manatees. The day was cooler than it had been and we quickly found 3 manatees and were able to swim with them for 2 hours - most of that time we had the little cove... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback! We are glad that you had a good time with Larry, we also love his experience and knowledge. We're happy that you had some manatee time to yourselves, having six passenger boats can sometimes give us opportunities like that to get away from the crowds. More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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69 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a fun tour to do. We had a super nice guide who knew so much about the manatees and the area. Unfortunately we did not get to see a lot of manatees because it was too warm and the manatees were not in one place, the guide kept on searching for a few so we could still swim... More 

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