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Plantation Inn Dive Shop

Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-795-5797
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Ranked #5 of 43 Activities in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees would need room keys if...
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Owner description: The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees would need room keys if they where any closer. Endulge yourself with a manatee echo tour or simply rent a boat to visit the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, home of the largest concentration of manatee in the world. Crystal River is one of the only locations in the world where man and manatee play. We are a true adventure center offering Manatee Tours, Dive Tours, Padi Scuba Lessons, Boat and Kayak Rentals as well as Fishing and Scallop Charters.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Captain Ross was FABULOUS! He has years of boating/snorkeling/diving experience, is very knowledgeable and just happened to have been a Scout Master in his past! He helped make the less experienced girl scouts (and adults!) in our troop get comfortable in the water. There were 13 of us, many of whom were 11-12year olds. He took his time making sure... More 

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

What a fantastic experience for young couple and grandparents. Even had 7-Month old on board taking turns on child care. Capt. Ed was a terrific guide and picture taker, capturing everyone with pictures and short videos on these close encounters of the fourth kind. His Go pro camera got very clear shots, no need for bringing own underwater camera. Cold... More 

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

All in one price was good idea. Capt. Jeff did great job of setting up the dive and leading us to the Manatees!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The Dive Shop at Plantation on Crystal River did a fantastic job preparing me for the snorkel adventure with the manatees. They provide everything except the weather and it was perfect too. Captain Ed swam into the spring with us and made sure everyone was photographed and videoed. He even stopped to help a person from another tour group whose... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

Great morning despite lousy weather! Captain Ed was awesome! Loved the baby and mom that rose to the surface from resting and took a breath 5 inches from my face!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great company to use to snorkel with the manatees. We had captain Jeff. He was great with our kids. He was very knowledgeable and easy going. I liked this company as they make it a point to emphasize conservation of the manatees. They are very responsible in their interactions with these wonderful creatures. Thank you for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I just finished a three day stay here with Manatee swims each day. All the staff is great, even at 7 in the morning... I don't what they drink in their coffee to be in such a good mood, but I want some. A great bunch, they will take care of you. Their dive guides are real... More 

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Powder Springs, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Swimming with the manatees was an experience of a lifetime. The manatees are huge animals, but so gentle and friendly. I did not expect that they would search out interaction with us as much as they did. They slowly and gently swim up to you so you can touch them, if you are still they give you kisses and roll... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

follow directions and you will have the most amazing experience - Captain Ross is great. We interacted with nature, swam in springs and had manatee ask us for cuddles... mind was blown! Great instruction and information about the environment. loved it!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Swimming with the manatees has been on my bucket list for quite some time, so my brother and I decided to finally go. It was an awesome experience. Despite having to get up early to drive from Orlando, we had a great time. The outfit equips you with a wetsuit, goggles with snorkel which have all been cleaned, a towel,... More 

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