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Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-795-5797
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Description: The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees...
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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Experience of a lifetime

Captain Ross took us on the adventure of a lifetime, swimming with the manatees and providing an excellent video record that we can enjoy again and again. His knowledge of local... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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White Rock, Canada
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White Rock, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Captain Ross took us on the adventure of a lifetime, swimming with the manatees and providing an excellent video record that we can enjoy again and again. His knowledge of local waters and the habits of all the local wildlife made him a great guide. Meeting these huge gentle creatures close up was the highlight of our whole Florida vacation.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

My husband and I swam with the manatees this morning and we absolutely loved it. Captain John was brilliant and made sure we had the best trip possible. He was really informative and nothing was too much trouble. We had a private trip which was fab and meant it was really special for us as newlyweds. We got to swim... More 

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Hamilton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Captain John was our tour guide and determined to show us a good time for our 3 hour tour. We knew we stood a chance of not seeing the manatees as it was the off-season, but he found one in the first 10 minutes! He made sure everyone had a good look at her. We then headed over to Three... More 

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Woodstock, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The experience was like nothing I have ever done and I am now dying to get back. For the price we paid ($55 per person) it was well worth it. John our captain was great! Super informative and a really nice guy. We saw several Manatee, and swam with them in the murky part of the river- then headed over... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

We stayed at the Plantation and really enjoyed having close proximity to the Dive Shop. While we went with another company for a manatee tour, we did use the Dive Shop for the Scenic River Cruise, which was really enjoyable. The tide was high so we couldn't go into Three Sisters, but we did get to go in the sport... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had an absolutely perfect day scalloping with Captain Ed. He is a skilled charter captain and kept us out of nearby bad weather. He dove with us and brought up a bounty of scallops for us, essentially doubling our (4 of us) yield. We had some special requests to stop off at certain points, and he accommodated every one.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

We had a great manatee watching tour. Our guide did not stop til we'd found some manatees (and they are elusive this time of year)! Our crew was enchanted by the mama and her calf, we got some great photos on the Gro-Pro and we did purchase the video as a souvenir. Some of the staff was a bit brusque,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

I loved this place. I had the benefit of swimming with the manatees twice. Once in January of 2011 and once on Aug 1st of 2015. I was quit upset tho because during the off season in January I swam with over 100 mantees and just recently on my summer visit we spent almost 45 minutes to even find a... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We took our 3 kids (age 15, 13 and 7) to snorkel with the manatees. We were greeted by name as we walked into the dive shop and registered quickly. They quickly fixed us up with some wetsuits and showed the manatee to do and not to do video. On the boat we were given a safety brief and those... More 

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Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

My family and I have just spent an amazing day at crystal river swimming with and watching the manatees. We booked the trip online and booked it through the plantation dive shop. On arrival we were introduced to our captain Ross for the day who proved to be one of the highlights of the day! He was so informative about... More 

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