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Plantation Inn Dive Shop

9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
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Ranked #5 of 33 activities in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
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... more » 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. « less
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Amman, Jordan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My husband and I took a morning of our honeymoon to drive to Crystal River and go swimming with manatees. We were in a group with Ed who showed us a great time and made sure that everyone was able to enjoy the spots. He carried children on his back, who were tired of swimming and took the time to... More

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Miami Springs, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I booked this trip unsure of what to expect, not being high season for manatees. After a quick safety video, Captain Ross loaded us on to the boat and off we went. Leaving the dock he already had spotted two females and two males coming in to the channel. He quickly anchored and got us in to... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Capt ED was great! Very knowledgeable. He took some really wonderful videos and photos of everyone, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had an amazing morning snorkeling trip with a mother and baby manatee! Captain Ed Menster was able to find three manatees for our group (including several young children) to view in a tucked away cove and it was a very memorable experience! He also took us to Three Sisters Springs to further explore snorkeling and made sure that we... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

One word.... AMAZING! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, fun and safety conscious. Captain Ed Menster was excellent. He made sure that we each had a special moment with the Manatees. He educated my family about Manatees and the waters we were visiting. He took amazing photos to remember the day. He made everyone feel safe. The group was small so... More

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Luxembourg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

Our amazing captain Ross took us all out on the boat to spot some manatees. After 200ft (60m) we already spotted two females and two males next to our boat. We quickly got in and got to see them from very near by After we headed to clearer water where we spotted a female and her calf. Here we followed... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Our family of 6 booked a manatee tour through the dive shop at the plantation. On arrival we were fitted with wet suits and snorkling gear (they even had wetsuits for our 4 and 6 year olds). Captain Ross (a 5 Star Captain!!!!!) took us out searching for manatees. Fifteen minutes later, we found a mother and its calf. "The... More

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Kirksville, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Our family (kids ages 12 & 18) took the "snorkeling with the manatees" summer tour. We had to be at the dive shop by 7:15am to get our wet suits and snorkel gear and view the videos covering the rules and regulations associated with swimming with the manatees. The wet suit was a must given that observing the manatees requires... More

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Paris, France
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

What a great experience for me and my family. Capt Ed, did a great job. We swam with the Manatees and were able to observe them without harassing them. Please don't use fins and float with your feet up high on the water so you don't stir up the bottom and ruin the visibility. Manatees need to see what they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I have been wanting to enjoy a Manatee tour since I have been in Florida. I definitely went to the right place. I had the pleasure of attending the Plantation Manatee Tour. This trip exceeded my expectations. Captain Ed Menster went out of his way to make sure that everyone had an awesome experience. The pictures and videos were of... More

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