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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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Amazing Experience, I'll Do It Again

I took a tour March 1, 2015, it was amazing! Captain Jeff was our guide, he was great in providing local knowledge of the area, tips and tricks for interacting with the manatees... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Waterloo, Canada
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Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I took a tour March 1, 2015, it was amazing! Captain Jeff was our guide, he was great in providing local knowledge of the area, tips and tricks for interacting with the manatees. I especially appreciated the importance and emphasis he placed on conservation, respecting and protecting these beautiful creatures. The tour was approximately 3 hours in length, a perfect... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went snorkeling with Captain Ed and had a great time! Some of the girls were scared of the manatees so he swam with them on his back around the river. The manatees were very friendly. Very fun experience.

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

You have to go here for Manatee Tours. They get you fully equipped for snorkeling, and assure you view a mandatory orientation. They are efficient and pleasant, getting everyone ready in a very short time, and their tours are very good.

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Stevensville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

My friend and I strive to support ecotourism companies that respect the wildlife as much as they respect their customers. This team did just that and offered a lovely three hour tour to observe and interact with manatees at Three Sister Springs. Would definitely choose them as tour guides again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This was our first stop on our honeymoon and it was fantastic! Captain Jeff Mauldin was our guide and he did an amazing job. He was informative, funny, and friendly - making everyone feel welcome and confident for our manatee snorkeling experience. You are given a clean wetsuit and snorkel to use, and watch a short informative video, then you're... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The shop is easy to find, and the people working there are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. It's always good that you don't have to worry about bringing anything except swimsuits and dry clothes. They supplied us with the wet suits, masks, towels and even coffee or hot chocolate. The boat was super clean and in great conditions so that... More 

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Captain Ed was a great tour guide and helped us to swim responsibly with a group of VERY friendly/curious manatees in the Crystal River reserve...we loved the experience, and the CD of pictures and movies that Ed took was the icing on the cake!! Get out there as early as possible to beat the crowds of people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

We picked the coldest day in history to visit & swim with the manatees; but it was worth every minute of the 24 degree frigidness & shivering when we climbed back aboard. Thank goodness the springs keep the water temp at around 72'. We were taken care of from the moment of arrival, given our wet suits & then watched... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We had a great adventure two times with Captain Jeff at the helm of our boat out to swim with the manatees. He even found us 3 manatees in the river on our way out to the Three Sisters springs, dropped anchor, and we had the three all to ourselves. What a wonderful experience as they were very curious, swam... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My husband and I went on the swim with manatees tour. I do not have words to fully describe how amazing this experience was. The spring was just a couple of minutes from the dive shop. We were the first group to arrive for the day which allowed us some one-on-one time with the manatees. Captain Ed was outstanding! He... More 

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