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Plantation Inn Dive Shop

9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-795-5797
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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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Chillicothe, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

My first experience Swimming with the Manatees in Kings Bay exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only did Captain Ed and his crew find manatees less than 10 minutes from the Dock at the Plantation Inn Dive Shop, but we were in the water interacting with a mother and nursing baby who playfully nuzzled our group members. He then... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Great tour and I'm definitely going to do it again. John was extremely knowledgeable about the manatees and the best way to safely observe them. Great time! Highly recommend!

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Pompano Beach, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Captain Ross was great. The experience was amazing. It is a bit chilly so they have coffe/ hot chocolate / tea on the boat which was very awesome. Everything was clean and didn't smell. This tour is well worth it. You can't control the manatees so each time you go should be different. We got lucky and had one swim... More

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IJsselstein
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Have seen many manatees, and the source of three sisters was very bright. Nice boat and matriaal, delicious coffee on the return trip. Well entertained in the early morning.

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Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Managed to sneak in a Manatee Snorkel tour in a very rushed visit on a business trip stopover. I was recommended to these guys as an eco-friendly tour operator by another small local provider who's boat was in for maintenance. Although it was off season I set out and still hoped to see a few of these majestic creatures in... More

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Capt. Ed was humorous, intelligent, and all-around delightful on this excursion. He is extremely knowledgeable and answered all questions with a lot of good information. On the quest to find and swim with manatees out of season, we actually saw 10 and swam with 6! I had an amazing experience, and credit that to Capt. Ed's knowledge and experience. We... More

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Winter Haven, Florida
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Crossed another great experience off my bucket list with the Manatee Snorkel Tour at Plantation Inn Dive Shop /Adventure Center located at the The Plantation on Crystal River. I've wanted to take a tour like this for years but my interest was heightened this past summer when Citrus County tried their best to entice Jimmy Fallon to the area for... More

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Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We travelled up to Plantation Inn for the weekend and to experience the swimming with these incredible creatures who are so gentle but can be vast in size. The tour was very good and we were explained all the do's and don'ts what to expect and how to get close but not frighten them. You have to be quiet and... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

First.... Awesome! I was very impressed with the service at the marina and the pre trip setup of equipment. You can bring your own snorkel gear if you wish but the rental gear was fine and in good shape. Capt. Ed was very knowledgeable and worked hard to find manatees at a time of year when there really aren't a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The tour was awesome with Captain Ed! He was so knowledgable about the area and wildlife; he got us up close and personal with manatees even though there are not a ton of them here this time of the year. Captain Ed also took pictures and videos of our adventure!! It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it... More

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