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Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours

Address: 1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-777-1796
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Ranked #19 of 42 Activities in Crystal River
Owner description: We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the...
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Sun - Sat 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Owner description: We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. We also rent pontoon boats and kayaks. We are located on the main spring on the water with plenty of free parking and the best view of Kings Bay.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

My wife and I tool the private tour with Sunshine River Tours. It was nice that it was only us and one other couple. Our Captian, Captian Yves was very knowledgeable and friendly. We were provided snacks, drinks and most importantly and really nice wet suit. We went to the typical sites and saw lots of manatee, but also lots... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This was a great experience!! My husband loved the swim with manatees and captain was very knowledgeable and helpful as I didn't adjust to snorkeling as quickly. Honestly, these people are friendly, efficient, and helpful. I will be back next year!

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

they had great service Nd very well trained employees running the place no they knew wat they were talking bout. Thanks again guys and gals for the personal experience we got to see with our private tour and the personal encounters with these big loving manatees. And a great our by captain looney. What a funny and great guy

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I so enjoyed the trip, go early 7am tour, our capt. was great, learned alot, cant what to do it agin.

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Owego, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

We did the 7AM tour which was early but the earlier the better. As the day progresses you end up swimming with a bunch of people from one of the 15 tour groups. So go early! Also as the Gulf of Mexico gets warmer less Manatees. They come into Crystal River because of the warmer temperatures during the winter months.... More 

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Columbia, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Friendly & informative reservation with Captain Mike a month prior to our Day with the Manatee! Morning of the snorkeling trip ( 3 of us on the private boat, heated with toilet, snacks & drinks provided ) we were greeted by a very friendly & helpful lady who got us suited up......Our guide Yves, a naturalist, gave us a running... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Good tour with friendly and professional staff. Enjoyed the trip. Appreciated the wetsuit as the water was cooler in the winter.

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Truly a wonderful experience. There were 4 of us in our group along with another couple. We decided to do the private tour which I highly recommend. The experience was better than we expected. It was such a peaceful day and swimming with the manatees is the real deal here. Our captain, Yves was awesome. We will be returning to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

King's Bay--Citrus County--is the only area where people are allowed to swim with manatees. The best weather is when it is cold as the manatee come into the warmer waters of the bay. However, it was very warm today and we saw few manatee. We went on the 10:00 am tour and were told there were many more on the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Captain Loopy was a great guide who gave an informational yet humorous adventure for the morning tour. The boat was not crowded and the instructions for the manatee swim were clear and emphasized by him. We saw and touched plenty of manatees before the snorkel area got too crowded and then we were treated to some hot cocoa before the... More 

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