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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-777-1796
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Description: We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and...
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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Boy Scout Troop 2 from Mobile AL

We had a great experience with Capt. Loopy. He made sure we got to see Manatees and took additional time with one of our Scouts that was having trouble adjusting to the cold.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Mobile, Alabama
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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We had a great experience with Capt. Loopy. He made sure we got to see Manatees and took additional time with one of our Scouts that was having trouble adjusting to the cold.

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Fairfield, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

As a surprise, I scheduled a private trip with Sunshine River Tours to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. From the moment we stepped on the boat, Captain Jessica made sure that we had the experience of a lifetime! She is a great manatee spotter, and we were in the water interacting with a juvenile within 10 minutes of leaving the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

We Were Very Impressed With The Way This company (and Captain Loopy) run a very responsible business. They put the Manatees and their well being first with their customers a very close second. Cap'n Loopy was just great. He took us to two different spots to be sure we had a positive experience. We will definitely be back.

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Last minute my family stopped in Crystal River overnight during spring break, although I researched that Manatees typically start leaving Kings Bay in early Feb/March my sister and I desperately searched for an available tour. We called several places and all were booked or we got no answer. Captain Mike answered the phone and told us he thought that the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Captain Loopy was a blast...he tried his best to find us some to swim with but, we was a lil late in the season, but for what we did get, it was fun, the hunt to find one, the same one teased us all around...saw one tagged, swam in a beautiful natural springs area, saw John Travolta's house, and So... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Overall I would rate the experience as good. I did not do my research on the best time to see the Manatees ahead of time. Had I done so I would have picked a better time in the year to spend the money on this adventure. Even though it was the wrong time of year Captain Loopy went out of... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I've always wanted to swim with the manatees and my fiancee and I bought a Groupon for Sunshine River Tours. We were going to be in the Crystal River area at the last minute in May 2014, and even even though we knew it wasn't really manatee season, we thought we'd see if that meant they might have last minute... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I've never written a negative review, but after this past weekend, I don't want anyone else to waste their money. We booked the trip (early morning tour) over the phone earlier in the week at $65 a piece. When we showed up at 630AM, we were given wetsuits and shown to the boat. That's when the trouble started. Our captain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

There were 6 of us plus a 1 year old. Most tours will not take more than 6 and a couple take up to 20! We chose these guys in the end down to ratings, value & the fact they would allow my 1 year old aboard. It was amazing!! All the group enjoyed it from my 57 yr old... More 

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Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We had a private excursion designed for 6 people. We stayed out on the river for 6 hours getting on and off the boat to swim with the manatees. Captain Yves was so funny, but also extremely knowledgeable. The boat wasn’t fancy but it was fine and the snacks provided were great. This was one of the highlights of our... More 

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