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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-777-1796
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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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Best experience I've ever had!

What a wonderful!!!!! experience!!Capt. Tom was great!Tip for you...do the 7a.m. if you can. There were only 4 of us this morning, and we were the only ones at the spring for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful!!!!! experience!!Capt. Tom was great!Tip for you...do the 7a.m. if you can. There were only 4 of us this morning, and we were the only ones at the spring for the 1st hour!The water was very comfy that we early, but definitely chilly when you get out!Capt Tom warmed us up with hot chocolate though. The manatees are... More 

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Oakville, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have! We had an awesome tour with Captain Laura and Captain Tanner. Everyone we dealt with at the company was enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful. We got up close and personal with about a dozen manatees. One youngster nuzzled our faces, chewed our hair and tickled our feet. It was an incredible experience to get that close to these beautiful... More 

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didn't ever think I would ever get into a wetsuit, but I am so glad the folks at Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees talked me into the suit and not just riding and viewing the manatees from the boat. Went out with Captain Tom who was so informative and helpful. What a blast to be floating in the spring... More 

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Llanfair Caereinion, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have used Sunshine River Tours 3 times since we discovered them many years ago when we have taken different friends and family on holiday. Our last visit was in December 2015. I booked online in the UK in November 2015. They responded to my email and provisional booking immediately. Unfortunately our first chosen date was booked as I had... More 

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took a private tour with Capt. Yves and we feel so privileged to have had him as our guide. His knowledge and passion for the Manatees was exceptional, we learned so much about the ecosystem they need to survive and how we can maintain their habitat without disturbing them further. His explanations of safety and how we were to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While in florida on vacation we wanted to swim with the manatees. With sunshine river tours it was the best day ever. Captain Loopy was wonderful . The other staff were wonderful and very helpful. They delivered we got to interact with lots of manatees and spent a wonderful day on the river. Thank you sunshine river tours. The Szewczyk... More 

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Conifer, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic encounter with half dozen or more friendly manatees thanks to the expertise of Captain Yves who knew exactly where to take us on our private tour! Appreciated his concern for safety for us and the manatees and his sharing of knowledge! He made the experience fun. It was awesome to be so close and personal with these gentle giants!!

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Thank Christine10933
Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We went out with captain Yves and had a wonderful time. The company is so conscious of the fragile ecosystem and the importance of not disturbing these gentle creatures. Swimmingwiththemanatees. com

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British Columbia, Canada
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We did a private tour, our guide was amazing. She found us the best place to swim with the manatees that was not crowded with other tour groups. She was very attentive and made sure we got the most out of our time with the manatees. I would do this tour again if I am in the area, and would... More 

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Thank Cheryl C
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Yesterday we had an awesome adventure snorkeling with the manatees. Captain Tom took us out to several spots and found us lots of manatees to play with us. He was a true boat captain who provided guidance, information, history and fun antidotes. The manatees where abundant, active and friendly. They came right up to us, curious and nuzzling. Truly an... More 

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