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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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Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
Owner description: We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the...
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Type: Nature & wildlife tours, Sightseeing Tours, Outdoor Activities
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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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amandafsmithson
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We took a private boat tour and manatee snorkel with Sunshine River Tours on 2/22/15. Yves was our guide, and he made our trip wonderful! The company provides wetsuits and snorkel masks, noodles to float on in the water, and even doughnuts, snacks, water, and coffee/tea on the boat. Yves explained that fins are not recommended because it is far... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Couldn't wait to go! Spent extra money by booking a hotel (many other tours give hotel discounts, but this one doesn't) so we would be there bright and early. We were excited to learn we were the only ones on the boat that morning. Although a little concerned because it was the 6:30 tour and all others were sold out,... More 

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SunshineRiverTours, Owner at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

After talking to this lady in the shop and the Captain it seems as if your mood was already set before you even left on our tour. The lady in the shop said she had to suit your daughter 3 times,because she was not happy with her wetsuit.She even sent another dry wetsuit out with the Captain to take on... More 

Foley
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We went on the early tour on Feb. 9, 2015. Our tour guide was John. He was not very helpful getting in the water or out. He was not watching to see if he could point our group toward the manatee. As a matter of fact, he was asleep when I came back to the boat. John would not take... More 

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SunshineRiverTours, Owner at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

These two woman came into the shop with a complaint about Capt John. John has been a good employee for several years who knows where manatees are in Kings Bay. I told the ladies I would talk to him because there are two sides to every story. John took them to Kings Spring because on that particular day that is... More 

Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

On Monday, 2/9/15, we booked a Private Tour with Captain Yves. Our tour was very private, as it was just the two of us and Captain Yves. Sunshine River Tours has found a true "diamond-in-the-rough" with Captain Yves. He is so personable, hospitable and extremely knowledgeable about the manatees and the springs they are attracted to in Crystal River. He... More 

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Northwest Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was amazing to be in the water with manatees and to see their activities under water. So glad I did the 6 hour tour/C. Our captain, Yves, was very knowledgeable, with much information to share about manatees and their behavior. He was respectful of the animals and yet made sure we had a great experience. He suggested we come... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

This was the perfect time of year to go swim with manatees. Crystal clear water and we were surrounded by manatees as they were everywhere. Capt Loopy was first class from start to finish and made the whole experience even better. There was an excellent balance between being able to see the manatees up close and maintaining the ecosystem of... More 

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Oakton, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

If you are an animal lover this experience is for you!! It's one of those things you must do. We took the 7:00 a.m. tour with Capt. Loopy, who is a pure delight. The day before it had rained so the water was a bit murky. But once we were in the water we didn't need to go find the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

My husband and I took the private tour. Sharing our tour with a family of 3. The 5 of us had so much fun. Nice houseboat, warm inside. Snacks and drinks both hot and cold provided. Our boat Caption Yves was a fantastic host, Instructor and Guide. We enjoyed hearing some of our American Slang spoken with his French accent.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This trip exceeded our expectations. First, as other reviewers noted the availability of manatees is heavily dependent on weather conditions. We were fortunate to go out on the 7 am trip on a cold (for Florida! ) morning. When you arrive the staff will size you for a wetsuit, then you will need to watch an instructional video. We went... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We booked the 6 hour private tour with Capt. Mike's and had a great time with the manatees. There were 6 of us on the boat and once the other tours left, we had the whole area to ourselves which made for much better manatee viewing as they were much calmer and friendlier without anybody else around. I would totally... More 

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