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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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Being an avid water enthusiast I had always wanted to swim with a large number of manatees. This was the place to to that. The scenery was lovely and we loved every minute of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Being an avid water enthusiast I had always wanted to swim with a large number of manatees. This was the place to to that. The scenery was lovely and we loved every minute of the tour. The only thing that I found troubling was the burning sensation in my eyes and ears after exiting the water.

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Jacksonville, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went on a private manatee tour with Capt. Yves and he was very courteous and easy to get along with! He didn't give a huge presentation like a typical tour guide but had conversations with us about the manatees and I learned a lot. We had a very positive experience swimming with them, and got to spend hours in... More 

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Richmond
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We took the 7 AM tour and found a very friendly manatee who hung around the boat and allowed us to (properly) touch him. He even bumped me when he was swimming! In the summer there aren't as many around, but Captain John was able to find one. He is also a very talented videographer who has produced some amazing... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We did a private tour in the morning with Capt. Yves. The kids enjoyed it as much as we did. Capt. Yves was informative, entertaining and remembered our children's names better then we do! Well worth it. Plan on recommending to all our friends visiting the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

Went out today, June 22 2015. Capt Yevs was our Capt and guide. Found a great spot where we were able to swim as a family...no one else! Private tour is the way to go! Entire staff was awesome! Great start to this 2015 family vacation!!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Captain Tom is a wonderfully enthusiastic and knowledgable host on this amazing experience of swimming along side my favourite animals in the world, the manatee. At one point I was swimming directly above one of these magical creatures and we saw a mother and baby swimming next to each other. I will carry this experience with me forever. This experience... More 

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Pinetops, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

It was amazing we saw 3 manatees a as big as a car and we and we swam in the three sisters spring which was my favorite part.I completely recommend captain Roses boat he had water hot chocolate and coffee and to go along with that he told stories about exiting events.

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Smithton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Captain Tom was absolutely WONDERFUL. We made our reservations from home for June 12th @ 7:00am. We were provided with wet suits, snorkels and masks. We had a few minute video giving us very explicit instructions on what to expect and how what to do or not to do while in the water with these amazing mammals. Once on the... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We booked Tour C, a private 6 hour trip for a max of 6 people hopefully swimming with some manatees. We had to be at the office for 7.30am ready for the trip to start at 8. My wife was initially worried about whether there would be alligators present, but our fantastic Captain Yves soon put her mind at rest... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

I made the reservation for six of us a couple of days before. That was easy enough. I specifically asked about the ability to see manatees given it is not the season for them to be in their area. I was assured there was "a large population of resident manatees". We drove two and a half hours and we were... More 

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

I have never said the tour was 3-3/2 hours. We have a policy in our area to not disturb other tour boats when they are with manatees. We don't radio back and forth all the time to herd boats on a few manatees. We have the utmost respect for these animals. I am sorry if your tour was not in... More 

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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-777-1796
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Crystal River
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 am - 10:00 pm

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