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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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A FUN-Tastic Day with Sunshine River Tours

We highly recommend Sunshine River Tours. We had such a great time with Captain Tom, he is not only funny but very informative. He knows the Crystal River area very well and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Union, Kentucky
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Union, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We highly recommend Sunshine River Tours. We had such a great time with Captain Tom, he is not only funny but very informative. He knows the Crystal River area very well and shared his wisdom on the habitat and life of the Manatees. For the first time snorkelers, he is sensitive, compassionate and understanding allowing those to adjust to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Capt. Jeff was a great tour guide. He was very informative. We saw many manatees. It was an amazing tour. The tour was about 3 hours. Thank you

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Waterlooville, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Tried the mini tour with young family ( 5 and 8 yrs old). Had a fantastic time (including a close up visit by dolphins), ably led by Captain Jeff. Kids were really disappointed when it finished, so will have to book the longer tour next time! Jeff was extremely knowledgeable, not just of the manatees but the other wildlife too.... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This has to be the worst 170$ I ever spent! Do not go off of the pictures on the website those are only for November- February we visited during August. The tour started and we stopped at a spring and I thought it was going to be amazing because the water was crystal clear. We got to see a natural... More 

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

I am sorry that conditions were not the way you had envisioned. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife's Manatee Manners video shows manatees in Crystal clear water. We tell our visitors in summer and sometimes in winter that the visibility may not be as optimal because manatees are wild animals and can move into and out of clear springs. We have... More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Capt. Tom shared so much knowledge and I learned so much! We found and swam with a mother manatee and a juvenile male for at least 45 minutes. We were even able to swim with more than one set of manatees. It was worth every penny we spent. I would definitely do this again and recommend it to my friends.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Sounds a gret idea but depends on which time of year. We went In July and the waters were really muddy then it rained and a little thunder. We were back in the boat after twenty minutes and taken to shore again after just about seeing one manatee!!!! I understand the safety issue with the lightning but so should Captain... More 

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

As far as I know nothing was said at the shop about this tour. I was there all day. We certainly would be happy to offer these persons another date in the future. Manatees and conditions vary from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. My guides are the best on the water and that is reflected by our... More 

Elk Grove Village, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

Tour C was worth every penny and more. We were able to see manatees within our first hour and we found a friendly mom with her calf before too long. We swam with those two for over an hour, watching the baby nurse and play. He was very curious and came over to rub his belly on our open hands... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Amazing day out on the water. Capt. Yves was a wonderful guide. He was very informative about everything concerning the manatees and their conservation. We saw many manatees as well as a mom & baby. The baby rolled & "played" with the swimmers! The grouped got to touch several of the gentle giants. I would recommend this to anyone! Thank... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

My daughter loves manatees and we were worried that we wouldn't see any because of the time of year. Captain Jeff was terrific and found us one to get in with. My advice is; Do not chase them, don't splash, just observe or let it come to you. The water is wasn't very clear but that was do to all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This was a great tour. Captain Tom was funny and engaging. Both he and Justin, the store rep, were informative and made sure to tell us and the other guests several times about how to interact with the manatees. A video was also shown. I recommend, though, going sometime between November and April. The summer months are not manatee season.... More 

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