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Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours

1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-777-1796
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Ranked #21 of 38 Activities in Crystal River
Type: Tours, Adventure
Owner description: We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the...
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Type: Tours, Adventure
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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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Baltimore, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW

First , I have to begin by saying Captain Yves is OUTSTANDING! Our family of four booked a private tour and spent a most wonderful day cruising the river , surrounded by the beautiuful Florida Manatee. We not only had the opportunity to swim with these majestic mammals , but Capt. Yves went above and beyond and educated us on... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

My wife and I decided to go on this tour with my parents December 2014 and we all had a wonderful time. I was a little hesitant at first as we heard about how to swim with manatees but our guide Yves proved to be very nice and knowledgeable. We road in the houseboat around for about half an hour... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Second visit to Capt Mike's Sunshine River tours, they have just recently moved to a new shop and its much nicer than the old shed they had, what can I say, this is a two our drive from orlando and you have to be there for 7 am so was up at 430 and on our way, it was a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had a wonderful experience thanks to Capt. John! Since we had a small group and went early we were the first boat on the water. John took us to a prime spot where the manatees rest and they all came out to greet us. We swam for an hour and a half and had many encounters with several manatees.... More 

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Grand Prairie, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

My daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed our swim with manatees with Capt. Jessica. It was one of the best experiences I've ever had and she was the perfect captain. She made sure that we would be able to experience swimming with these gentle animals by carefully inspecting the waters before she selected the perfect spot. It was a record breaking... More 

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Maine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Jessica was great but too many rules. Some are necessary. But 'please don't laugh do much' isn't one of them.

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Rochefort, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I took a private tour with my mother and grand mother on October. Our Captain was Yves. We are from France and what a surprise when we discovered he was originally close from our region!! We had 6 hours on boat and this was a wonderful sunny day, we saw manatees. Those gentle animals are the best!! And this was... More 

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Krefeld, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We came to Crystal River from Holmes Beach to arrive at 7.30 for a private tour only for us (2 People). Our captain Yves was excellent and had extensive knowledge which he was keen to impart. He was also very aware of the safety of the group in the water. We saw many Manatees, swim with the animals, they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

This is by far the best time I've ever had in Florida. Our captain went above and beyond to ensure the most amazing encounter possible with these magnificent creatures. The safety and well being of the animals was the #1 priority and that was the most impressive part of our tour. I would recommend this tour to everyone!

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Basingstoke
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

We travelled to Crystal River from Orlando to arrive at 7.30 for a private tour (4 people). The introduction to the trip was good as we were kitted out with wet suits etc. and shown an instructional video concerning appropriate behaviour swimming around the manatees. Our captain Yves was excellent and had extensive knowledge which he was keen to impart.... More 

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