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St. Nicholas Boat Line

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Address: 693 Dodecanese Blvd., at the Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, FL 60007
Phone Number: 727-942-6425
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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Very Inexpensive Way to Learn About the History of Sponging Industry

As noted in several reviews....a very inexpensive and timely way (45 minutes) to learn about the history of sponging in Tarpon Springs. We sat in the front of the boat and spoke... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Ocala, Florida
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Ocala, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

As noted in several reviews....a very inexpensive and timely way (45 minutes) to learn about the history of sponging in Tarpon Springs. We sat in the front of the boat and spoke with the diver (Frank) for several minutes during the boat ride. He was very personable and great with the kids who were on the boat. Tips were appreciated... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

This was a great short (45) min. excursion for $8 per person. Very informative and friendly staff. Watching the diver in the suit was interesting! I would recommend this for everyone who visits Tarpon Springs for the first time.

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Mount Dora, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great little boat ride, and you can't beat the price. $8 per person, you learn all about the history of Tarpon Springs as the sponge capital of the world, hear what the life of a sponge diver is like, and during the trip a diver does a live demonstration in a vintage diving suit. Entertaining and informative.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

After reading the good reviews we expected a lot more from this experience. It was essentially a waste of our time and money. They did not hardly leave the docks and you could see the "divers" head because he was barely under the water. The whole place was run down and a tourist trap, we will not return to tarpon... More 

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We had a great time on the boat trip! Very informative and fun . Choose this tour and hope you have the Cajun captain . Great value !

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Brimfield, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

While in Tarpon Springs, the Sponge Capitol of the World, its an absolute must to take a sponge diving tour. But there are so many its hard to know which one to choose. Well here is a step in the right direction! If you are looking to do a tour this is the one to do! The cost is only... More 

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Sarasota
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Several boat tours in Tarpon Springs which is a fun town with Greek and sponge diving history, good shopping and great Greek restaurants. We chose this cruise because it was short-40 minutes-and it was interesting to learn about the heavy dive suits the divers wear and to see the diving demonstrated. There's lots more to see plus a pretty Greek... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I have taken this tour a couple of times. I would not repeat the experience if it was not enjoyable. What I like about this is that it is a short cruise- about 40 mins, and the staff are personable and make the cruise enjoyable for all. The cruise is informative and inexpensive.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

It felt like we were hardly out of the harbor and the diver goes down for a very short time, brings up one sponge and then we are back at the dock in less than 10 minutes. Narrative is interesting, boat is authentic, watching diver suit up is educational. Almost feels like it's all theatrical. Cost is only $8.

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Clearwater, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Just another boat tour. There are quite a few boat tours along the coast. This one is really not much different. If you are looking to go out on the water and learn a bit of history on the area then definitely worth a try.

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