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“Looking for a Fun Outing??” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Manatee Connection

Manatee Connection
267 N.W. 3Rd., Crystal River, FL
352-697-0220
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Ranked #9 of 39 Activities in Crystal River
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Crystal River, Florida, United States
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Looking for a Fun Outing??”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

This was a fun exciting adventure-- that was a trip of a lifetime!! Captain Hank was The Best! There was never a dull moment and he kept us entertained throughout our journey. I would highly recommend an outing with Manatee Connection---such great memories! Can't wait to do it again!!

Visited October 2012
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Tarpon Springs, Florida
2 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“a great day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Took a group of students out for a "memorable" experience...none of us had swam with Manatees before and most were not from Florida. Captain Hank was great, very knowledgeable and we had a chance to swim with multiple manatees. His boat seemed to be superior to most of the others in the area and after we got out of the water and began getting cold--he had free hot chocolate ready!..a great day

Visited February 2013
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Oak Park, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“A very memorable tour with Captain Hank”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

My parents, my 8 year old daughter and I were on a 1 week tour of Florida’s gulf coast in April. We unanimously agree that the highlight of our trip was the morning we spent snorkeling with the incredible manatees on Captain Hank’s boat tour. He was friendly, knowledgeable and an overall great guide and captain. The tour starts with a short but very informative video about the manatees and the does and don’ts while snorkeling. Captain Hank supplies the wet suits. His boat is very spacious and comfortable. We were impressed that he knew exactly where the manatees were so we did not have to waste time. We not only swam with the manatees but were able to touch them. They are such friendly and peaceful animals. Captain Hank was also a great host for my parents who stayed on boat while my daughter and I swam.

One day, hopefully soon, we will definitely come back to the Crystal River and snorkel with the manatees. We can’t image doing it with anyone other than Captain Hank.

Visited April 2012
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Windermere, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Swim with the Manatees!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Just got back from a great experience with Captain Hank! Eight of us from 14 - 50yo went out on a chilly 37F morning. We thought it was going to be too cold but to our surprise it was fine. We swam at Three sisters where there were plenty of manatees, not too big of a crowd and the springs were beautiful. Captain Hank would have taken us out for another swim but one was plenty and we headed back in with hot chocolate and hot tea. Great, unique experience. You get completely outfitted and can buy an inexpensive underwater camera from the captain. You will have a terrific time. We will be back scalloping in the summer with Captain Hank.

Visited December 2012
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“Neatest experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

this was our second trip with captain Hank to encounter manatees. he is friendly and informative about the manatees and the area. we encountered three manatees which is good for the summer. we were on the boat about 3 hours but the time flew by. after swimming with the manatees he took us to a spring to snorkel which was beautiful, HIGHLY recommend this tour as he keeps his groups small.

Visited August 2012
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