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“AMAZING!!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Plantation Inn Dive Shop

Plantation Inn Dive Shop
9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-795-5797
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees would need room keys if they where any closer. Endulge yourself with a manatee echo tour or simply rent a boat to visit the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, home of the largest concentration of manatee in the world. Crystal River is one of the only locations in the world where man and manatee play. We are a true adventure center offering Manatee Tours, Dive Tours, Padi Scuba Lessons, Boat and Kayak Rentals as well as Fishing and Scallop Charters.
Miami Springs, Florida
1 review
“AMAZING!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My wife and I booked this trip unsure of what to expect, not being high season for manatees. After a quick safety video, Captain Ross loaded us on to the boat and off we went. Leaving the dock he already had spotted two females and two males coming in to the channel. He quickly anchored and got us in to get up close.
We then headed to clearer water at Hunter Springs Run, where we spotted a female and her calf. We swam with them around for about 15 minutes.

Captain Ross then took our group to a beautiful area named Three Sister Springs. We got to swim around in a beautiful piece of nature, it looked as if you where in a pool, crystal clear water. It was truly an amazing experience

On our way back we were lucky to spot a dolphin. Our captain took the time to get us in the right position to watch it play and take pictures. Although we were already late, he showed no sign of rushing to get back. Captain Ross really wanted to show us all the beautiful things that there are to see here.

This is a trip I would recommend to anybody, Captain Ross is such a friendly and knowledgeable person and provided us with such a unique experience. We truly loved the time on and off board. Something we will never forget.

Visited July 2014
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Jupiter, Florida
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“very nice experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Capt ED was great! Very knowledgeable. He took some really wonderful videos and photos of everyone, too!

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“Special trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We had an amazing morning snorkeling trip with a mother and baby manatee! Captain Ed Menster was able to find three manatees for our group (including several young children) to view in a tucked away cove and it was a very memorable experience! He also took us to Three Sisters Springs to further explore snorkeling and made sure that we all were comfortable in the water. I felt completely safe throughout the trip. He even had hot chocolate and coffee ready for us afterwards. Thanks Capt Ed for a fabulous trip!

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“Family Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

One word.... AMAZING! The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, fun and safety conscious. Captain Ed Menster was excellent. He made sure that we each had a special moment with the Manatees. He educated my family about Manatees and the waters we were visiting. He took amazing photos to remember the day. He made everyone feel safe. The group was small so we were able to engage in the fun together as well as with our families. My boys want to return this winter. I have to admit I'm ready to return as well. BTW Captain Ed makes great hot cocoa! Thank you for truly a beautiful time with my family.

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“Amazing experience, absolutely loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our amazing captain Ross took us all out on the boat to spot some manatees. After 200ft (60m) we already spotted two females and two males next to our boat. We quickly got in and got to see them from very near by
After we headed to clearer water where we spotted a female and her calf. Here we followed them around for 15 minutes in the water.
If that weren't enough, captain Ross also took our group to a beautiful spring named the three sisters. We got to swim around in a beautiful piece of nature. A truly amazing experience
On our way back we were lucky to spot a dolphin. Our captain took the time to get us in the right position to give us the opportunity to observe and take pictures. Although we were already late, he still showed no sign of any form of hurry. captain Ross really wanted to show us all the beautiful things there are to see here.
Also our captain made a lot of great pictures and videos of the experience with his GoPro, That I definitely recommend buying once back on the docks.

Such beautiful nature and animals combined with a friendly and passionate captain as our captain Ross ensure a unique experience. I truly loved the time on and off board. Something to never forget.

Visited July 2014
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