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Crystal Lodge Dive Center

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Address: 525 NW 7th Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-3805
Phone Number: 352-795-6798
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Very affordable boat rentals.

We rented a jon boat to explore King's Bay with the hope of seeing manatees. After watching a short video explaining boating regulations around manatees we were given a map and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 24, 2016
Lisa R
Monroe, North Carolina

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Monroe, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016

We rented a jon boat to explore King's Bay with the hope of seeing manatees. After watching a short video explaining boating regulations around manatees we were given a map and directions to the most likely places to spot manatees. It was a beautiful boat ride and well worth the $17/hour price. We only saw one manatee during the ride... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2016

Upon getting into the water knowing that manatees swam somewhere below, I must admit I was frightened to death. One thing I can say for sure is that their size may alarm you, but there is gentleness about them that is indescribable until you experience it for yourself. A group from our university planned this trip with around 20 student... More 

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

We took the 8 am manatee tour this past Friday with Crystal Lodge Dive Center. We rented wet suits and full snorkeling equipment. We found the guide to be very knowledgeable of the area and the manatees. We snorkeled at Three Sisters Spring and it was a very special. I would recommend making such a trip with Crystal Lodge. First... More 

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santa fe nm
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

Having called them from St Augustine three hours away, they assured us we would be able to find a pontoon boat with them. When we got there they said the tide was too low. We had told him the previous day we would be arriving around noon. They had said that would be fine. When we got there, they would... More 

Thank brucezzzzzzz
Meansville, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2016 via mobile

Great group of people hidden behind the Best Western. Both my kids were certified thru these guys. The instructor Rudy was very good with the kids and also attentive to make sure my wife and I had a great time to. Got to snorkel with manatees as an added bonus.

Thank H5RSports
Celebration, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

This is my favorite place to go!! The scenery is so beautiful and peaceful. The staff is fantastic and of course the experience to swim with the manatees is a dream coming true! If you love manatees and beautiful nature and kind knowledgable people this is a place you really have to visit!!

Thank Saskiatours
Lexington, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2015

After reading multiple reviews,my wife and I decided to use Crystal Lodge Dive Center for our twenty year old son's Open Water certification( and we were so glad we did!) The staff there were friendly,honest,and knowledgeable, and took great care of us.Our son's instructor was Rudy Banks, the absolute best Dive instructor I have met in over thirty years.Rudy was... More 

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Palm Beach Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

We saw Manatees! It was great. The staff was knowledgable and attentive. The river was clear enough to see the Manatees well. The gear they gave us was in excellent condition. The water was a little cool but the wetsuits worked fine. Good outing.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the noonday scenic pontoon boat tour on King's Bay. Our Captain pointed out natural and local features and answered questions. We saw two manatees up close, it is not season for them to be here. Covered seating if one is concerned about exposure. Very gentle ride. We were guests at the Best Western where the... More 

Thank Shauna D
Fleet, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2015

Friendly and helpful staff. We wanted to rent a small craft for a couple of hours to explore the river Bay Area. The guys at Crystal Lodge explained the local rules, showed us the mandatory video, highlighted possible routes on the map they gave us with what to look out for and perhaps more importantly, what to avoid!! Very happy... More 

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