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River Ventures

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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About River Ventures
River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.
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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Get in the water with Florida's endangered manatees on this snorkeling tour to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with several time options to suit your schedule. With your guide's careful supervision, you'll safely swim and snorkel around these slow-moving giants and learn about their biology and behavior, as well as the conservation efforts that protect them. Pack light, as your wet suit, snorkel gear, and mask are provided.
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3 hours
from $79.81

Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

On this quintessential Florida adventure, you'll observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Florida’s Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Cruise the Crystal River in a luxury pontoon boat that is fully enclosed and heated during winter (the best time to see the manatees). This small-group experience is designed to view the animals without disturbing them. Plus, if manatees are spotted, you'll slip on your fins and snorkel and swim alongside them. 
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3 hours
from $101.38
from $657.92
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Jantravs4fun wrote a review Yesterday
Loxahatchee, Florida20 contributions4 helpful votes
Came to Crystal the second time and wanted to scallop, first find was 574.00 second was 400.00 then found River ventures for 95.00, Home run and had an awesome time, we found over 2 dozen scallops and the captain and guide Marrisa were excellent, sorry I can’t remember the captains name, but hey I am getting older! Highly recommend this tour company!!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Amber D wrote a review Aug 5
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Such a great day! Ryan and Troy were great! They were knowledgeable and easy going, but most of all safe. Scalloping was so much fun and on top of that we saw a pod of dolphins and a Loggerhead turtle. The boat we were on is well kept and the equipment was well maintained. Unexpected snacks and beverages provided. Will definitely come back!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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Mobile825330 wrote a review Aug 4
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Such a great experience! Trish and Wade were wonderful! 5 stars!!! They were patient and so knowledgeable
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Date of experience: August 2022
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CWL Museum wrote a review Aug 3
Jefferson, Georgia1 contribution
Experience of a lifetime! Captain Wade and guide and photographer, Trish, were absolutely the best! I definitely want to come back and bring my two adult daughters to be able to experience this very soon. THANK YOU for the fabulous memories.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Paula C wrote a review Aug 3
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Amazing adventure and well worth the money! Trish and Wade were excellent guides, fun and obviously love what they do. Highly recommend this trip!
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Date of experience: August 2022
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