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Address: 2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: +1 352-795-7033
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a...

Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a wide range of activities that can be combined for a full day or even a weekend of fun. Your adventure begins at our marina shop right off Highway 19 at the North end of Crystal River.

Our Motto: Observing and preserving nature above, in, and under water

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An experience not to miss

Greeted by friendly reception although we turned up at last minute. Put through safety and manatee rules and straight on board. Offered wet suits but no need of them in such warm... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Geoff C
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Eastbourne, United Kingdom

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Greeted by friendly reception although we turned up at last minute. Put through safety and manatee rules and straight on board. Offered wet suits but no need of them in such warm waters. Our Captain Jim very informative and took us direct to where Manatees were feeding . Other tours departed and we had springs to ourselves. Our Guide Vince... More 

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Fredericksburg, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very cool to be close to mantatees. The captain shared info about the river and other info about the area. The staff was very pleasant and accommodating. Be sure to be on time to get fitted with a wet suit and watch a short video about the way to treat manatees. I had no idea people would try... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was supposed to be the best part of the trip and ended up being the worst! They didn't give us wetsuits like advertised, the water was freezing, the captain (Jim) was extremely pushy. They show you this video about the do's and dont's with the manatees. But when you get out there around one it's a whole different story!... More 

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

We thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. The single most disappointing thing on our end is that we left you with the impression that we don’t care. This truly is not the case and customer service and guest experience is something we are always trying to improve. There were four points that you mentioned: Wet Suits, Dumping... More 

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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time. Out captain was awesome, very imformative & very patient with us. The water was cold but so worth it. Our captain showed us all around the area & didn't keep us grounded to just one area. We saw a few manatees & also saw Three Sisters Springs. Overall, well worth the money & we will... More 

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review of Crystal River Watersports- we really appreciate it. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit, and that your swim with the manatees was fun. I wanted to clarify that the springs you saw were The Delights that are right outside of Three Sisters Spring. (Three Sisters is currently closed for... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took a day off from the theme parks and drove to Crystal River for a manatee tour. We were greeted with hospitality. Not sure what to expect, we were told up front that there were very few around at this time of year. The kids were given wet suits to wear, and we were off. The two guides, Brittany... More 

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Crystal River Watersports and going out to snorkel with the manatees. We are delighted that you had a good time, and that Brittany and Christian were able to make it a special adventure for your family. Our shop is a member of the Manatee Eco-Tourism Association and we do our best to work cooperatively... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are on our honeymoon and snorkelled with the manatees yesterday. It was a fantastic experience and Lacey & Leon (captain & guide) were great. We were a little disappointed that we didn't see more manatees in the clear water like the pictures showed but as its summer and less manatees are around guess it can't be helped. Had a... More 

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting Crystal River Watersports and going out to snorkel with the manatees. We are delighted that you had a good time, and that Lacy and Leon were able to make it a memory filled afternoon. Thank you for the taking the time to leave a review, we look forward to seeing you again if you... More 

Albany, Georgia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Wonderful experience! Even though it was off season we got to see 6 manatees. Two sets of mom and babies. They took great pictures and knew right where to go. . The captain knew a lot about all the wildlife and the history of crystal river. Definitely will be returning

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review! We are lucky that our tour gives the opportunity to travel along the Crystal River Preserve and the Crystal River Archaeological Park in addition to the beautiful Kings Bay. Our captains and guides have a passion for the area- and we are so happy that you enjoyed... More 

Festus, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

Even though summer months are not the prime time for manatee watching, we were able to see many and experience a once in a lifetime experience! One good thing about this group is they do not pack their boats with tons of people--six or less. In fact, booking the first morning boat out, my husband and I ended up being... More 

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so happy that you had a great time on your trip and that you had a fantastic encounter. That baby really, really loved meeting you! The pictures of the baby interacting with you are fantastic . We really appreciated the fact that you followed all the rules of passive observation... More 

Ballwin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time! Captain Christian was very accommodating. We got to see two Manatee up close, even though it was off-season. I would recommend the five hour tour so you can snorkel in the golf of Mexico as well.

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy that you enjoyed our Summer Excursion and the snorkeling in the Gulf ,in addition to the manatee tour. Here on the Nature Coast we are blessed with a wide variety of wildlife and natural beauty and are so happy that you had a good time. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

This place is my favorite! best to make reservations in advance. Watersports provides you a 3.4 hour trip to the manatee. You get for the price of only $ 40 / person set for snorkelling, mask, wetsuit, life jacket and swim on the surface of a quietly waiting for a hug manatee. Impressions amazing !!!!

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