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Crystal River Watersports

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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About Crystal River Watersports
Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. Designated a certified Guardian Guide shop by the Save the Manatee Club, Crystal River Watersports offers 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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52 reviews
Focus on Florida's flora and fauna during this half-day tour in Crystal River. Combine visits to a national wildlife refuge, a state nature preserve, and an archaeological park with the chance to swim with native manatees. This multi-stop tour is easy with all transportation provided, and gives you a full picture of the natural elements that make this area of the country unique. All instruction and safety information for the swim with the manatees is provided by your guide.
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$68.90 per adult
VIP Manatee Swim Tour
1 review
Enjoy upgrades to a standard swim-with-manatees tour with this VIP upgrade option. In addition to the memorable experience of swimming in the manatees natural habitat in Crystal River, you'll benefit from a slew of special features. Wetsuits keep you warmer with the addition of lycra socks and knit caps, and you'll rest in comfort with a full-length fleece boat coat for the ride there and back. End your adventure with fresh-baked goods, hot chocolate, and the ability to take home photos of your experience on a digital drive.
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$101.70 per adult
Fresh n Salty Tour
Go snorkeling on Florida's Nature Coast on a half-day boat tour from Crystal River. Pass by archaeological sites, and go into a state nature preserve, a National Wildlife Refuge, and the Gulf of Mexico. Snorkel with manatees, and look for bat fish, sea turtles, dolphins, and more. Your small-group tour is limited to six people, and includes use of snorkeling equipment, and boat transport.
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$103.70 per adult
Manatees and Rainbows
3 reviews
Spend a day exploring Florida’s Nature Coast on this tour that combines two adventures in one. First, observe manatees in their natural habitat. After a break for lunch, suit up to snorkel or scuba dive in Rainbow River. Along the way, look for many species of wildlife including otters, birds, turtles, alligator gar, and more.
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$149.46 per adult
Try SCUBA Diving in Crystal River (pool or springs)
1 review
Get to know the basics of SCUBA on this activity in Crystal River. With the leadership of a PADI-certified instructor, you'll learn about diving theory and practice your underwater breathing before heading to the local pool or Hunter Spring to put your skills to work. This course is aimed at beginner divers trying out SCUBA for the first time; all equipment is included.
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$137.79 per adult
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Vince was our captain and Don our tour guide and they made sure we got up close and personal with the Manatees with some great photos to remember it with . A great day out would highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tour was informative and comfortable on the boat. The water time was good and the crew made every effort to search out manatees and not to out us in crowded areas. We enjoyed our trip.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a brilliant 3 days with Crystal River Watersports doing the manatee snorkel and completing our Padi Advanced Open Water diving. All staff were very friendly, professional and accomodating. The guides were very knowledgeable and informative. Would definitely recommend! and hope to be back...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so very much for your wonderful review. Our staff really enjoyed hosting you on your tour and for the dive training. Vince will be delighted to know that you both had a good time during the dives- and that you might be back...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I can’t begin to express how much fun we had with our Captain Jim and Dakota. They took us out in the boat and found us some without a any other divers around. It was incredible. A mother and about a 6 month old pup...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a fantastic review for us! We are delighted that you had such a good time on your tour, and that you enjoyed your time with Jim and Dakota, and of course the manatees. This...More

Reviewed May 23, 2019 via mobile

Robert and Wendy were amazing guides on our first ever manatee tour. They were very personable and so helpful, they made the trip such a joy! I’ve been planning on doing a tour like this for three years and I’m so happy I finally got...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2019

Hi Mary, Thank you so much! We were delighted to have you visit, and are so glad that you and your friends enjoyed the tour. The manatees have been especially accommodating this spring, and we are seeing more than normal for the warm weather. The...More

Reviewed May 15, 2019

Swimming with the Manatees has been a dream of mine for years! The team at Crystal River Watersports went above and beyond to make sure that we had the most amazing experience. I can't wait to go back and do it again!More

Date of experience: March 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2019

Thank you so very much for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour- and that you were able to cross this off the bucket list. However, swimming with these amazing animals never gets old, so we will be waiting until...More

Reviewed May 9, 2019 via mobile

We traveled to FL from RI for a wedding and decided this was a must! After researching that the manatees gather there mostly during the cold weather, we were a LITTLE nervous we wouldn't be able to see any, never mind swim with them. Casey...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2019

Hi, We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour, and enjoyed the experience of swimming with the manatees. Kings Bay has a number of new calves and the tour companies try hard to give the new mothers and calves several months to bond before...More

Reviewed May 9, 2019

We went in May 2019. It was off season but they, in great spirits, found a few manatee and got us in the water with them.More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Matt S
mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded May 9, 2019

Hi Matt, Thank you so much for taking the time to review Crystal River Watersports, we really appreciate it. Sometimes it takes a bit of time during warmer months to find the manatees, but I hope you enjoyed the boat ride and surroundings while we...More

Reviewed April 26, 2019 via mobile

I really recommend to have fun in crystalriverwatersport.com. They gave us a personal and educational tour while swimming with the manatee. It was an awesome experience you will have a good time with family. Vince and Don excellent and friendly tour guiders.More

Date of experience: April 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2019

Thank you so much for the review! Vince and Don do a great job, and are both a treasure house of knowledge about the manatees and the area. Our shop is part of the Guardian Guide program with Save the Manatee Club, and a part...More

Reviewed April 23, 2019 via mobile

Dakota , John and Kristie enabled us to have a magical experience even though their first concern ( snd ours) was the well being of the manatees. We were told to do nothing but float. We did just that and were lucky enough to have...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2019

Hi Tracey, Thank you so much for the amazing review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour- and had such a great experience with the manatees. Most guests are amazed that the very best way to have an incredible experience in a manner...More

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Eey888
January 13, 2019|
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Response from mum2divers | Property representative |
Hi, our masks do not have prescription lenses. If you have your own you are more than welcome to bring them for your comfort. We love our manatees and the other natural residents of the area, and are happy that our... More
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alrammer
January 3, 2019|
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Response from mum2divers | Property representative |
Hi, There is no exact answer to your question as we do run tours all year, but the number of manatees that you can expect you to see on your tour will depend on the weather. There are manatees that live in Crystal... More
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alaskasuebear
March 20, 2018|
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Hi there! Our shop carries a variety of wetsuit sizes so we are used to accommodating guests of all types! We have wetsuits that are a size Mens 4X (think mens 4X t-shirt size as a comparison!). They are 3mm thick so they... More
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