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Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
Phone Number: +1 352-795-5797
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees...

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.

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Swimming with Manatees!

What a great trip!!!! We had an amazing time at the Plantation Inn! We did the Manatees tour with Captains Ross and Christy. Amazing! Would totally book with Captain Ross... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joan C
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Pensacola, Florida
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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

What a great trip!!!! We had an amazing time at the Plantation Inn! We did the Manatees tour with Captains Ross and Christy. Amazing! Would totally book with Captain Ross again. He was professional knowledgeable and obviously loves the Manatees and what he does. Loved it!

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation Inn Dive Shop, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We value our staff here at the Adventure Center as they are what makes us special. Captain Ross has been with us for many years and Misty has been a great addition to the team. Thanks Again More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went on a manatee tour this last week with the Plantation Adventure Center and it was amazing. These guys really care about the animals and their customers. Captain John and Captain Thaisy really know what they are doing. They took us to a spot just around the corner to the shop, and the manatees came right to the boat. We... More 

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation Inn Dive Shop, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. John and Thaisy are very important part of our team. John is our leader on education. We believe the education component is very important to the overall health of our manatees. We are located only 500 yards to the Kings Spring which is the home to 300+ manatees in the wintering month. Weather and wind... More 

Ocala, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had friends in town for Thanksgiving and wanted to provide them with a glimpse of the "real" Florida. We decided to book a boat tour of Crystal River on a whim and found the Plantation Dive Center online. We arrived and were greeted by a nice man who explained every detail of the tour (can't remember his name). We... More 

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation Inn Dive Shop, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We do have many options for our guest to view our manatees and other wildlife. We love to share our beautiful area with our guest. The scenic tour and Sunset cruise our great ways to the the manatees and stay dry and warm. Captain Misty has been a great addition to our team. She is... More 

liverpool
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked thirty yards from hotel to dive shop.has great tutorial before going out.supplied with everything for our swim.wet suits were 5mll.thick and were great flotation aids so did not need anything else although small booms were there if you wanted them.manatees were found quickly and stepped off a ladder on the boat into the water.the instructor that came into the... More 

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation Inn Dive Shop, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5 star review. We value all our customers feedback and love to see the 5 star reviews. All our guest love the fact we are located so close to their rooms. We say if the manatees where any close they would even need room keys. Thank You More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We rented a canoe and a wetsuit from the Dive Shop. The price was mid range. The staff is helpful and ready for the launch and for the return. The staff was knowledgeable with guiding us on our trip and recommending points of interests. The Dive shop has a good variety of dry goods.

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation Inn Dive Shop, responded to this review

We appreciate you business. We do have tandem kayak, single kayaks and paddle boards in our rental fleet. Paddling is a great way to have low impact and close encounters with our gentle giants. Once again thank you for your business. Paul More 

Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can find great souvenir shirts, caps, stuffed animals, dive gear, Yeti, jewelry, and sun protection gear. They sell a more natural bug repellent which is also supposed to be good for no-see-ums. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, motorized boats and they are easy to work with. It is also the gathering point for the manatee tours and boat... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Ed and Captain Misty of the Plantation Inn Dive Shop worked so hard to make sure we were able to swim with as many manatee as possible. We went to 3 different locations and he made sure to get all of us in multiple shots and video with the gentle giants (all while respecting their space). At one of... More 

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Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We booked a semi-private snorkel with manatees and arrived to find we were the only three people on the boat so got a private tour for the semi-private price! What a great surprise to start with! Our tour leader was Ed M and our boat captain was Mark and they were very knowledgable, hospitable and most importantly great at finding... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

We were 5 adult women looking to snorkle for some scallops to take home and our captain make sure that happened. He was pleasant, informative and helpful all through out trip. We met at the Adventure center at the Plantation on Crystal River, Florida at 8 AM and we were back on dock by 1 PM, tired and happy with... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

While I personally could not get in the water because I was sick (and wet suit made it worse), my co-travelers did and they loved being able to see the manatees. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see many because it wasn't the right season. Misty and Ross were great captains--very knowledgeable, friendly and wanted to give us a good experience.... More 

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