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Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours

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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
Phone Number: +1 352-777-1796
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We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and...

We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. We also rent pontoon boats and kayaks. We are located on the main spring on the water with plenty of free parking and the best view of Kings Bay.

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Great trip

Went to Florida for a family and decided to take a day away from Disney and went swimming with the manatees. As I was only a young child seeing these massive animals swimming... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Went to Florida for a family and decided to take a day away from Disney and went swimming with the manatees. As I was only a young child seeing these massive animals swimming beneath me was quite terrifying. The staff, along with my dad, were very calming and supportive.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the highlights of our trip to Florida, Something that had been on our bucket list for a long time and we were not disappointed by the experience (even if we went at the wrong time of year!) Capt Steve found the Manatees gave expert advice encouragement and knowledge keeping us where we needed to be and making sure... More 

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Higham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Travelled over 2 and a half hours to arrive in a mighty thunderstorm. Thought the trip was going to be cancelled. But Captain Scott took us all out. There were gaps where we could snorkel with the couple of Mantaee's that we found, but the water was very murky and the manatee's were difficult to see. All in all an... More 

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Brentwood, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had an excellent time. We saw and swam with many manatees. My kids loved the manatees so much they adopted a manatee for me for Christmas, and donated money they raised selling lemonade to help save the manatees. Highly recommended.

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Cape San Blas, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We are a couple in our 60's and enjoyed the sunset cruise and dancing offered on the Manatee Queen. Dinner took place at the Margarita Breeze with a specific meal choice. The boat went out with a small group and toured around the rivers. We saw a beautiful sunset, had 3 wine or beer tickets each. The captain and captain's... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

it was an experience I will never ever forget Capt Bill was such a great host... still laughing at his exasperation at us getting left and right mixed up. he said it was the best day in over 3 weeks so we had some good encounters with mummas and their pups! only 6 on board and a very long day... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

Stayed at the Port Hotel (not too many good things to say about the hotel except that it was on the water and just a few feet from the restaurant, bar and Cap Mikes. Margaretta Breeze: Fabulous food with generous portions, excellent prices and a waitstaff that was courteous, friendly and professional. The entertainment was good too. Captain MIke's: We... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

My husband and I recently went on an afternoon eco tour with this company. The boat was large and comfortable and the crew were experienced guides and also great fun! We were lucky enought to see manatees, dolphins, turtles and a variety of birds and fish. This felt like a company run by locals with great respect for the marine... More 

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Warren, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

My wife and I have used Captain Mikes Sunshine tours a few times now, and they are without a doubt the best guides around. We come down (from MI) every few years to swim with the manatees (never know when they'll end it.) Sadly was only able to swim with a few, so why the 5 stars? Because this is... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We got up to arrive here for 7 as we were swimming with Manatees for my birthday treat. The captain did what he could to find some, but it was an unlucky trip as we couldn't find any - all the other boats on other tours were out of luck too. We probably won't ever return to Florida, so it... More 

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