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Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees

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1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-571-1888
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Best thing in all of florida. especially for animal lovers. My brother and I went in February so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Draper, Utah
via mobile
great time with the manatees!

I took my middle school class and we had a great time. Our captain was Captain Tom. He was great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Swimming With The Manatees is an ecotourism guide service located in Crystal River, Florida. We offer the finest in Manatee Swim Tours. You will be thrilled by the glory of Florida nature at its finest. The Nature Coast is a birdwatcher’s and aquatic paradise.
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  • Very good11%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible10%
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“private tour” (62 reviews)
“platinum tour” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1610 SE Paradise Circle, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-571-1888

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Best thing in all of florida. especially for animal lovers. My brother and I went in February so the water was SO cold and it was very early in the morning, but it was worth it because we were the only ones along with our...More

Thank talia679
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took my middle school class and we had a great time. Our captain was Captain Tom. He was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The guides were also great. Even though the cold weather has not set in yet they found some manatees and we...More

Thank Russell G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter swim with the manatee's a couple of weeks ago. Captain Bob made the experience even more wonderful. He was very informative and knew where the manatee's where. A friend of mine and myself stayed on-board and we where able to see the manatee's...More

1  Thank grannyunderwood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out with Captain Tom and our in-water guide Kaylee, and we had a great time. The weather was cool, but with the wetsuits on it was not uncomfortable. We saw lot of manatees and had close encounters with several that were curious to...More

Thank Travels2000_13
Reviewed October 14, 2017 via mobile

Ok, the weather played a part in making all the manatees disappear, so it was a major disappointment. Sadly the boat crew and management failed to warn us of this issue as we sailed out on our high price float around canals and lagoons. The...More

Thank Dave J
Reviewed October 8, 2017

My husband, daughter and I had the opportunity to swim with the manatees on September 27, 2017 with Captain Tom, his wife and daughter. It was our first time snorkeling and Captain Tom along with his family were fabulous in getting us geared up so...More

Thank gobulldogs2002
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

We booked the Platinum tour for 6 of us for the 28th Aug. Our ages ranged between 50 and 18 so a good cross section. As we knew it would be an early start (be at Capt Mike's at 0730) and we were staying down...More

Thank Timber49
Reviewed August 7, 2017

We had a group of 20 girls and moms out for a swim with the manatees! We had a blast. Captain Tom and Princess Marsha were patient and knowledgeable. We had an extended swim with 3 manatee and we were all tickled pink to see...More

Thank Hillary C
Reviewed July 29, 2017

We had the best time from start to finish. Well worth the time and money. We got up close and personal with three manatee. My wife was thrilled as were we all. Captain Tom was great, he made it extra fun and I was glad...More

Thank mikecat715
Reviewed July 24, 2017 via mobile

We had a fabulous time! We booked the platinum tour which was 5 hours. Our guide was Captain Pappas. He was very knowledgeable about the manatees and where they may be. We saw a total of 5 I think. Since this is the off season...More

Thank Hilltopcarolyn
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2017

Thank you for your review, Captain Pappas is a new addition to our team and an excellent one I might add. He truly makes the experience, it doesn't hurt when the wildlife put on a show either. We hope you will come visit us again...More

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Alison A
February 16, 2017|
Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
We have a 3 hour Gold tour that is semi-private, and a 5 hour Platinum that is semi-private. Both are adequate in-water time, however on days where manatees can be difficult to find the 5 hour affords you the opportunity to... More
Alison A
February 16, 2017|
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Response from Mary Ellen C | Reviewed this property |
We were in the water for about 1.5 hr. It was not sunny January day but in the mid 60s when we got there for our at 9am reservation. Once we got in the water, we were warm for most of that time. Everyone is given a noodle... More
January 16, 2017|
Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
Manatees are protected by law. I believe the video is online, it's called Manatee Manners and it will tell you all the rules involving swimming with the manatees