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St. Nicholas VI Sponge Boat

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Address: 693 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3129
Phone Number: 727-937-5417
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Great quick tour and very informative!

Great price for a short boat trip, the adults and kids loved the old school sponge dive. The tour guide was great and told us the history. The sponge diver wearing the old dive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Michelle R
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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great price for a short boat trip, the adults and kids loved the old school sponge dive. The tour guide was great and told us the history. The sponge diver wearing the old dive suit was really neat to see how heavy it was and learn how long they stayed down. The sponge diver and crew was great with our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our boat ride and our interaction with the sponge diver and the boat captain! It was fascinating and affordable!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The folks who present this tour are locals with knowledge of the sponge industry in the area and some have been there nearly from the start. It is a friendly and informal atmosphere where you are up close and personal with the diver and he answers all your questions. It is not a fancy tour out very far but close... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

For only $10 a person it was ok. For a 40 minute tour the boat didn't travel out far at all. It didn't even go farther than the shopping area. The guide was knowledage about the area and it was unique to see the diver in action.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

It's a 40-minute very knowledgeable Cruise about the sponge diving ,from the early nineteen-hundreds to today , on how they harvest the sponges and what they are still used for today.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

During this short, inexpensive boat ride you will be able to learn how Tarpon Springs started more than 100 years ago together with the Greek divers who came here to get sponges from the sea. So very soon this small town took a leading role in Sponge industry. Very informative boat ride!!!!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

My wife and I took this 40 minute boat tour of the Tarpon Springs bay area. A diving exhibition demonstrating how sponges are harvested was the initial attraction. My wife and I found the Tarpon Springs history and sponge description provided by boat captain very informative and an unexpected treat. The diving exhibition was good. Overall we recommend this for... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

I can strongly recommend the St. Nicholas Boat Lines Sponge Diving Exhibition excursion. For only $10, I was able to take a 40-minute narrated tour on an open-air boat, during which we were able to watch the diver suit up (maybe only on the first trip of the day), learn how the “old fashioned” diving gear works, hear a presentation... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

I took this tour in between two other boat tours I had taken. If one had very limited time in Tarpon Springs, I would recommend this as this tour is about an hour or so. Very interesting history.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

A short informative cruise. You got to see a sponge diver make a dive and return with a sponge that had been “salted” in the river. That part was enjoyable and the “captain” provided lively banter throughout the trip. The big turn off was at the end they walked around and handed everyone a small packet of post cards with... More 

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