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St. Nicholas VI Sponge Boat

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Address: 693 Dodecanese Blvd., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone Number: 727-937-5417

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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2016
Kenneth B
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Panama City Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank beccas788
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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.

Thank Kenneth B
Orlando, Florida
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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!!!!

Thank VeraOrlando
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
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 

Thank Don A
Springfield, Ohio
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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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 

Thank MattTD
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.

Thank LucyH512
Fleming Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 

Thank Larry3028
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016

This is a demo, yes demo! The 40 minute cruise is delightfully narrated. The young diver is dressed in authentic diving gear as we cruise out into the river. Once we reach "the spot" the diver plunges into the water. When we saw a plastic bag float up to the surface, we realized that a sponge had been planted in... More 

Thank lovetodance418
Weston, CT
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

St, Nicholas VI provides you with a short scenic cruise to a spot where their on-board diver "rolls off the boat" in full gear to the river floor to harvest a sponge. Prior to the dive, the diver explains the history of sponge diving, the history of Tarpon Springs, and its present sponge industry. The various types of sponges are... More 

Thank Terry C
Webster, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Excellent value, as well as fun and educational. 4 crew members took us on a 40 minute journey. As we travelled, we were educated about the history of the area including its Greek culture, and especially about the spongefishing history. One of the crew members, Max, used a vintage helmet and diving suit to drop to bottom and retrieve a... More 

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