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River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
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Ranked #1 of 51 Tours in Crystal River
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Andorre-la-Vieille, Andorra la Vella, Andorra
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“AWEEEESOOOOOME”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Thank you very much for this experience! I went with Captain Glenn, he was very very friendly with us and a perfect captain.
I use to dive but with this tour I realized that you don't need a license to do beautiful things under the water!!! I came from veeeery far just to do this tour and it was absolutely a very good idea!!! And they took a lot of beautiful pictures!

Visited February 2013
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“Thank you Captain Glenn”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

We are so glad we made it all the way down from NYC for the weekend to swim with the manatees. It's totally worth it. River Ventures were very kind and accommodating. They also were very knowledgable. We had a great guide, Captain Glenn who was fun and also very understanding that this was our first time snorkeling. We were with about 8 people on his boat and went out at the 6:15 time slot, which is good because the springs got crowded about 20 minutes into our swim. The manatees are friendly and just adorable. If you're concerned about your ability to swim; most of the time we spent floating, but you should at least know the basic breast stroke. Bring a change of clothes. It's cold on the way back.

Visited February 2013
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Harleston, United Kingdom
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“Thank you for an amazing experience”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

Due to the warm weather the manatees were further out into the river away from the clearest water in the springs but Mike found them and made sure everyone in the group had a close encounter. Our trip was well organised - Mike was very knowledgeable and we felt the trip did not intrude on the manatees and they seemed to enjoy the interaction with the swimmers. The instructions on how to behave around the manatees was made very clear before and during the trip. Easy to book on line. Really friendly staff. Good boats as well.

Visited January 2013
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Gottmadingen, Germany
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“Thank you Captain Sean”
Reviewed February 8, 2013

This day will remain one of my all time vacation favourites and we will be coming back once my sons are older and a little less afraid of the deep water. Sean is a very knowledgable and fun guide who loves these big amazing creatures, so thank you and keep up the good work.

Visited February 2013
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New Port Richey, Florida
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“Thank you Captain Mike”
Reviewed February 6, 2013

Had a great time swimming with the manatee thanks to Captain Mike. He was sure to take our group to secluded places where we could enjoy the manatee without a ton of people. I had a group of 4 people ranging in age 11 to 44. We all had a great time and where all able to touch a manatee. The last manatee we saw for the day was a baby...the baby stayed with the group for about a half hour, it was wonderful. Making plans to goto river ventures again next week. warning: swimming with the manatee can be addicting:)

Visited January 2013
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