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“An amazing experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
Ranked #1 of 50 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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
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50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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“An amazing experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2013

I was originally a skeptic and was worried that manatees could get hurt by tourists. River Ventures is using education and guidance to offer a wonderful adventure and experience, and protect the manatees and the environment. Captain Mike was phenomenal in keeping track of the group, and made the safety of the people and the manatees his priority. Other tours that were in the springs were clearly lacking in their consideration of the neighborhood, the animals, or the other swimmers. I think River Ventures and Captain Mike set the standard and I truly appreciated the experience!!

Visited March 2013
Thank Joan R
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Ponte Vedra Beach
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
“Awesome Adventure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

We chose this company because of the trip advisor reviews and we were not disappointed. River Ventures created a very cool experience. Captain Mike was great, his priority was making sure we were respectful of the manatees and their environment. His knowledge and teaching approach were perfect. The staff showed an informational video with the do's and don’ts and did a great job instructing the swimmers, fitting wetsuits and getting us out on the water. If you want a zoo experience go to Sea World. If you want to swim with (and possibly interact) with these beautiful creatures in their habitat (one of the few places in the world you can do this) go to River Ventures. You'll be glad you did.

Visited March 2013
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Jan was great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

It was freeeezing! We saw lots of manatees from a distance but didn't get as much interaction as we would have liked. It was also very crowded with other snorkelers. None controlled by our tour or captain but disappointing. Maybe the 6am tour would be better?

Visited April 2013
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“Awesome Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 4, 2013

Just returned from Florida and our favorite activity by far was swimming with the manatee's. We did a lot of research before we decided to go with River Ventures and were very happy with the
decision. We saw a lot of manatees and it was so cool being able to swim side by side with them. River Ventures is the only company where the guide gets in the water with you. We rented a private house boat and Sean was our caption. He was awesome. He grew up in the area and is so knowledgeable about the manatees, wildlife and is committed to keeping Crystal River pristine and safe for the manatees. We are planning on going back this summer to do the scallop trip with Captain Sean.

Visited April 2013
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“Highlight of Our Orlando Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

We did this excursion as an extension of our Orlando trip, and this was the highlight of the whole vacation. In addition to the manatees, three dolphins swam by during the trip. Well worth the hour and fifteen minute trip. I've since recommended to everyone going to Florida! The pictures we got were great! The staff was beyond friendly. Our captain (Donovan, I think his name was) was wondeful. Please do this once in your lifetime. Get kisses from Edgar!

Visited March 2013
Thank 1JoM
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