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“Full day touring with Captain Hank”
Review of Manatee Connection

Manatee Connection
Reviewed February 24, 2012

We looked in the last minute  for swimming / snorkeling tour with the  Manatees and an airboat ride   We were connected with Captain Hank in Crystal River through the Manateeconnection.com.   We met Captain Hank early morning at the Manatee Connection dock  and started a great and unforgettable tour while encountering  many manatees. Captain Hank provided the full equipment including introduction video and behaviour guidance, snorkling mask, wet suit and the right locations to meet up with the manatees "in person". We did not realize how large a manatee is before bing next to one,,,

Thereafter we followed captain Hank truck to Inverness where we went on an airboat ride while seeing alligators, turtles and many birds.   It was a memorable ride.  We rode for 45 min  to the stompknocker's restaurant on the river.   we had a great ate lunch there (see my separate review of this fun restaurant).  

If you are in the area and looking for a full or half day tours, ask for Captain Hank by name -  highly recommended. 

5  Thank EarlDGrt
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We had several options on manatee tours, however, my brother in law, has been with Captain Hank tour 3 times previously. I would not settle and go with any other tour guide. Captain Hank is not only is safe but he ensures that you have an amazing experience. Will definately take our visitors to this tour! oh btw! if you are unfamiliar with tour experiences be sure to tip :)

4  Thank Dawn911
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

Myself and my friends have been comming to Capt. Hank for the past three years. This year my friend brought along his sister, wife and young child. Capt. Hank has a great appreciation of the area and respect for one of Gods creatures the Manattee. Full of knowledge and a good sence of humor and play we were taken to many beutiful spots and was able to spend quality time with the animals and enjoy the nature all around us!. We now make it a tradition every time I come to visit my close friends in Citrus County. Thanks again Capy hank for the experience and the hot coco!.

3  Thank phillip8311
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is the thing to do in Crystal River. Capt. Hank was friendly, helpful, and very skilled at his job. The equipment - wet suits,masks, snorkels, etc. were all in excellent condition.
We were brought to the manatees, and had as much time as any of the seven on board wanted. It was a fantastic experience. Book it with him - you will not be disappointed.
Tony R.

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Reviewed October 15, 2011

During our 2 weeks holiday to Orlando / Hernando we were prepared to do more than the usual and we found it with Captain Hank - The Manatee Connection! Two days, we spend with Captain Hank.
First day, Captain Hank met us with his Air boat at the Tsala Apoka Lake in Hernando. For more than 3 hours we cruised the lake and its norrow waterways. Captain Hank introduced us to the natural waterways, the water management system and to the wildlife of this great natural ressort.
Captain Hank's experience and knowledge of the area was a great help in finding and seeing the wide range of birds, alligators (which exited our boys) and to make this a true water safari!
Second day, we signed up for a snorkling tour with Captain Hank in Crystal River which provided an excellent opportunity to see the endangered manatees in their natural habit. During fall and winter, the manatees group in the crystal clear and warm waters of the Crystal River Bay. We met Captain Hank early morning at the dock and started a great and unforgetable tour on his pontoon boat during which we met several groups of manatees very close and very personal. Captain Hank provided the full equipment including introduction video and behaviour guidance, snorkling mask, wet suit and the right locations to meet up with the manatees.

This experience is a must on every bucket list for central Florida! We truly can recommend Capain Hank as an experienced and well connected guide for this.

2  Thank SteveK1404
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