Prior to booking I spent a good deal of time researching all of the companies on trip advisor for manatee tours. There are a lot! I narrowed it down to the 3 main ones (Birds, River Venture, and then this one) based on the reviews. I was almost in disbelief over the nearly 600 all five star reviews of Manatees in Paradise. It had to be too good to be true. I am SO HAPPY we went with Paradise (although all of the Captains of the various companies have a great relationship with each other - they were all in communication to find the best spot for everybody).
The thing that made me choose Paradise was the group size. There's a limit to 6 people on the boat (our tour had 5) and the price for it was very reasonable.
We had the most wonderful time swimming with the manatees. Right off the bat, in Kings Bay, we found a couple munching away (if you can, listen for their chewing sound! So cute). My husband and I visited in early May, and there were still enough manatees left to have a satisfying trip.
Capt Mike even took us to a more secluded area and we found a mom and a baby manatee playing around.
To put the icing on the cake, he then took us the to swim around 3 Sisters Springs - crystal clear water! There are no manatees there this time of year, but it is gorgeous to snorkel there. He took bunches of pictures and then emailed them to us later.
Capt Stacy, his wife, didn't join us, but she was wonderful in helping us book the tour. You confirm by email and pay when you are finished with the tour.
Crystal River really is paradise and my husband and I cannot wait to return.
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