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Address: 2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
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+1 352-795-7033
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a...

Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a wide range of activities that can be combined for a full day or even a weekend of fun. Your adventure begins at our marina shop right off Highway 19 at the North end of Crystal River.

Our Motto: Observing and preserving nature above, in, and under water

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Amazing morning with Manatees

Captain Leon and our guide Alyson were amazing! They are very educated about the area and the amazing animals. They made sure we went to a great spring to be able to see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
cdufrene
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Canton, GA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Swimming with manatees was incredible. They're such gentle, wondrous creatures. I had expected the trip to include an experienced, knowledgeable guide, however, and that was sadly not the case. We got a few facts here and there, but otherwise our guide talked (without stop) for 3 hours and gave most of us on the boat a pretty bad headache. If... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Hi Alass0, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience swimming with the manatees, but regret that not all of your trip was as pleasant. We sent you a message asking for some clarification about the rest of your trip, but have not received a response. Our staff does extensive... More 

Canton, GA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Leon and our guide Alyson were amazing! They are very educated about the area and the amazing animals. They made sure we went to a great spring to be able to see manatees. Alyson is such a great guide. We were able to float next to, around, on top of more than 15-20 manatees. We had a calf that... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with the manatees and with Crystal River Watersports. Leon and Alyssa really enjoyed sharing the experience with you and your family. Your visit was at the perfect time when it was cold enough that we had lots of manatees in the spring areas. We appreciate that all of you did such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Vince and Buzz were great! My mother in law did not swim but Vince kept her entertained while she watched from the boat.

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Hi Chris, thank you so very much for the kind review. We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed the trip, and that you had a good time with Vince, Buzz and the manatees. Our staff really loves what they do, and enjoy sharing their passion for manatees the birds and other critters in the area with our guests.... More 

Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went diving at the end of January. It happened to be a rather cold day during the week, so I ended up being the only passenger which helped with the fact that I got answers to all of my questions and a lot of cool extra stories. There were lots of manatees but also quite bad visibility because of... More 

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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review. Visiting Crystal River when it is really cold is the best time to see lots of manatees. The only downside, is that when we get hundreds of manatees in one spot, their movements can really stir up the water and make it harder to see them. We are sorry that this decreased... More 

Douglas, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband had a great trip swimming with the manatees. We actually got lucky and had a playful male allow us to get close and even rub his belly! Brittany and Jim were great. We will be back in the summer for the scallop dive.

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Hi Rachael, thank you so very much for taking the time to write a review. Aren't playful manatees the best? It is always a delight when our guests can be so calm and peaceful in the water that the manatees decide to seek out interaction and contact. We realize it is sometimes hard to follow the rules to let the... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in August and as it wasn't high tourist season we lucked out with Captain John and guide Derek to ourselves. They were very knowledgeable and delighted in giving us all kinds of insights to everything we saw. We can't say enough about the tour and the opportunity to see the Manatees. Derek was very good about advising on... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you very much Gerry for taking the time to write a review. Derek and John are fantastic. It is pretty clear that they both love our manatees and are enthusiastic about making sure that our guests have a great time, while ensuring that the manatees also enjoy the experience. We greatly appreciate the fact that our guests follow the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Awesome experience! Professional staff , great attention to details, knowledgeable and nice people. Very patient staff. Most safe tour. Small group tour.

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your trip, and really appreciate you taking the time to write a review for us. Thank you so much, and we hope to see you again! More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

All of my manatee dreams have been fulfilled! Boat Captain Jim was a very knowledgeable tour guide with an eagle-eye for spotting manatees we could stop to swim with. Dakota was our swim guide who snorkeled with us and helped to make sure we were in the right place at the right time to get the best possible manatee interactions.... More 

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review, and we are delighted to know that you enjoyed your tour and your experience with the manatees. Jim and Dakota both love taking people out to meet the manatees, and work hard to increase their knowledge about the manatees and the area. For many people it is a once in a lifetime experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was such an awesome tour! Buzz and Leon did a great job with explaining how to interact with the manatees! They were very patient and took pictures of our group! Thy also gave us hot chocolate afterwards. I would highly recommend them!

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour with Buzz and Leon. We will be sure to let them know that you had a great time on your tour. Our staff is committed to making sure that both our guests and the manatees have a safe and enjoyable experience. We know that once people fall in love with the... More 

Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Robert was an extremely knowledgeable and personable captain and guide. Enjoyed the river cruise immensely.

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John E, Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your river cruise with Robert. We feel extremely lucky to have Robert on our team as he possesses a wealth of knowledge of the wildlife and the history of the Crystal River area and is always happy to share that expertise with guests and co-workers. Our location gives us a unique opportunity for... More 

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