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Plantation Adventure Center

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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
+1 352-795-4211
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Swim alongside the gentle giants with daily tours going out every morning. $65 per person includes all equipment, 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, towel service, hot chocolate, coffee, hot showers, and heated changing facility with no parking fees! Ask about our private tours as well. Crystal River offers the best location to see and interact with the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, also known as gentle giants. Unlike other areas of Florida, the Federal Government allows for "passive observation" in the water between manatees and people in Kings Bay. This allows face-to-face interaction with manatees. We provide pre-tour education on passive observation and how to get the best experience during the tour.
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
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+1 352-795-4211
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"captain ross"
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"dive shop"
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"manatee tour"
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"three sisters"
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"hot chocolate and coffee"
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"wonderful experience"
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"photos and videos"
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"wet suits"
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"flash drive"
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"bucket list"
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"early morning"
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"manatee swim"
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"great trip"
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have done manattee tour yesterday. 2 adults and 3 kids. It was planned To have a 3 hours tour. It last around 2 hours and we saw with difficulty 3 or 4 manattees. We spent max 30 min in the water and in a...More

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Excellent tour with Captains Steve and Memphis! Friendly and knowledgeable, well worth our time and money! Experience of a lifetime!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Guides were both friendly and helpful. Saw two manatees and swam in the spring. Great fun and a lovely area of Florida.

Thank Matt V
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Myself and my 2 boys stayed at The Plantation and booked several tours with the Dive centre there. We did Scalloping, a Manatee tour, 2 fishing trips and hired a pontoon boat for the day. The service was first class as was the experiences we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super cool tour for teens and a lot of manatee's They also took nice photo's for your trip with a gopro and by the end you can buy them on a manatee stick for 40$. Thrust me it is it worth!!

Thank Stan D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Misty and Captain Thaisy were absolutely incredible tour guides. I couldn't have asked for better guides on this amazing trip. You can tell that they really enjoy their jobs and care for the well-being of the environment and animals. They really cared about making...More

Thank Shelby P
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You Gotta Do This!!!Dustin (Ginger) and Memphis are fun and knowledgeable about the local area, springs and —- of course Manatees. Terrific Guides. They grew up on these waterways and know exactly where to go to find these creatures, even during the summer months. They...More

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21 February 2018|
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Response from Joseph F | Reviewed this property |
We have done the tour in July and March, late winter and the March excursion was far better. The inner river water is much warmer than the outer and manatees we’re in abundance. They snuggled up to us face to face and would... More
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