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Plantation Inn Dive Shop

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Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429-5376
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+1 352-795-5797
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07:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees...

The Adventure Center at Plantation on Crystal River, where the manatees would need room keys if they where any closer. Endulge yourself with a manatee echo tour or simply rent a boat to visit the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, home of the largest concentration of manatee in the world. Crystal River is one of the only locations in the world where man and manatee play. We are a true adventure center offering Manatee Tours, Dive Tours, Padi Scuba Lessons, Boat and Kayak Rentals as well as Fishing and Scallop Charters.

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Excellent experience and excellent service

I went on the Manatee tour on 1/15/2017, which is led by captain John Spann and captain Bob. They are both so nice and offered me such a great experience in my life. I am not good... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went on the Manatee tour on 1/15/2017, which is led by captain John Spann and captain Bob. They are both so nice and offered me such a great experience in my life. I am not good at swimming and Captain John and Bob gave me all the necessary help to see the manatees. And in fact, I think the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed a four day, three night long weekend at the Plantation Inn. We weren't aware of the Plantation prior to this time and just got lucky we found it. Best thing we did was take a sightseeing boat tour one day and then swim with the manatees the next. The captain Misty and Captain/ Swim guide Dustin were fabulous. Dustin... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We bring a group of middle school students down to the Plantation Inn every January for a manatee encounter. The captains and staff of the Plantation Adventure Center always do a great job of making the experience both fun and educational for the students. This year, we sailed with Captain Ed & Captain Greg, Captain John & Captain Bob, and... More 

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Florida Panhandle, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My mom and I came to crystal river for manatee festival and to swim with them for the first time. Misty and Dustin were phenomenal. They took us to a couple of locations to check the manatees out. Dustin guided me to the right spot to take some great pictures. They were both so friendly and helpful with everything. Thanks... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Captain Jason and Captain Dustin were fantastic. We went out on the 6:30 am semi-private tour. They took us to the best locations to see the manatees before the water was busy with other groups. We were able to observe and interact with the manatees and we even got manatee kisses. The captains were informative, and also hilarious. I would... More 

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Morris,Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

we did 2 semi private Manatee swims w/ Captains Thaisy, Jason, and Misty. very professional every step of the way. boats spotless. gear in order. Coffee good. 6:45 meet at shop, gear up, watch short video then walk out the door 20' to the boat. Splash at the 3 sisters approx 7:30. good interaction both days. unfortunately the spring access... More 

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Micanopy, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our family's second outing with Capt. John Spann and the friendly folks at Plantation Inn Dive Shop's manatee tours. Doubling the fun this time was Capt. Mark at the helm, quick to help out at any time, in addition to offering towels and warm beverages. (Not to mention their sense of humor.) Words can't fully describe this unique... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Captain John and Captain Mark lead our tour with professional courtesy, excellent knowledge of the manatees and laws, and good humor. Our wetsuits kept us warm and buoyant, and Captain Mark had hot chocolate and coffee waiting for us when we got out of the water and back in the boat. The dive shop, restrooms, and boats were well maintained.... More 

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Parkton, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a group of 7: two 5 year olds who stayed on the boat, a 9, 12, and 3 over 30. Our experience was exceptional. Capt. Ross was took excellent care of the 9 and 12 year old who were very nervous at first. He made sure they were comfortable and had many interactions with the manatees. With the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Captain Mark and Captain John were very informative and helpful during our trip. They made sure we knew all the rules, but also made it fun and comfortable. Both were nice and kind and I would definitely recommend going here to friends and family (insisting I go with them :) ).

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