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Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees

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1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-571-1888
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Bad experience! Haven‘t seen anything.

Me and a friend were really excited to go and swim with manatees and therefore we informed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
klarahathaler
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Chicago, Illinois
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Best Tour EVER!!!

Captain Mike and Mieligh were, simply put, AMAZING!! Best Captain and tour guide we could have ever... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Shree C
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Swimming With The Manatees is an ecotourism guide service located in Crystal River, Florida. We offer the finest in Manatee Swim Tours. You will be thrilled by the glory of Florida nature at its finest. The Nature Coast is a birdwatcher’s and aquatic paradise.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good11%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible9%
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“private tour” (63 reviews)
“platinum tour” (12 reviews)
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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+1 352-571-1888
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Me and a friend were really excited to go and swim with manatees and therefore we informed ourselves before we booked our trip and we even called them to ask what the best time is to go. So we went to Crystal River end of...More

Thank klarahathaler
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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, we are terribly sorry that you did not enjoy your experience; but unfortunately this is a complete misunderstanding. Yes, the best time of the year is during the winter, but as you stated the manatees are wild animals and can be difficult at times...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Captain Mike and Mieligh were, simply put, AMAZING!! Best Captain and tour guide we could have ever asked for. Very knowledgeable and so fun to spend the day with. Captain Mike kept us laughing all day long. We need more businesses in this world with...More

Thank Shree C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a two-hour drive to try to see some manatees, knowing it was the off season and our chances of seeing some were slim. We were able to swim with 7, and also saw a mom and calf swimming by us! Captain Michael was...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My granddaughter and I went swimming with the manatees today. Captain Tom was very informative and kept us entertained as well. It was an experience we will both remember! Thank you Captain Tom!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

He booked the 6 hour tour(we as a group decided we didn't need the 6 hours)we first found one single pregnant female...holy sea cow she was huge. So incredibly majestic. We left her as it seemed she moved away and wanted her space. The captain...More

Thank Rebecca O
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being this is nearly July we didn’t expect to see many Manatees’s but saw a large female and managed to get bumped by her ! captain Mike and our dive guide great people, if you want to see more of the Manatees’s come here early...More

Thank Chris H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After researching online, I settled on Captain Mike's because of the reviews and location. I booked a Platinum tour for 2, for my fiance's birthday in June. Our Captain, Yves, was entertaining, informative, courteous; a clear professional. Our dive assistant Mike was also very helpful...More

Thank Peter M
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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello Peter, we are sorry that our tour did not meet your expectations, but unfortunately your review is inaccurate on many items. We do make fully aware to all of our guests the conditions and differences between our summer manatee experience as well as our...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

We had a family of ten, including young children and teens. We went early and loved the captain, Rizzo, and the manatees! Friendly, caring, and helpful staff. Even in the rain, a good time was had by all! They did all they could to make...More

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Reviewed 25 May 2018

Went out on the 7 a.m. in May. Go on the early trip as you will see less on the 11 a.m. We had a great swim but they told us that we were at the end of the season.

Thank Darryl H
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Called on Monday and booked platinum tour for following day (8-1p) for my 21yr old daughter and myself. Went into tour understanding that the manatee had already moved out of the river and only residents would still be around. Initial impression at storefront was positive...More

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Shawna B
10 February 2018|
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Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
All of the answers by our guests are great and informative! Yes the winter is the best chance of seeing an abundance of manatees. Also, due to the manatees preferring the warm water of the springs during the colder months... More
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Alison A
17 February 2017|
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Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
We have a 3 hour Gold tour that is semi-private, and a 5 hour Platinum that is semi-private. Both are adequate in-water time, however on days where manatees can be difficult to find the 5 hour affords you the opportunity to... More
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Alison A
17 February 2017|
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Response from Mary Ellen C | Reviewed this property |
We were in the water for about 1.5 hr. It was not sunny January day but in the mid 60s when we got there for our at 9am reservation. Once we got in the water, we were warm for most of that time. Everyone is given a noodle... More
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