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Crystal River Watersports

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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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A memorable adventure!

My family did a morning manatee trip and an afternoon rainbow river tour. The morning manatee trip guide(Dakota) and Vince(captain) were very knowledgeable and passionate about... read more

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Palmetto Bay, Florida
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Palmetto Bay, Florida
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family did a morning manatee trip and an afternoon rainbow river tour. The morning manatee trip guide(Dakota) and Vince(captain) were very knowledgeable and passionate about the local manatee population and were very detail oriented. Dakota was especially helpful with the kids on our boat. We spent the afternoon with Vince as we floated down the rainbow river. If you... More 

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

Thank you so much for choosing Crystal River Watersports for your manatee tour and Rainbow River snorkeling adventure. Vince and Dakota really enjoyed sharing the experience(s) with you and your family. Rainbow River is gorgeous, and our shop is working with local groups to try and bring the Crystal River and Kings Bay back to the clarity and beauty that... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a good trip and the captain was friendly and knowledgable about the area which was great. Only recommendation would be to bring some cushions as the wooden benches can get old and tiresome after an hour or so.

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

Thank you so much for your review, we really appreciate it. We are so happy that you enjoyed the River Cruise. I am sorry that the benches were not as comfortable as you would have liked, and do appreciate the suggestion for other guests comfort. More 

Conneaut, Ohio
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Leon and Lacy were just fabulous. We are an older couple, but these two "youngsters" took wonderful care of us. Leon knows and handles the waterways extremely well, abides by the rules and narrates your tour expertly. (He also knows a lot about hunting and fishing if you're interested in that kind of thing.) Lacy is an angel. Her love... More 

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

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We will make sure that both Leon and Lacy see your kind words. Our staff love what they do, and enjoy the opportunity to interact with both our guests and the manatees. One of the scientistswho studies manatees has made the comment that the manatees in Kings Bay are the healthiest and... More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

I booked two days with crystal river water sports in advance as I traveled from Scotland to Florida and wanting to do some scuba diving. Once booked everything was explained what time to be there etc.i booked the manatee snorkelling trip then scuba diving rainbow river the first day then scuba diving blue got to and Devils den the second... More 

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

Scott, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your snorkeling and diving experiences with Crystal River Watersports. Our staff really enjoyed sharing both the manatee tour and diving with you. We truly appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and hope that if you visit Florida again that you come... More 

Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

A very friendly operation, the manatee snorkeling tour is a memory you'll never forget. We had Captain Jim and his mate Dakota, and they were warm, engaging and really dedicated to making it both safe and exhilarating. They really went the extra mile to make sure we had the interactions we were hoping for, and seemed to really care about... More 

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

Thank you so much for choosing us and for the wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the tour, and that our crew helped build happy memories. Dakota and Jim both love their jobs and it shows. We will be sure to pass along the review and I know they will appreciate it. Thank you again for choosing Crystal... More 

Midlothian, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 15 March 2017

It was fun to swim with the manatees, and the rainbow river was glorious. The were a lot of rules that you had to follow when swimming with the manatees. You couldn't swim directly over them, you couldn't stir the dirt/sand/silt at the bottom (which is hard in flippers), and you can't swim up to the manatees. The problem is,... More 

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

Carolyne, thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the drift dive down Rainbow River- it is such a beautiful and peaceful area. Unfortunately we cannot control the water clarity in Kings Bay and I know it can be frustrating if the manatees choose to rest in some of the murkier water rather... More 

Bellevue, Washington
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14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

We had a great time first snorkeling with the manatees and then (after a lunch break) diving the Rainbow River.

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

Carl, thank you so much for the kind review. We really enjoyed taking you and your family out on the manatee tour, and then the Rainbow River dive. The combination of the two gives you a chance to see two really amazing, and unique parts of Florida. We really appreciate you choosing Crystal River Watersports, and taking the time to... More 

Mobile, Alabama
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264 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

While other tour boats were crowded with many snorklers, we had four on our boat. Amazing up close look at these amazing animals!

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

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so happy that you had a good time with the manatees. They are absolutely incredible and when swimmers float quietly as you and your boat did- they become curious and swim up to check you out! We appreciate the fact that you noticed that we strive... More 

Highland, Indiana
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Nobody wants tor read a mile-long review, but I could sure write one about these guys. From start to finish , this was an excellent experience. Did I get to interact with the manatee? Absolutely. But that's not what makes the guys special. There are over 25 tours operating the "viewing areas", and while I have not been on the... More 

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

Thank you for the lovely review! At Crystal River Watersports we try hard to give our guests a wonderful experience while snorkeling with manatees or viewing them from our boats- while also making sure that we protect the manatees. Our captains and guides all love the manatees and many of them volunteer their free time to help rescue injured or... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

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 

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