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Plantation Inn Dive Shop

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Address: 9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
Phone Number: +1 352-795-5797
07:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Manatee Tour!!!

Went on a manatee tour this last week with the Plantation Adventure Center and it was amazing. These guys really care about the animals and their customers. Captain John and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went on a manatee tour this last week with the Plantation Adventure Center and it was amazing. These guys really care about the animals and their customers. Captain John and Captain Thaisy really know what they are doing. They took us to a spot just around the corner to the shop, and the manatees came right to the boat. We... More 

Thank John F
Ocala, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had friends in town for Thanksgiving and wanted to provide them with a glimpse of the "real" Florida. We decided to book a boat tour of Crystal River on a whim and found the Plantation Dive Center online. We arrived and were greeted by a nice man who explained every detail of the tour (can't remember his name). We... More 

Thank Mcgowan413
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Walked thirty yards from hotel to dive shop.has great tutorial before going out.supplied with everything for our swim.wet suits were 5mll.thick and were great flotation aids so did not need anything else although small booms were there if you wanted them.manatees were found quickly and stepped off a ladder on the boat into the water.the instructor that came into the... More 

Thank scouser222
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We rented a canoe and a wetsuit from the Dive Shop. The price was mid range. The staff is helpful and ready for the launch and for the return. The staff was knowledgeable with guiding us on our trip and recommending points of interests. The Dive shop has a good variety of dry goods.

Thank robin d
Hernando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can find great souvenir shirts, caps, stuffed animals, dive gear, Yeti, jewelry, and sun protection gear. They sell a more natural bug repellent which is also supposed to be good for no-see-ums. You can rent paddle boards, kayaks, motorized boats and they are easy to work with. It is also the gathering point for the manatee tours and boat... More 

Thank Mary P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Ed and Captain Misty of the Plantation Inn Dive Shop worked so hard to make sure we were able to swim with as many manatee as possible. We went to 3 different locations and he made sure to get all of us in multiple shots and video with the gentle giants (all while respecting their space). At one of... More 

Thank Theresa C
Jersey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a semi-private snorkel with manatees and arrived to find we were the only three people on the boat so got a private tour for the semi-private price! What a great surprise to start with! Our tour leader was Ed M and our boat captain was Mark and they were very knowledgable, hospitable and most importantly great at finding... More 

Thank Waitingfornoah
Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We were 5 adult women looking to snorkle for some scallops to take home and our captain make sure that happened. He was pleasant, informative and helpful all through out trip. We met at the Adventure center at the Plantation on Crystal River, Florida at 8 AM and we were back on dock by 1 PM, tired and happy with... More 

Thank Joan2453
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

While I personally could not get in the water because I was sick (and wet suit made it worse), my co-travelers did and they loved being able to see the manatees. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see many because it wasn't the right season. Misty and Ross were great captains--very knowledgeable, friendly and wanted to give us a good experience.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

Capt Ross and Capt Misty were top notch! Very professional and knowledgable about the life of a manatee. We enjoyed our time and were able to swim with 4 manatees. A definite return is in the horizon. Thank you!

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