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Native Vacations, Inc.

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Address: 10460 W New York St, Homosassa, FL 34448-3825
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+1 352-601-8992
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Visit us to swim with the endangered Florida Manatee. Come visit our new...

Visit us to swim with the endangered Florida Manatee. Come visit our new Gift Shop and check in location, located in "Old Homosassa Florida" There is no experience like it. We offer 3 or 5 hour swimming with manatee tours, in the only place in the United States where one can enter the natural habitat of an endangered species, with the intention of some kind of interaction. We have been in business 18 years and pride ourselves on great customer service and the fact that we love what we do.

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Amazing Experience!

I took my parents and best friend in hopes we would have a fun day out. We were lucky to get Traci who was not only knowledgeable but made you feel like you were an old friend. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Alexandra B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my parents and best friend in hopes we would have a fun day out. We were lucky to get Traci who was not only knowledgeable but made you feel like you were an old friend. I had low expectations as I didn't want to get my hopes up to but with Traci's keen eye, we had manatees in... More 

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Thank Alexandra B
CaptainTraci, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Hi Alexandra, thank you for your review, we always appreciate them! It was a pleasure to meet all of you yesterday, and to take all of you to see the manatees. I am very happy that all of you enjoyed your afternoon with the manatees, the pictures were great, and I also had a great time. Remember, when your captain... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went a few years ago with Captain Traci for our anniversary in November (we are just now getting into Trip Advisor reviews). We were the only ones on the tour that day and it was early November so we weren't sure how many (if any) Manatees we would actually see. Captain Traci is so personable and knowledgable. We wouldn't... More 

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CaptainTraci, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Hello, and thank you for your review, it does not matter how long ago you've visited, you can still write about your experience. We are so very happy that you had such a great day, and had a wonderful time with the manatees, and watching the dolphins. The dolphins are always a surprise experience, and watching the mud ringing (gathering... More 

Fredonia, NY
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65 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the used Native Vacation to swim with Manatees. Our Aunt had used this company before and had nothing but great things to say about them. She was right!!! Greg was our captain and he was AWESOME. He was helpful and gave a lot of interesting and relevant information about manatees. On our way out to the swim, Greg... More 

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CaptainTraci, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review, we love reading feedback from our customers. You have given some good advice and information for our upcoming guests. We really do know what we are doing, and we love what we do! It is always a pleasure to share the manatees with our guests, especially for the first time, we enjoy it... More 

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Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

We had Greg as our tour guide and he was absolutely amazing! Great sense of humor and also a lot of knowledge. There was also a medical emergency on the boat next to us and he absolutely took control of the situation and as a healthcare worker myself I truly believe he is the reason that the woman is alive.... More 

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manateewoman, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for choosing Native Vacations. We are happy that you enjoyed Captain Greg's company and knowledge, and seeing the manatees with him. We are proud of Captains Chris and Greg for their quick action and taking care of the emergency, and they did in fact, save a woman's life. She did call the next day... More 

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Wonderful family adventure with Captain Traci! We were a party of 6 from age 6 - 70 and we all had a great time! We saw 4 Manatee during our time in the water. Capt Traci was knowledgeable and friendly. She answered all of our questions and made us feel safe and comfortable on the boat. Highly recommend this company... More 

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manateewoman, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for choosing us for your manatee adventure! It was a pleasure to share the day with all of you and be a part of your special manatee experience. We love what we do and I am very happy to her that you had such a good time. We hope you will visit... More 

Baraboo, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 2 April 2017

This was the second time we've done the manatee swim with Native Vacations and both times were awesome and fun. The reason we decided to go again was because we enjoyed the experience so much the first time. Our most recent trip was on March 30th and our experience was positive from start to finish. The entire staff was super... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We love having repeat customers :) The opportunity to snorkel with the Manatees is a privilege that we love getting to share with our guests! What makes this experience even better is that our crew is passionate about the wildlife and love what they do. The Manatees are incredible creatures, so gentle and curious. You never... More 

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Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Greg was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Great experience! Lots of manatee sightings and good info and stories about the area. I would highly recommend this trip!

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Our Captains are passionate about the wildlife and their jobs, which makes your experience with the Manatees even more unforgettable! Our goal is to provide an educational, experience of a lifetime. Come see for yourself! Victoria- Tour Operations Manager More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This is the third time I have accompanied students on a trip to snorkel and observe Manatees. Captain Traci is an amazing advocate for these special animals and her passion and love for them is contagious! Every year our students come back changed for the better because of this experience.

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We love having repeat customers :) With Citrus County being the only place where you can legally swim with the Manatees in their natural habitat, it’s a great place to bring out of state visitors! Our Captains are passionate about the wildlife and their jobs, which makes the experience even more fun! Our goal is to... More 

Cranston, Rhode Island
1 review
Reviewed 19 February 2017

What an amazing experience! Captain Traci is in love with these beautiful, gentle creatures, and is passionate about spreading that love with her guests. The instructional video is so important in educating people about the manatees and their environment, and Traci's education helped us have an up close non-invasive experience. Once we entered the water, it was truly magical; these... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! The opportunity to snorkel with the Manatees is a privilege that we love getting to share with our guests! What makes this experience even better is that our crew is passionate about the wildlife and love what they do. The Manatees are incredible creatures, so gentle and curious. You never know what to expect on our... More 

De Pere, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip so much the first time we went out a second time while on our vacation!!! Captain Tracy ROCKS! She is so passionate about the manatees 💙 she really took time with us and headed in the right direction! We had a beautiful day the manatees we very active and loved their bellies rubbed! Would totally do... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review and enthusiasm! We love having repeat customers :) One of the great things about our tours is that they're different every day- you never know what to expect! Keep in mind that it only takes one manatee to have a great tour, and “Passive Observation” is the best way to have an unforgettable experience. Our Captains... More 

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