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Manatees and Rainbows

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Crystal River
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    Crystal River Watersports
    Stop: 30 minutes -
    You begin at the CRWS Marina and Dive Shop. We're the pink/yellow building located directly behind the Days Inn.
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You'll return to the starting point
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Crystal River, Crystal River, Florida
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Bottled water
    • Driver/guide
    • Tour escort/host
    • Use of Snorkelling equipment
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Snorkel gear provided.
    • Air/Weights included if scuba diving (dive certification card required)
    • Bring towels and appropriate clothing to warm up after swimming activities.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Had three great excursions with CRT! Manatee tour in the afternoon with Capt. Hailey and guide Dakota. Capt was extremely knowledgeable about local flora and fauna and got us straight to the manatees. Dakota was great getting us into the water and helping us stay right with
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    Response from mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Manatees and Rainbows
    Responded Dec. 10, 2019
    I have goosebumps from reading your review! Thank you so much. I personally think we have the best staff in Crystal River, but I may be a bit biased. All of our team takes multiple training classes per year, and volunteer for manatee health assessments and rescues because we honestly love the manatees, and we enjoy sharing the knowledge that we share with our guests. Our shop also does safety training, and requires CPR/First Aid training- just so we are always prepared. I will make sure all of our staff sees your comments as I know they will greatly appreciate the kind words. Thank you for choosing us for your excursions, and for the review- we truly appreciate it. Sandi
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    I contacted Watersports well in advance of my vacation. They stayed engaged until I drove out of the driveway. Great Customer Service. Professional and friendly. I recommend calling to getting information on Manatee population. They do move around depending on weather and water
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    Response from mum2divers, Public Relations Manager at Manatees and Rainbows
    Responded Mar. 1, 2019
    Thank you for the fantastic review, we really appreciate it. Many of our diving guests love this combination of manatee snorkel and Rainbow River drift dive- as it allows them to see two different, unique and beautiful areas of Florida. The manatee's behavior is very temperature driven, and we are always happy to give an honest assessment of what to expect on your tour. Even on warm/hot days our experienced captains and guides can normally find several manatees to see and snorkel with- but as you pointed out- it varies by the day, temperature and whim of the manatees. If it is cold, we will see lots of manatees in the springs, but we do have a resident population of roughly 50 manatees that we see year round. I will pass along your kind words to both Robert and Don, I know they will appreciate it very much. Thank you for choosing Crystal River Watersports for your tours, and we hope to see you again soon.
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    Would definitely recommend this company for your manatee experience. They helped me through even when I didn't feel up to par and a bit uncomfortable. Will use them again next year when I bring my husband.
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    Response from SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Manatees and Rainbows
    Responded May 16, 2018
    Cherie, thank you so much for the glowing review. We are so happy that you had a great time, and know that on your next trip you will have even more fun. Snorkeling with the manatees can become a bit addictive- they are so engaging and adorable. Our staff appreciates your feedback, and enjoyed spending time with you. Thank you again!
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    Excellent staff and wonderful trip snorkeling Rainbow River and following day swimming with the manatees in Crystal River. Will def be back!
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    Response from SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Manatees and Rainbows
    Responded Apr. 5, 2018
    Thank you so much for the review and for choosing us at Crystal River Watersports for you manatee tour and for the snorkeling trip to Rainbow River. Your group was so much fun, and they really did a great job in following the rules of passive observation with the manatees. Your troop were a pleasure to host and we hope to see you again soon. Thanks for visiting us!
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    By: Crystal River Watersports
    429 reviews
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    Awesome tour!
    We did the tour just today this morning, it was an absolutely amazing experience. Don was our guide and Larry was
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    Best Part of our Florida Trip!
    We did the manatee swim Tour (afternoon Tour) with Adrian and Captain Jim. It was such a wonderful experience!
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    Truly incredible Manatee experience
    We visited Crystal River today with my boyfriend, his sister and mum, and our family friend. So pleased we booked
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    Jas S
    Gentle river giants!
    I went on the deluxe manatee swim tour with my mother (almost 60) and 3 friends (we are all in all in our 20s). We
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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Amazing Experience!
    Although I'm not entirely sure what tour we booked, we had an incredible experience. Our family of 5 were on a
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    Respectful of Wildlife
    The deluxe manatee tour was well worth getting up early! Not only are there fewer people early morning, but the
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    VIP Manatee Tour — worth every penny!
    There isn’t a better deal out there. Experience captain and guide. Made sure to keep us warm on a cool day with
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    The most amazing experience
    We had the most fantastic time with Crystal River Water Sports swimming with manatees. Our skipper Kristie and
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    Fantastic experience!
    Thanks to our guides, Wendy and Vince (and the manatees, of course), this was such an amazing experience. They
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    roanoke virginia
    Excellent experience
    We toured with Don and Captain Larry on Jan. 2, 2020. They were both very knowledgable and focused on
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    Great experience
    We had a wonderful time with Dan and Captain Larry! They were professional, friendly and showed a wholehearted
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    Swim with the Manatees
    Our family of 10 (including 12, 4 & 3 year old grandkids) had a wonderful time on the boat and swimming with the
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    A great adventure we'll not forget
    We couldn't wait to swim with manatees and they didn't disappoint! Jim and Adrienne were our captain and guide,
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    Manatee swim tour
    one If the busiest and warmest days of season so not many manatees but what we did see was worth it. Captain
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    Manatee swim check off the bucket list.
    Went on the road for our holiday trip this year. Stayed in Apalachicola (Gibson Inn) then to Crystal River to
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