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Gulf Coast Expeditions

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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About Gulf Coast Expeditions
Gulf Coast Expeditions provides customers with personalized manatee snorkel tours, scallop charters, and sightseeing tours. We keep our group sizes small and take no more than six people out at a time. Our tours meet daily at our marina location which is conveniently located for a quick boat ride to swim with the manatees and the scallop grounds.
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Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide

Swim with manatees in Crystal River on this guided snorkeling tour. Get the chance to be up close with the West Indian Manatees that are attracted to the river's freshwater springs. Learn about their natural habitat and watch them swim and feed. Plus find out how to safely interact with the manatees before heading into the water.
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3 hours
from US$69.00

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour

Enjoy the beauty of Crystal River and the thrill of seeing our majestic wildlife on your own private, 4 hour tour. This longer tour allows our Captain to give you an extended journey around King's Bay where our in water guide will lead you in an encounter with our Florida Manatees. All equipment is included in the price, as well as hot and cold beverages and snacks. As an added bonus, we will include a USB drive with all of the photos and videos from your trip!
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4 hours
from US$450.00
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Melissa P wrote a review Apr. 10
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Captain Ron and Lauren were a pleasure. We needed to reschedule our time at the last minute, and Captain Ron accommodated our schedule so that we wouldn't miss the excursion before returning home to Ohio. Originally, I had tried to avoid the 6:30 AM time due to the early time and chill in the air, but Captain Ron keeps the boat warm with plastic covers, a heater, and heavy parkas. The water temperature is 72 degrees which is quite comfortable even when the air temp is in the 40's. Lauren is very patient and personable. One in our party had never snorkeled and needed a little additional assurance and guidance. Lauren stuck with her in the beginning. I highly recommend Gulf Coast Expeditions, and I hope we can tour with them again in the future!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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InformedDecision wrote a review Apr. 10
Los Gatos, California210 contributions132 helpful votes
An amazing, unforgettable experience. Captain Ron and Captain Lauren are knowledgeable and put in a lot of effort to make sure everyone has a great experience. They keep the group small (we were just 6 on the boat), which makes it nicer for the snorkelers, and for the manatees also. Captain Ron is also very honest about what to expect. He told me that the peak season was over so I would not get to see the large numbers of manatees I had read about but I would get to encounter a few and it would be a worthwhile trip. I really appreciated knowing what to expect before I got there and making a decision about my trip with that information. He also worked with me to find a day and time that would be best for manatee snorkeling and adjusted his schedule without telling me about it! Captain Ron shared very interesting facts and information on manatees and their aggregation at Crystal River/Kings Bay.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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ShellBCola wrote a review Apr. 10
Columbia, South Carolina63 contributions3 helpful votes
Very happy with the tour. I knew we were at the tail end of manatee season, but we were still able to find a few. It was in murky water, with only about 4ft visibility, so we lost sight of them quickly. No fault of the operator. The boat captain knew the area well and other boat operators and worked together with them. Our guide was very patient with us. I would definitely recommend them.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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marci s wrote a review Apr. 10
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Toured with Ron and Lauren. We were a group of 6; 2 of the 6 are on the autism spectrum. They were super patient and encouraging with the kids. They were persistent in their efforts for us to see manatees up close even though it’s after the “season”. Great experience.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Danadanes wrote a review Apr. 10
Charleston, South Carolina10 contributions2 helpful votes
We had a great time this morning. Ron and Lauren found several manatees - Lauren was a great guide in the water and made sure the kids had safe, close encounters with these gentle creatures. Both Ron and Lauren were wonderful with our apprehensive 10 year old and 2!! Teens with autism. We also hit 3 sisters springs - crowded but worth it. Would highly recommend this outing.
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