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Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours

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Address: Crystal River, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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+1 352-777-1796
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06:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and...

We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. We also rent pontoon boats and kayaks. We are located on the main spring on the water with plenty of free parking and the best view of Kings Bay.

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Very nice BUT disappointing--do NOT believe the ads for this area!!!

We had fallen for the advertising put out by the state of Florida and the businesses of the Kings Bay/Crystal River area that showed herds of Manatee and we saw nothing close. We... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
rla1947
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Brookeville, Maryland

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Brookeville, Maryland
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had fallen for the advertising put out by the state of Florida and the businesses of the Kings Bay/Crystal River area that showed herds of Manatee and we saw nothing close. We did see a few Manatee but in the River area the visibility was really poor and when we got to three sister spring the visibility was perfect... More 

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Captain Bill is a great guy, and goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible experience. Unfortunately, the weather and manatees do not have the same attitude; water clarity is a funny thing it has so many variables, one day it can be extremely perfect the next not so much. The best time to... More 

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Capt. Mike's Manatee Tours (Sunshine River Tours) at the Port Marina next to the Port Hotel are absolutely the best. Be sure to ask for Captain Yves (yes, he's French). A marine biologist with a background in manatee research, Yves has extraordinary knowledge of scientific and behavioral aspects of the manatee life. As well, he has lived in the Crystal... More 

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing Captain Mike's. Your review is extraordinary and very appreciated, we absolutely love Yves. He is truly remarkable at what he does, and trust what you described is exactly how he is every day. Again, thank you and please come again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful day in the water. Captain Tom was amazingly knowledgeable and entertaining. And don't worry if you're not a swimmer, the wetsuit and noodle will keep you up, and all you have to do is doggy paddle.

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your business. Captain Tom is a great guy and awesome captain, we are proud to call him ours. Swimming with the manatees is a must-do, no matter your swimming skills. Please come see us again! More 

Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We went on 2 manatee tours and loved Captain Mikes! The boats are nice and BIG and have changing areas as well as a toilet and are covered which is so important when it is 50 degrees out! We just walked straight from the store to the boat so that was easy instead of going into a shuttle. We didn't... More 

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

Hello, thank you for your excellent review. We try our best to give our customers the premium experience, doing this requires great staff members. Tom and Jessica certainly meet that requirement. Please come back and see us again! More 

Plantation, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Another fantastic swim. Every year for my birthday we swim with the manatees. This was another fun morning even though we had to scrape ice off of our car window. When we arrived to Captain Mikes we were warmly welcomed by Justin. He fitted us with wet suites and snorkel with a mask. We watched the safety video then Capain... More 

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review, every once and a while the manatees will give you a little more loving that you bargained for. We love it when that happens, it really makes the experience unforgettable. Again thank you for choosing Captain Mike's! -Justin More 

Yulee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We had Captain Yeve (he is from France) for our 5 hour private tour with Captain Mikes. Yave was supper personable, very patient and kind! He took his time. He is very knowledgeable about manatees, been in the area for 30 years, has worked on manatee research. We heard other Captains yelling at the swimmers! It was late August, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Went to Florida for a family and decided to take a day away from Disney and went swimming with the manatees. As I was only a young child seeing these massive animals swimming beneath me was quite terrifying. The staff, along with my dad, were very calming and supportive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Florida, Something that had been on our bucket list for a long time and we were not disappointed by the experience (even if we went at the wrong time of year!) Capt Steve found the Manatees gave expert advice encouragement and knowledge keeping us where we needed to be and making sure... More 

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Higham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Travelled over 2 and a half hours to arrive in a mighty thunderstorm. Thought the trip was going to be cancelled. But Captain Scott took us all out. There were gaps where we could snorkel with the couple of Mantaee's that we found, but the water was very murky and the manatee's were difficult to see. All in all an... More 

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Brentwood, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent time. We saw and swam with many manatees. My kids loved the manatees so much they adopted a manatee for me for Christmas, and donated money they raised selling lemonade to help save the manatees. Highly recommended.

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