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Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide
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Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide

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Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River on a wildlife tour that gets you close to the West Indian Manatees that flock to the Crystal River's many freshwater springs. Learn about the remarkable manatees and the ecosystem they depend on, then slip into the water to see the manatees as they swim and feed. Wetsuits and all snorkeling equipment are included in this Crystal River manatee tour, with warm drinks served on board the boat.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.00
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$79.00

Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer

Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer

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Swimming with the manatees is a once in a lifetime experience so do it right! Dont cram into a small dive shop. Spread out and enjoy plenty of space at Explorida! The Explorida Adventure Center offers a large, top notch facility that is climate controlled with indoor changing rooms for your privacy. Our boats are U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified, which means they are allowed to carry more than 6 passengers, have all necessary safety equipment, and are in tip top shape. Dont get stuck on a clunker! Book with Explorida! We are dedicated to the customer experience and will not disappoint! Let us prove it!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
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Clear Kayak Tour of Crystal River
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Clear Kayak Tour of Crystal River

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Experience the underwater world of Crystal River with a clear kayak on this small-group excursion. Clear kayaks give you the ability to see everything that’s happening beneath you while you paddle through the waters. Join a small group to explore the waterways of Crystal River and search for local wildlife like manatees, dolphins, and turtles.
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  • 2 hours
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Swim with Manatees Adventure

Swim with Manatees Adventure

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Get up close to Florida’s manatees on this small-group snorkeling adventure. With an expert guide leading the way, swim alongside these gentle giants in Kings Bay. All tours include a full wetsuit, mask, snorkel, towel service, heated changing facilities, and hot showers. Photos and video of your excursion are available for purchase.
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  • 3 hours
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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this boat tour. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
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  • 3 hours
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$79.81
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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

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One of the densest populations of West Indian manatees can be found in Crystal River, Florida. Swim alongside the gentle creatures on a trip into the river, with a wetsuit and snorkel mask included. Your guide, who navigates to the best spotting locations, accompanies you into the water in addition to taking souvenir photos available for purchase. To ensure your comfort, dry towels, hot drinks, and showers are provided.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Manatee Tour
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Private Manatee Tour

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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this private, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased later, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
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  • 3 hours
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4 Hour Single Kayak Rental In Crystal River, Florida

4 Hour Single Kayak Rental In Crystal River, Florida

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Explore the winding waterways of Crystal River with a single kayak rental. Your pre-booked rental is available for half a day and gives you the freedom to explore the area as you wish. Spend your time relaxing on the water and searching for local wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, and even otters.
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  • 4 hours
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Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

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The Florida manatee is one of the most gentle underwater creatures and this encounter lets you get a closer look at them. Venture out from Crystal River in a kayak and search for these sea cows with your small group. Learn how to interact with the creatures through passive observation and then, when you’re ready, get in the water for your swim.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$69.00
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$69.00

Kings Bay Scenic Cruise from Crystal River
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Kings Bay Scenic Cruise from Crystal River

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Explore Kings Bay in a relaxing way on a scenic cruise. Sail around the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and look for local wildlife as your captain shares the history of the area. Manatees, dolphins, otters, and turtles are often spotted in the area. The boat is fully covered for protection from sun and rain.
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  • 1 hour
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Guided Eco-Tour - Kayak or Paddleboard - Swim with Manatees
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Guided Eco-Tour - Kayak or Paddleboard - Swim with Manatees

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Make a lasting memory on a guided eco-tour. Our Guides will take you to the World Famous Three Sisters Springs. Meet a manatee and make a new friend!
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  • 3 hours
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Manatee Snorkeling Tours

Manatee Snorkeling Tours

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Swim with manatees on this nature-focused Crystal River tour. Appreciate these majestic animals in their natural habitat, under the watchful eye of an in-the-water guide who strives to ensure safe and respectful interactions between human and manatee at all times. Tours include snorkeling gear at no additional cost, and professional underwater photos are available for purchase after the tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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4 Hour Tandem Kayak Rental For Two People In Crystal River, Florida

4 Hour Tandem Kayak Rental For Two People In Crystal River, Florida

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Discover the waterways of Crystal River by tandem kayak with this pre-booked rental. Grab a partner and explore the area for a few hours with a provided map. Enjoy a relaxing ride through the waterways and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, birds, and even otters.
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  • 4 hours
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Self Drive: Swim with Manatees on the Crystal River
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Self Drive: Swim with Manatees on the Crystal River

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Get up close to Florida’s gentle manatees on this 2-hour tour on Crystal River! Perfect for kids and adults, this educational program offers a presentation on the West Indian manatee and the rare chance to swim with these docile sea creatures. Enjoy some unforgettable moments with your friends, family and some irresistible marine mammals.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.99
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Water Bike Rental in Crystal River

Water Bike Rental in Crystal River

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This is a great way to see the sights and everything going on below you in the water from the BEST perspective. Our water bikes are human-powered and is the best eco-friendly way to get around the area to see everything Crystal River has to offer. You can see manatees swim directly underneath your bike, which is an incredible view to experience. The water bikes easily hold up to 300 pounds and have adjustable seats for all different heights of riders.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.00
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Clear Kayak Tours on Chassahowitzka River

Clear Kayak Tours on Chassahowitzka River

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The Chaz is surrounded by protected land, guaranteeing a truly natural, unspoiled Florida experience. Share the water with manatees, dolphins, alligators, river otters, and countless species of fish, and keep your eyes peeled for any of the unique species of birds above.
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  • 3 hours
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

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Swim with the manatees on a half-day pontoon boat tour of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, a marine refuge designed to protect the threatened Florida manatee. Learn about the fascinating marine mammals on a tour designed for spotting manatees without disturbing them or disrupting their habitat, and explore a scenic Florida ecosystem. This small-group experience is limited to six people for personalized service, and all equipment, entrance fees, water and hot drinks, and snacks are included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.38
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Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour

Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour

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Focus on Florida's flora and fauna during this half-day tour in Crystal River. Sail past a national wildlife refuge, a state nature preserve, and an archaeological park on route to snorkel with native manatees. This boat tour is easy with all transportation provided and gives you a full picture of the natural elements that make this area of the country unique. All instruction and safety information for the swim with the manatees is provided by your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
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Manatee Snorkel Tour from American Pro Diving Center

Manatee Snorkel Tour from American Pro Diving Center

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Save money and rub flippers with Florida's resident sea cows. American Pro Diving Center helps visitors and locals explore the clear, teeming waters of Florida with year-round manatee tour adventures. This tour is for both swimmers and riders. All the equipment is included on this manatee snorkel tour in Crystal River, Florida. Snorkelers don on wet suits, mask, snorkel and fins to see a large population of resident sea cows. Our in-water guides known as the Dive-master keep the experience safe and fun for both manatees and people. Snorkelers swim with these gentle giants for a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t forget to smile as our guide videos the excursion which is available after the tour on flash drive. Rain or shine our boats are covered and on cold days, hot chocolate. Hope to see you soon.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Manatees and Rainbow River by SCUBA or Snorkel
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Manatees and Rainbow River by SCUBA or Snorkel

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Spend a day exploring Florida’s Nature Coast on this tour that combines two adventures in one. First, observe manatees in their natural habitat. After a break for lunch, suit up to snorkel or scuba dive in Rainbow River. Along the way, look for many species of wildlife including otters, birds, turtles, alligator gar, and more.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$169.60
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Snorkel Or Dive The Amazing Rainbow River Florida

Snorkel Or Dive The Amazing Rainbow River Florida

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After the morning manatee tour relax on the afternoon Rainbow River drift where you can snorkel or scuba dive. The Rainbow River, a Florida spring, is unmatched with crystal clear water and over 200 feet of visibility. See many different varieties of fish,turtles and other wildlife up close. Discover fossils coming out of the different springs dotting the bottom. At the end of the drift is a small cavern where Sun fish hangout in abundance. This drift dive or snorkel can be enjoyed by the whole family.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Swim and Snorkel with Manatees in a Guided Crystal River Tour
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Swim and Snorkel with Manatees in a Guided Crystal River Tour

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Mother approved with no age limit. American Pro Diving Center helps visitors and locals explore the clear, teeming waters of Florida with year-round manatee tour adventures. This tour is for both swimmers and riders. All the equipment is included on this manatee snorkel tour in Crystal River, Florida. Snorkelers don on wet suits, mask, snorkel and fins to see a large population of resident sea cows. Our in-water guides known as the Dive-master keep the experience safe and fun for both manatees and people. Snorkelers swim with these gentle giants for a once in a lifetime experience. Don’t forget to smile as our guide videos the excursion which is available after the tour on flash drive. Rain or shine our boats are covered and on cold days, hot chocolate. Hope to see you soon.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Crystal River Inshore Fishing Charter

Crystal River Inshore Fishing Charter

Very few places compare to the immense fishing experience provided by the tributaries of Crystal Bay and Crystal River State Park. Fishing is always a short distant and boat ride to great areas in the Bay. Enjoy fishing one of the most persistent and underused unique ecosystem found in Florida. Fishing is great all year round, and there is such a diversity of nearshore, flats and backcountry fishing for Flounder, Cobia, Redfish, Trout, Snook, Grouper and Snapper depending on the season.  Even on windy days there are plenty of places to fish, in the Bay you can fish one of the many preserves or tributaries of backcountry waterway, making this an experience, not just another fishing trip. Booking with confidence on TripAdvisor, it makes an easy, reliable and enjoyable decision. Reserve Today to get hooked up! 
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Try SCUBA Diving in Crystal River with Pool or Springs option

Try SCUBA Diving in Crystal River with Pool or Springs option

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Get to know the basics of SCUBA on this activity in Crystal River. With the leadership of a PADI-certified instructor, you'll learn about diving theory and practice your underwater breathing before heading to the local pool or Hunter Spring to put your skills to work. This course is aimed at beginner divers trying out SCUBA for the first time; all equipment is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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What people are saying about Crystal River Tours

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Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide
"Awesome experience. Great captains and guides. We got to see a lot of manatees. Captain Ron is hilarious."..."
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Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer
"This was an amazing opportunity! The staff, Maddie, Lucas, and Brody were knowledgeable, safety oriented, funny, and great tour guides. I could not believe how close we got to the manatees or how huge they were! 10/10 recommend to family and friends. Thank you!"..."
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Clear Kayak Tour of Crystal River
"Amazing experience! We learned so much about these amazing creatures! We were two families with kids, even a two year old had a blast!"..."
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Swim with Manatees Adventure
"Floated next to a manatee - it rolled over and let me pet its belly! Great experience all around; would definitely do it again."..."
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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge
"Faith and shelbie were excellent! They made sure we as a group were happy and gave us the option to choose where to spend our time. They were knowledgeable and friendly. We are glad we finally made the trip up to crystal river after living in tampa the last 2 years. It is 100% worth it and we will be back!"..."
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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure
"Excellent Captain and Guide. Friendly, informative. We took the 6 person private tour. If you are not staying at the hotel be sure to bring a change of clothes. Although towels were provided they were pretty small. Manatee’s are awesome!"..."
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Private Manatee Tour
"Absolutely fabulous time spent with the manatees, and Trish and Wade!. Highly recommend requesting them as your tour guide! We were a family of 10, 70 year old to 7 year old. Perfect activity for all!"..."
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Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida
"Our guide Hunter was great and the dock staff and shop staff were helpful! We swam with some manatee which was our goal! Thank you!!"..."
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Kings Bay Scenic Cruise from Crystal River
"Saw live manatees close up ! Dozens of them! Guide was excellent in pointing out how to recognize springs, or manatees coming up for air from different kinds of surface water "disturbances" i.e. bubbles, ripples etc. Saw several bald eagles and learned FASCINATING history of several abandoned waterfront buildings !"..."
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Manatee Snorkeling Tours
"Best lifetime experience ever. Captain Steve and Guide Jake and trainee Brook made the trip so informative. We will be talking about this forever.."..."
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4 Hour Tandem Kayak Rental For Two People In Crystal River, Florida
"We had a great time. Kayak was clean and comfortable and held up our fat butts out of the water. Would go back again."..."
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Self Drive: Swim with Manatees on the Crystal River
"This was something my daughter and girlfriend had always wanted to do. Was a great experience. We saw a lot on manatees. The water was cold but the tour people said the colder the better. The boat driver and guide were fantastic!"..."
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Water Bike Rental in Crystal River
"Paddles Outdoor Rentals and Coastal Shop is a class act! Bikes were fun and Customer Service was amazing. Trip Advisor has not worked with the owners of this company for months. Viator-Trip Advisor took my money and continues to take money from Paddles Outdoor Rentals and Coastal Shop with every reservation they book. . When I showed up there was no reservation! When the owner realized What had happened he did everything in his power to make it right. He moved things around to get us on Sea Bikes. He did this free of charge because he never received money from Viator-Trip Advisor. STOP MAKING RESERVATION FOR THIS COMPANY, STOP STEALING FROM THIS COMPANY. BBB will be notified."..."
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
"The guide and captain were very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. We had the most amazing time!! It was incredible to see as many manatees as we did and it will be something we will never forget!!"..."
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Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour
"It was absolutely wonderful experience. Wendy and John were so nice! They made more than enough to make our trip unforgettable. We love it. We had very good time! Would recommend this trips to others."..."
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Snorkel Or Dive The Amazing Rainbow River Florida
"Tom Markey was an awesome boat captain and guide! Very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife! We had an awesome time!"..."
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Swim and Snorkel with Manatees in a Guided Crystal River Tour
"This was amazing!! The little manatee was so inquisitive and playful!! Austin did an excellent job finding and conducting our viewing experience. Captain Tom, thank you!! You are very knowledgeable and I enjoyed hearing your joke as and stories."..."

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