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Crystal Lodge Dive Center

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Address: 525 NW 7th Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428-3805
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Manatee Experience

We really enjoyed our pontoon boat rental. Great advice from the owner and reasonable prices. He told us about a place to see a playful Manatee and it was right on point. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Tallahas
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our pontoon boat rental. Great advice from the owner and reasonable prices. He told us about a place to see a playful Manatee and it was right on point. The Manatee came up and nibbled on our anchor rope just like he said it would. So incredibly cool.

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Christiansted, St. Croix
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a little hesitant because I had read a couple of not great reviews of this dive center. The price was less expensive than competitors so my husband and I decided to try it. We were not disappointed. We went to two sites. The first site did not yield any sightings and the visibility was not good. The second... More 

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Stoney Creek, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We arrived at 1;00 for a boat tour of the river to see manatees and even though there were only two of us (some others had cancelled) we set off right on time. We did not want to snorkel and so arranged for a boat tour only. My wife has balance problems and the guys at the shop were really... More 

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Saratoga Springs
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87 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

We rented a pontoon boat for the day to go out and snorkel with the manatees. If you are comfortable driving a boat, this is a great option and is much cheaper than hiring a guide. I've done it both ways but now I've rented from Crystal Lodge Dive Center, this is going to be the only way I go.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

We booked a tour at 8:00 am and showed up a few minutes early. They took us out even though there were only 2 of us signed up. Our captain, randy, was knowledgeable about both the area and the manatees. We are not morning people but Randy was informative, interesting, and engaging. Our guide, Austin, was also great to have... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Perhaps it's to be expected, as this is the cheapest shop that will take you out to see manatees for $45, but we arrived 15 minutes before 8am, so we could be ready to see manatees and haul off by 8am. We didn't leave until 9:15am. The 45 minutes with the manatees was great, even though there were only 4... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Nice dive shop. Helpful, knowledgeable staff plenty of boats. Every conscientious about Manatee well being. Not the best of weather when we went, but will be back. Great experience for all.

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Panama City, Panama
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

We were very pleased with our experience here. A quick video, all our gear given to us to use and a pontoon boat! Super cheap, only$25 an hour for a family!!! We were there one of the busiest weeks of the year so not the best viewing but had a fantastic day!

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We booked a scuba intro for our 2 kids, 12 and 14. Staff was friendly and helpful. Rudi the dive instructor was fantastic with our kids. Both kids now wants to get certified, thanks to Rudis good way of teaching. Rudi gave us a snorkle tour when a manatee showed up during the intro. On our way back we stopped... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

We rented a jon boat to explore King's Bay with the hope of seeing manatees. After watching a short video explaining boating regulations around manatees we were given a map and directions to the most likely places to spot manatees. It was a beautiful boat ride and well worth the $17/hour price. We only saw one manatee during the ride... More 

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