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Dive Center of the Port Hotel and Marina

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1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-795-7234
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Snorkling with manatees.

Drove from Charleston, SC to see the manatees. Got to the shop just before 2pm. Told the guy at the... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Dan C
Charleston, South Carolina
Amazing adveture for a GREAT price!

We went out on the 7am 3 hour "swim with the manatees" tour. It was awesome! There were only a few... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2017
Ruth B
Albany, New York
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Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of Florida's outstanding waterways in Crystal River. This hotel, located on 7 acres, has provided a scenic hideaway for the last 60 years. Tourists come to the waterside location to dive and snorkel in the fresh springs of Crystal River & Kings Bay and experience some of the most exciting manatee tours in the world. Crystal River is one of the few places you can actually swim with the manatees.At the Port Hotel Dive Center you can reserve a manatee tour, sight seeing tour, guided snorkel tour, or scuba dive tour. The dive shop is fully equipped with wet suits, snorkel gear and all scuba equipment as well as coast guard licensed captain and certified dive professionals on staff. A gift shop is also located in the dive shop.Boat rentals in Crystal River are available at the Port Hotel Dive Shop. Pontoon boat rentals are available holding up to 12 people as well as smaller boats. 16 foot Jon boats as well as canoe and kayak rentals are also available here in Crystal River. A private boat ramp with access to Kings Bay is available free to hotel guests and open to the public for a small fee. There is plenty of free boat trailer parking for our guests.
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23 May 2017
“Snorkling with manatees.”
6 Apr 2017
“Amazing adveture for a GREAT price!”
1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-795-7234

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Drove from Charleston, SC to see the manatees. Got to the shop just before 2pm. Told the guy at the counter that the wife and I would like to rent a pontoon to see the manatees. He asked if we had a reservation, which we...More

Thank Dan C
Reviewed 6 April 2017

We went out on the 7am 3 hour "swim with the manatees" tour. It was awesome! There were only a few of us (3x more on the 10am tour!) We found the manatees, anchored and swam. All of us were touched and bumped by these...More

Thank Ruth B
Reviewed 13 December 2015

Stayed at the port hotel for two days, centre right beside the hotel, rented good kayaks and fishing equipment with great, friendly staff and away I went! 20-30 min paddle to three sisters springs... spent the best part of two days on the water

Thank steve p
Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the hotel and wanted to find out what water activities were available. The people at the dive center were very helpful. We rented kayaks and went all over the bay. The gave us a map and told us places to check...More

Thank Leigh22172
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Horrible motor took 3 hours to get out to scallop 25hp motor benches for seats hard plastic no cushions not anchored down the benches slide all over . It was 290 dollars plus fuel like a bad joke. We r not that picky do not...More

Thank suernmom
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Rented a kayak. It was in good shape, and the staff gave me good information about the area. Well supplied and a nice changing area to move from street clothes to water-wear.

Thank ChuckOp
Reviewed 15 March 2015 via mobile

They are crooks, we rented a boat watched the video went out to meet the kid who was supposed to go over the map with us, he never did, no one told us where we couldn't go, then the boat broke down in the middle...More

5  Thank Kryan89
Reviewed 20 November 2014

This place honestly looks pretty sketchy on the outside, but the rooms appeared recently redone with all the nice amenities and modern decor. The price is great and they include a discount for the manatee tour. We also rented a kayak, which was reasonably priced...More

Thank CouponTravelGuy
Reviewed 22 July 2014

I called last week to rent a pontoon boat on Saturday. I called early in the AM 7:55 and the phone was answered "This is Capt. Stu". I asked him about the rentals and he told me it would be $190(ish) and I went ahead...More

5  Thank beccabeccapink
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We rented a pontoon boat here to enjoy some time on the water while in the area. Although we did not see any manatees (probably due to the time of year we visited), we had a very nice time boating around the bay and looking...More

Thank Linda G
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