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Plantation on Crystal River

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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
+1 352-795-5797
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Great experience you must book here!!

Went on the tour 2 times. First with captain Ed and Bob. They were wonderfull!!! Saw loads of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Githa B
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Plantation of Crystal River has put together a great adventure for the whole family; swimming face... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Swim alongside the gentle giants with daily tours going out every morning. $65 per person includes all equipment, 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, towel service, hot chocolate, coffee, hot showers, and heated changing facility with no parking fees! Ask about our private tours as well. Crystal River offers the best location to see and interact with the Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, also known as gentle giants. Unlike other areas of Florida, the Federal Government allows for "passive observation" in the water between manatees and people in Kings Bay. This allows face-to-face interaction with manatees. We provide pre-tour education on passive observation and how to get the best experience during the tour.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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9301 W Fort Island Trl, Crystal River, FL 34429
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went on the tour 2 times. First with captain Ed and Bob. They were wonderfull!!! Saw loads of manatees real close and Ed shot great pictures. The second time was even better. This time we had captain John en he really took his time. Again...More

Thank Githa B
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for the kind words. It is great to hear you went out with us twice. We stive to make every tour special. Thanks Again

Reviewed 3 days ago

Plantation of Crystal River has put together a great adventure for the whole family; swimming face to face with manatees. Their facility is clean and well stocked. Their boats roomy and comfortable. Their staff are knowledgeable and friendly. All together they deliver an amazing experience...More

Thank Jonathan B
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking time out of your day to write us a review. We appreciate the positive review. Thanks Again

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This trip was more than you could ever imagine.Are captain was steve browning and the boat drivers name was menphis.I am ten years old and I was kind of scared at first but steve was so nice about it and patient with me and when...More

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so glad you had a great trip. Memphis and Steve will be so happy to read your review. I will make sure they see it. Thanks again and have a Merry Christmas!! Thank...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff at Plantation Inn Adventure Center went above and beyond to provide excellent customer service. The overall experience was phenomenal, we swam and interacted with several manatees. The guides took extra time with my 11 year old son to ensure he was comfortable and...More

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate the positive feedback. We striver to be a family friendly tour operator, and we know the children are the next in line to help protect our manatees. Thank you

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time. We had Captains John and Dustin on the tour with a group of Wounded Warriors. They took such good care of us and were so patient with the entire group of 16. Everyone had such a great time and truly...More

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Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to submit a review on Trip Advisor. It is always a pleasure to help show our Verterans a special experience. We look forward to your next visit with us. Thanks Again!!

Reviewed 1 week ago

So professional, knowledgeable and we received a great experience. Was NOT disappointed . Not many manatees out today but we had some one on one with a few of them. Three sisters spring was beautiful, swimming with a variety of fish, springs are beautiful. The...More

Thank Wanda K
Paul C, Manager at Plantation on Crystal River, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. We know it can be difficult when the manatee count is low. The warmer weather can make things difficult on our Captains. It is great to hear they still make a diffference in the warmer...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were on the tour at 7.00 am. Captain Dustin and Memphis made a great job and they were so friendly. The tour is a perfect experience to see manatees really close. Thanks again to Dustin and Memphis we won‘t forget this perfect day!

Thank nixon6887
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I had an amazing time snorkeling with manatees. Captains Ed and Bob were friendly and extremely helpful guides!

Thank Emily M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were lucky to get two last minute seats on the tour and really enjoyed ourselves. The tour started out slow, but as the guides (and the group) warmed up and we started diving, it took off. Overall, a memorable and recommended experience. Thanks captain...More

Thank Marc G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Captain John and Captain Thaisy were incredible hosts. They were both very kind, charming, and extremely knowledgeable. I had never snorkeled before, and when I first entered the water, I panicked a bit. Captain John swam over to me, offered me a few tips and...More

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Response from Sunshine31LG | Reviewed this property |
They do provide wetsuits and snorkel gear as part of the price. Better wetsuits/thicker than other places. My granddaughter had to go thru a couple wet suits to find the right fit. Give yourselves extra time for that! If you... More
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