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Gulf Coast Expeditions

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“captain ron”(104 reviews)
“scallops”(20 reviews)
“hot chocolate”(17 reviews)
Gulf Coast Expeditions provides customers with personalized manatee snorkel tours, scallop charters, and sightseeing tours. We keep our group sizes small and take no more than six people out at a time. Our tours meet daily at our marina location...more
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2880 N Seabreeze Pt, Crystal River, FL 34429-9286
+1 352-220-6038
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow!!! Captain Ron and Lauren were amazing!! They took my husband and I as their only passengers that morning to swim with the manatees and snorkel in Three Sisters Springs. It was incredible as we got to swim close to a baby manatee and the...More

Thank dentalchick1999
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We recently went on the manatee snorkeling tour with Captain Ron and Lauren on August 31st and it was AWESOME! It is off season but we saw at least 6 manatees and we had quality swim time with 2 manatees up close. The boat was...More

Thank madlane2
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

I highly recommend this experience! The springs are beautiful enough to see on their own, but when you see the gentle giant manatees, it brings it to a new level. Well worth the drive from Madeira Beach. We were worried we wouldn’t find the wild...More

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CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you all very much for your kind words! We love our small groups, it gives us a chance to get to know you and give a much more personal experience with our wonderful creatures. hearing back from our guests and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

Amazing!!!! Captain Ron and Lauren both took such great care of us! Even at a time with fewer manatees in the bay we still spent a long time with a nice male and also saw a female and calf. There was hot chocolate and coffee...More

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CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you very much for the review! You guys showing up for the early trip made quite a difference that day. It was certainly nice to be one of the first out there. Can't wait to see you guys again during the season!

Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

We had a great trip with Captain Ron and his crew. He showed us round this beautiful area and shared his vast knowledge with us. They gave us fantastic photo opportunities. It was a very enjoyable 3 hours.

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CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Very happy you folks enjoyed your trip! We are very proud of our beautiful bay and love to show it off. We certainly hope to see you all again!

Reviewed 16 August 2018

We knew going into this in August that it isn't really manatee season. We did the earliest tour to have the most likelihood of seeing any. Fortunately, we were among one of the first companies in the water and right away found a mama and...More

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CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed the trip! Lauren had a fabulous time with the boys and even though you had to get up early, being one of the first groups out certainly has it's perks. We'd love to see you guys again and give us...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We did swim with a manatee and also swam in the very beautiful 3 sister springs. We would recommend you to take Gulf Coast for several reasons: 1. They only take 6 people max unlike many other operators. You won’t see much when you are...More

Thank Rients A
CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thanks, Reints, for the kind words! You guys were lots of fun and we hope you can make it back sometime to see our manatees!

Reviewed 6 August 2018

Went with four grandchild aged 10 to 6 and two other adults. Almost instantly we found a mother and calf grazing, totally oblivious to the excitement they were creating. The water was a little cloudy due to the heavy rain they had experienced in the...More

Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

The manatee tour is not to be missed. We went in non-peak season and were able to interact with a playful baby manatee. Captain Ron and Lauren made this experience one to remember. I would return in a heartbeat. Even a 4:30am wake up, Plus...More

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Reviewed 21 July 2018

I originally scheduled a manatee trip w Capt Ron and a few days later realized it was also going to be scallop season. Ron put together a trip to do both for my family of 4 for a very good price. We met Ron &...More

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Jaclyn A
5 March 2018|
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Response from Alisa M |
This is fine for non swimmers. You mainly dog paddle around and float with your snorkel on and a noodle under your arms for bouncy. most time is spent with face just under the water so you can watch the manatees. My aunt... More
Jaclyn A
2 March 2018|
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Response from Navigator37010 | Reviewed this property |
There is no bathroom on the boat