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Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours

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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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+1 352-777-1796
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05:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 22:00
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We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and...

We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. We also rent pontoon boats and kayaks. We are located on the main spring on the water with plenty of free parking and the best view of Kings Bay.

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The MOST TIME in the WATER! Love for the manatees!

We went on 2 manatee tours and loved Captain Mikes! The boats are nice and BIG and have changing areas as well as a toilet and are covered which is so important when it is 50... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went on 2 manatee tours and loved Captain Mikes! The boats are nice and BIG and have changing areas as well as a toilet and are covered which is so important when it is 50 degrees out! We just walked straight from the store to the boat so that was easy instead of going into a shuttle. We didn't... More 

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Plantation, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another fantastic swim. Every year for my birthday we swim with the manatees. This was another fun morning even though we had to scrape ice off of our car window. When we arrived to Captain Mikes we were warmly welcomed by Justin. He fitted us with wet suites and snorkel with a mask. We watched the safety video then Capain... More 

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Yulee, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We had Captain Yeve (he is from France) for our 5 hour private tour with Captain Mikes. Yave was supper personable, very patient and kind! He took his time. He is very knowledgeable about manatees, been in the area for 30 years, has worked on manatee research. We heard other Captains yelling at the swimmers! It was late August, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Went to Florida for a family and decided to take a day away from Disney and went swimming with the manatees. As I was only a young child seeing these massive animals swimming beneath me was quite terrifying. The staff, along with my dad, were very calming and supportive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Florida, Something that had been on our bucket list for a long time and we were not disappointed by the experience (even if we went at the wrong time of year!) Capt Steve found the Manatees gave expert advice encouragement and knowledge keeping us where we needed to be and making sure... More 

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Higham Ferrers, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Travelled over 2 and a half hours to arrive in a mighty thunderstorm. Thought the trip was going to be cancelled. But Captain Scott took us all out. There were gaps where we could snorkel with the couple of Mantaee's that we found, but the water was very murky and the manatee's were difficult to see. All in all an... More 

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Brentwood, TN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent time. We saw and swam with many manatees. My kids loved the manatees so much they adopted a manatee for me for Christmas, and donated money they raised selling lemonade to help save the manatees. Highly recommended.

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Cape San Blas, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

We are a couple in our 60's and enjoyed the sunset cruise and dancing offered on the Manatee Queen. Dinner took place at the Margarita Breeze with a specific meal choice. The boat went out with a small group and toured around the rivers. We saw a beautiful sunset, had 3 wine or beer tickets each. The captain and captain's... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

it was an experience I will never ever forget Capt Bill was such a great host... still laughing at his exasperation at us getting left and right mixed up. he said it was the best day in over 3 weeks so we had some good encounters with mummas and their pups! only 6 on board and a very long day... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Stayed at the Port Hotel (not too many good things to say about the hotel except that it was on the water and just a few feet from the restaurant, bar and Cap Mikes. Margaretta Breeze: Fabulous food with generous portions, excellent prices and a waitstaff that was courteous, friendly and professional. The entertainment was good too. Captain MIke's: We... More 

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