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“One of a Kind Manatee Swim”

Manatees In Paradise
Ranked #3 of 53 Tours in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: FREE U/W VIDEO of your adventure -No Walk-ins Accepted, small boat tours. We no longer offer tours from May-October due to overcrowding of larger tour companies and low manatee numbers. Reservations and confirmations by email only. We are a tiny, educational and fun tour company owned and operated ONLY by the owners/captains. We give each tour the "personal and educational" attention you want and allow the manatees to feel comfortable while we explore their world. We are proud to be a "NO TOUCH the wild manatees" tour company. Anyone encouraging touching/rubbing/petting manatees even after they initiate an interaction, is not promoting good stewardship towards wild manatees. Befriending wild manatees reduces their chance for survival as you habituate them towards boats and people. Keep wildlife wild.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 8 April 2012

I can not say enough good things about Captain Stacey and her Manatee swimming experience. From Captain Stacy's knowledge about the Manatee's and their enviroment..to the individual attention she gives each participant...to the little extras such as taking us to the fresh water spring for a swim..to the beautiful pictures that she emails you just 2 days after your trip ( and for FREE). If you have only one thing to do....or a dozen this has to be at the top of your list. You will enjoy every minute of the trip. It is so obvious that this is not just a business to her but a real passion in her life.
Will be doing this again on our next trip to Florida. Once is just not enough!

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Reviewed 7 April 2012

My family went to swim with the manatees yesterday and Capt.Stacy and her husband made sure we had a worthwhile experience. It was obvious if you had to go out when the manatees were not as abundant that you want someone as enthusiastic and knowledgeable as stacy helping you out. I would have been very disappointed to have been on one of the many other tours with other guides who seemed to care less whether or not you saw a manatee. I also loved that it was a small group so we each got be sure to have an encounter with the manatees. The only way it would have been better is if we had been here in the winter when the water is clearer and the manatees more abundant. We plan to come back in the winter and will definitely go with Capt. Stacy!

Thank kiramadi
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

I was hesitant to do this trip because I was concerned about the impact on the manatees. Capt. Stacy is so careful and dedicated to these peaceful creatures that we felt completely comfortable. The experience was very special. We swam with one in cloudy water, which was amazing as she appeared and disappeared before our eyes. We went to a gorgeous clear spring and watched a sleeping manatee "sleep walking" up to get air and plop back down on it's nose and tail. Then we spent time in a canal with a mother and her son where there was no one else.

We saw lots (too many) other boats overloaded with people, but we only had four of us. I'm so glad we were on this relatively private tour.

Thank VermontMaria
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

This is my second time snorkeling with manatees in the capable hands of Captain Stacy. My boyfriend and I made the drive to Crystal River last week and left completely relaxed and in awe of these amazing creatures. It was a beautiful day out on the water, and we were able to see several different types of Florida wildlife during our boat ride. I can't describe how incredible it was to witness a baby manatee calf nursing (from a safe distance of course!). We are very grateful to Stacy for the unforgettable experience and her exceptional dedication to the well being and protection of these wonderful animals.

Thank CarrieMalt
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Four of us spent a fantastic morning with Captain Stacy. She was extremely knowledgable about not only the manatees but also lots of the other wildlife. It was a truely wonderful experience for us all to see and interact with these magnificent gentle creatures in their own surroundings. Stacy always puts the manatees first unlike some of the larger boat trips we witnessed. Why pay more for a tour with 10 or 15 people when you can take your own private tour for less? Cant praise her highly enough, she put us all at ease and helped the children and us to even stroke the manatees. It seemed like they trusted and respected her too. Thanks for the highlight of our visit to Florida!!!!!!
PS the photos she took and e mailed to us for FREE were awesome.

Thank Julie T
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