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“Stacy and Mike make all the difference - The best” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Manatees In Paradise

Manatees In Paradise
Ranked #2 of 46 Tours in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: No Walk-ins Accepted - Small boat tours - We no longer offer tours: June-July-August-September due to the water quality and manatee numbers. Tour Reservation Confirmation Required -We are a private 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. While on tour if you ask, we'll even explain how manatee rescues are performed and what we do in our spare time as manatee volunteers to help PROTECT and PRESERVE, this incredible species for future generations.
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“Stacy and Mike make all the difference - The best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

There are only a handful out there like this outfit that do it because they love it and love the manatees. What made the difference:

Us: Nice new (small) boat and wetsuits. Manatees over there? Let's load up our tiny party and cruise over. Capt. Mike knows the spots, and can see their signs. Capt. Mike is retired and just does this because he loves it. No hurry. You like hanging out here? We're going to hang out. Even though it's warm and only a handful of manatees are left (we went 4/5/12) we're surrounded by Manatees as long as we do what Mike says. If Mike can't find manatees, it's because there aren't any.


Them: Cattle Barge. Splishing and splashing running the manatees off. Pretty much drop everyone off at a single spot as it's a huge affair getting everyone in & out. One crazy guy even ran his boat onto rocks!

Also, don't discount the swim visit to the crystal spring area at the end. Clearest water I've ever seen, fishies everywhere, fiddler crabs on the shore, a nice relaxing way to wrap up the trip.

Mike makes it safe, fun, educational, and most of all memorable. Mike & Stacy run a solid outfit, there's a reason they're #1 here.

Was about $250 for a private tour of 3 ppl. Crazy cheap when you think about the level of service and experience you get with them.

Many thanks guys. I didn't really expect this to be anywhere as fun/memorable as it turned out to be. Mike even took pictures while we were out and sent them to us free.

Note: There's another "Capt. Mike" out there that runs a manatee outfit in the same area who gets really bad reviews on this site. Totally different Capt. Mike. This Mike & Stacy are wonderful to deal with, polite, and knowledgable. Everybody seems to know and like them.

Visited April 2012
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“Wonderful day with Captain Stacy and the manatees”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

We booked this trip based on the positive reviews on the site, and we were not disappointed. I was glad to have a guide who is so passionate about the manatees and their well being. Our daughter who is 9 years old loves manatees and was thrilled to be so close to them, but also to learn from Captain Stacy. We had a great time and would say that this is the way to go. It was only our family on the boat and that allowed us to ask all the questions we wanted.

Visited March 2012
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“Wonderful Time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2012

It was amazing to see the manatees up close and personal. In addition, it was wonderful to hear about the work Capts. Mike and Stacey do to help protect these wonderful animals. Our only disappointment is that there weren't more manatees on the trip, but Capt. Mike did a wonderful job navigating so we could see/swim with the few that haven't left the area. We knew this could be an issue due to the time of year and we look forward to visiting in colder weather! Thank you for sending the wonderful pictures as well!

Visited April 2012
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“One of a Kind Manatee Swim”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited March 2012
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“If you are going to swim with the manatees, you want Capt.Stacy as your guide.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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