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“Simply wonderful”

Manatees In Paradise
Ranked #2 of 50 Tours in Crystal River
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: No Walk-ins Accepted - Small boat tours - We no longer offer tours: May-October due to the water quality and manatee numbers. Tour Reservation Confirmation Required by email only -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. LOOK- DON'T TOUCH the wild manatees, touching/rubbing/petting manatees reduces their chance for survival as you habituate them towards boats and people. Keep wildlife wild.
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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“Simply wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2012

We booked with Captain Stacy before leaving Scotland and based on Trip Advisor reviews. We wanted to do something special for my wife's birthday on April 24. Well, from the first e mail contacts with Stacy it was a very special experience indeed. I can only concur wholeheartedly with all the other reviewers in everything they say. Stacy is knowledgable, informative, patient and really fun. Like many, we chose her because the impression we had was her tour might just be different from the mass tour companies. It was! I am sure they must be fine, but we found our experience to be private, relaxed and at all times the manatees came first. Stacy delivers exactly what the website says.
As to our specific tour, we were hardly out from the jetty when we encountered dolphins hunting fish. It was simply spectacular as they swam back and forth, coming out of the water, circling and making the fish leap (I think Stacy was as excited and delighted as we were) all within feet of us.
Then quickly Stacy found us manatees and into the water we went. I just can't adequately describe how magical it was. The gentle creatures investigated us from tip to toe and I even had one put her face against mine and blow gently while I was hanging on to the boat clearing my snorkel; as if to say, "are you ok?" Of course this is a wild creature but its a lovely thought and it was magical.
We all had long interactions with manatees and Stacy never rushed us, and made sure it was the manatees who decided when and for how long to interact with us.
Then we went to Three Sisters Spring, which we had to ourselves. Crystal clear water, encircled with trees, silent and peaceful....again magic.
I was cautious of the fact that every single review, without exception, waxed lyrical about Stacy and the tour. I need not have worried. Everything people have said we found to be true and more.
And yes, we too received many wonderful pictures from Stacy.
Take this tour, you will not be disappointed.
Thanks Stacy.

Visited April 2012
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“Great and magic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2012 via mobile

Our first adventure with manatees was a very great experience.
We spent a lot of time on Stacy's boat. We were only 4 on her boat.
Stacy gave us all the equipement without any charge (fins, west suit, snorkel...)
We have seen a lot of manatees at different places, Stacy learned us how to approach them and let manatees touch us.
Manatees are Stacy's passion. She always tried to give us the best experience and the best advises.
Going to another tour would just be the worst choice !
Stacy sent us by email a link to the nearly 250 photos she took when we were in water with manatees.
Many thanks again to Stacy.

Douglas & Marie from France.

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Pittsburgh
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“A wonderfully educational experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

We viewed several reviews of manatee tours on TripAdvisor. We chose Capt Stacy because her values really seem to match with ours: a private tour, no frills needed, and most importantly: educational. We wanted to not only see and ideally swim with the manatees, but also learn more about them. We had a wonderful time, interacted with several manatees, and Capt. Stacy even took several pictures that she emailed to us. Possibly the most important result: we left Crystal River with a greater knowledge of and respect for these amazing sea creatures, thanks to Capt. Stacy's expertise and passion. If you're looking for a tour guide that emphasizes environmental awareness and educational interaction with wildlife, look no further than Manatees in Paradise!

Visited April 2012
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“Amazing Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012

I and my new husband went on one of Capt. Stacy's tours recently and, even though it was chilly and windy, had the time of our lives swimming with manatees. Capt. Stacy was very helpful and full of knowledge and help us to have many successful swims with a few different manatees. She worked very hard to provide us with many memorable moments (even though we went during the time when not too many manatees were around) and never once did she look at the time or seem disinterested in what was going on (I can not say the same thing about some of the other tour operators that I saw however.)I highly suggest to anyone who would like to swim with the manatees, to go on a tour with Manatees in Paradise so that both you and the manatees will have an enjoyable time together.

Visited April 2012
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“2nd time out with Stacey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2012 via mobile

This was our second time out with Capt Stacey and it was again a very enjoyable and informative trip.

Stacey has a great knowledge of the area and the wildlife and is very entertaining and informative.

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