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Crystal River Watersports

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Address: 2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
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+1 352-795-7033
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a...

Your PADI 5-Star home for Eco Tours on Florida's Nature Coast. We offer a wide range of activities that can be combined for a full day or even a weekend of fun. Your adventure begins at our marina shop right off Highway 19 at the North end of Crystal River.

Our Motto: Observing and preserving nature above, in, and under water

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Really fun and interesting, something different and unique!!!

I booked two days with crystal river water sports in advance as I traveled from Scotland to Florida and wanting to do some scuba diving. Once booked everything was explained what... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
scottcruickshank88
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Scotland, United Kingdom

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked two days with crystal river water sports in advance as I traveled from Scotland to Florida and wanting to do some scuba diving. Once booked everything was explained what time to be there etc.i booked the manatee snorkelling trip then scuba diving rainbow river the first day then scuba diving blue got to and Devils den the second... More 

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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Scott, thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your snorkeling and diving experiences with Crystal River Watersports. Our staff really enjoyed sharing both the manatee tour and diving with you. We truly appreciate you taking the time to write a review, and hope that if you visit Florida again that you come... More 

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

A very friendly operation, the manatee snorkeling tour is a memory you'll never forget. We had Captain Jim and his mate Dakota, and they were warm, engaging and really dedicated to making it both safe and exhilarating. They really went the extra mile to make sure we had the interactions we were hoping for, and seemed to really care about... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for choosing us and for the wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the tour, and that our crew helped build happy memories. Dakota and Jim both love their jobs and it shows. We will be sure to pass along the review and I know they will appreciate it. Thank you again for choosing Crystal... More 

Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was fun to swim with the manatees, and the rainbow river was glorious. The were a lot of rules that you had to follow when swimming with the manatees. You couldn't swim directly over them, you couldn't stir the dirt/sand/silt at the bottom (which is hard in flippers), and you can't swim up to the manatees. The problem is,... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Carolyne, thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so happy that you enjoyed the drift dive down Rainbow River- it is such a beautiful and peaceful area. Unfortunately we cannot control the water clarity in Kings Bay and I know it can be frustrating if the manatees choose to rest in some of the murkier water rather... More 

Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time first snorkeling with the manatees and then (after a lunch break) diving the Rainbow River.

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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Carl, thank you so much for the kind review. We really enjoyed taking you and your family out on the manatee tour, and then the Rainbow River dive. The combination of the two gives you a chance to see two really amazing, and unique parts of Florida. We really appreciate you choosing Crystal River Watersports, and taking the time to... More 

Mobile, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

While other tour boats were crowded with many snorklers, we had four on our boat. Amazing up close look at these amazing animals!

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. We are so happy that you had a good time with the manatees. They are absolutely incredible and when swimmers float quietly as you and your boat did- they become curious and swim up to check you out! We appreciate the fact that you noticed that we strive... More 

Highland, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nobody wants tor read a mile-long review, but I could sure write one about these guys. From start to finish , this was an excellent experience. Did I get to interact with the manatee? Absolutely. But that's not what makes the guys special. There are over 25 tours operating the "viewing areas", and while I have not been on the... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely review! At Crystal River Watersports we try hard to give our guests a wonderful experience while snorkeling with manatees or viewing them from our boats- while also making sure that we protect the manatees. Our captains and guides all love the manatees and many of them volunteer their free time to help rescue injured or... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

Swimming with manatees was incredible. They're such gentle, wondrous creatures. I had expected the trip to include an experienced, knowledgeable guide, however, and that was sadly not the case. We got a few facts here and there, but otherwise our guide talked (without stop) for 3 hours and gave most of us on the boat a pretty bad headache. If... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Hi Alass0, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience swimming with the manatees, but regret that not all of your trip was as pleasant. We sent you a message asking for some clarification about the rest of your trip, but have not received a response. Our staff does extensive... More 

Canton, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Captain Leon and our guide Alyson were amazing! They are very educated about the area and the amazing animals. They made sure we went to a great spring to be able to see manatees. Alyson is such a great guide. We were able to float next to, around, on top of more than 15-20 manatees. We had a calf that... More 

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your experience with the manatees and with Crystal River Watersports. Leon and Alyssa really enjoyed sharing the experience with you and your family. Your visit was at the perfect time when it was cold enough that we had lots of manatees in the spring areas. We appreciate that all of you did such... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Captain Vince and Buzz were great! My mother in law did not swim but Vince kept her entertained while she watched from the boat.

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SANDRA E, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Hi Chris, thank you so very much for the kind review. We are thrilled that you and your family enjoyed the trip, and that you had a good time with Vince, Buzz and the manatees. Our staff really loves what they do, and enjoy sharing their passion for manatees the birds and other critters in the area with our guests.... More 

Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I went diving at the end of January. It happened to be a rather cold day during the week, so I ended up being the only passenger which helped with the fact that I got answers to all of my questions and a lot of cool extra stories. There were lots of manatees but also quite bad visibility because of... More 

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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind review. Visiting Crystal River when it is really cold is the best time to see lots of manatees. The only downside, is that when we get hundreds of manatees in one spot, their movements can really stir up the water and make it harder to see them. We are sorry that this decreased... More 

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