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Dive Center of the Port Hotel and Marina

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Address: 1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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+1 352-795-7234

Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of...

Port Hotel & Marina is a bustling waterside destation on one of Florida's outstanding waterways in Crystal River. This hotel, located on 7 acres, has provided a scenic hideaway for the last 60 years. Tourists come to the waterside location to dive and snorkel in the fresh springs of Crystal River & Kings Bay and experience some of the most exciting manatee tours in the world. Crystal River is one of the few places you can actually swim with the manatees.At the Port Hotel Dive Center you can reserve a manatee tour, sight seeing tour, guided snorkel tour, or scuba dive tour. The dive shop is fully equipped with wet suits, snorkel gear and all scuba equipment as well as coast guard licensed captain and certified dive professionals on staff. A gift shop is also located in the dive shop.Boat rentals in Crystal River are available at the Port Hotel Dive Shop. Pontoon boat rentals are available holding up to 12 people as well as smaller boats. 16 foot Jon boats as well as canoe and kayak rentals are also available here in Crystal River. A private boat ramp with access to Kings Bay is available free to hotel guests and open to the public for a small fee. There is plenty of free boat trailer parking for our guests.

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We went out on the 7am 3 hour "swim with the manatees" tour. It was awesome! There were only a few of us (3x more on the 10am tour!) We found the manatees, anchored and swam. All... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ruth B
Albany, New York

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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went out on the 7am 3 hour "swim with the manatees" tour. It was awesome! There were only a few of us (3x more on the 10am tour!) We found the manatees, anchored and swam. All of us were touched and bumped by these gentle giants. My wife Debbie got a kiss from one of them! It was the... More 

Thank Ruth B
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 December 2015

Stayed at the port hotel for two days, centre right beside the hotel, rented good kayaks and fishing equipment with great, friendly staff and away I went! 20-30 min paddle to three sisters springs... spent the best part of two days on the water

Thank steve p
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

We were staying at the hotel and wanted to find out what water activities were available. The people at the dive center were very helpful. We rented kayaks and went all over the bay. The gave us a map and told us places to check out, including options for lunch that we could paddle to. Great experience.

Thank Leigh22172
Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2015 via mobile

Horrible motor took 3 hours to get out to scallop 25hp motor benches for seats hard plastic no cushions not anchored down the benches slide all over . It was 290 dollars plus fuel like a bad joke. We r not that picky do not rent a boat with a motor that small. Piece of junk. Really bad.

Thank suernmom
Dunedin, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 June 2015

Rented a kayak. It was in good shape, and the staff gave me good information about the area. Well supplied and a nice changing area to move from street clothes to water-wear.

Thank ChuckOp
Ocala, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2015 via mobile

They are crooks, we rented a boat watched the video went out to meet the kid who was supposed to go over the map with us, he never did, no one told us where we couldn't go, then the boat broke down in the middle of the channel, we call and they say oh that's the same thing that happened... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2014

This place honestly looks pretty sketchy on the outside, but the rooms appeared recently redone with all the nice amenities and modern decor. The price is great and they include a discount for the manatee tour. We also rented a kayak, which was reasonably priced and the guy a the dock took the time to direct us to the Three... More 

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Weirsdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2014

I called last week to rent a pontoon boat on Saturday. I called early in the AM 7:55 and the phone was answered "This is Capt. Stu". I asked him about the rentals and he told me it would be $190(ish) and I went ahead to give him my card number. He said "Are you going to be doing any... More 

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Macon, Georgia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 June 2014

We rented a pontoon boat here to enjoy some time on the water while in the area. Although we did not see any manatees (probably due to the time of year we visited), we had a very nice time boating around the bay and looking at the homes along the water. The folks in the dive center were very nice.

Thank Linda G
Panama City Beach, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2014

Hotel is minimal lodging at best, but the people and convenience to the Kings Spring makes it number one in the area. Marge, at the front desk takes care of us every year and has never failed us. The dive shop and the boats are great.

Thank Robert B

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