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Crystal River Watersports

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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2380 N. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34428
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went on the 7:30 AM tour yesterday, and it was fantastic! We had captain Jim and water guide Dakota. Both were very knowledgeable and funny. They knew exactly where to go to get us in the water with the gentle giants. Once in the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the amazing review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour, and your time with Dakota, Jim and the manatees. Jim and Dakota are both terrific at their jobs, and really enjoy spending time with our guests and the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We book the 7 am tour. We had been in the lucky situation, that we were alone with the boatsman and the guide. Yes we saw a Manatee and swam with her. The guys were very friendly and the tour was overall entertaining At the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for choosing us- we appreciate it greatly.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The morning tour was a fantastic and unforgettable experience. The staff was welcoming as soon as we arrived and I felt a great sense of comfort during my time there. Robert and Don were funny, knowledgeable, and overall wonderful guides. Don took stunning photos during...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for the fantastic review, we really appreciate the fact that you chose Crystal River Watersports for your tour, and that you took the time to write a review. Our staff love what they do, and work hard to make sure that...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I want to go back to Florida just to swim with more manatees! Thank you to Captain Jim and water guide Don!! Great personalities. Very knowledgeable. Was very comfortable by the time I got into the water. Thank you for the great experience. I want...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Quentin for the great review. We are delighted that you had a good time, and you know that you are always welcome to come back. The manatees and our staff will be waiting to greet you! Thank you so much for taking the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked a manatees tour. The gentleman who did the booking was very nice and answered all the questions. We arrived for our tour early, and were taken right in. We got our wet suits and watched a short video about how to conduct yourself...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so very much for the incredible review- we really appreciate it! Our entire staff tries very hard to make sure each guest knows that we truly value your business- and it looks like we hit the mark for your tour. You kindly described...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Sebastian and Dakota were great tour guides for us. The boat ride to/from the bay was scenic and of course getting to swim with manatees was the best. We had a non-confident swimmer in our group and the guys were very patient and helpful....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour, and that the manatees were welcoming. Having the eco-tour portion of the trip is what sets us apart from the other tour companies in the area, as well as...More

Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

We had a great time enjoying nature and especially swimming with manatees! It took a while to find them this time of year but the crew was diligent and informative. Very personal attention to our small group. Great for kids and grown ups!More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the glowing review! We truly appreciate you taking the time to write one for us. The manatees are so amazing, it makes our job very satisfying to let our guests enjoy the experience of swimming with these massive yet gentle...More

Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

We booked a morning manatee tour, it was a great experience. Special thanks to Captains Jim and Robert who provides a lot of interesting informations during the boat trip.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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mum2divers, Guest Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much Delphine for choosing Crystal River Watersports for your tour, and for the amazing review. Both Jim and Robert are great, and both have so much knowledge to share. It is wonderful to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

We had a great time swimming with the giant puppies of the sea! Dakota and Sebastian were wonderful. We highly recommend this tour. Another bonus...swimming in fresh water and seeing how some Floridians live.

Date of experience: October 2018
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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Jenn, thank you so much for the wonderful review. We really appreciate you choosing Crystal River Watersports for your tour, and for taking the time to write a review. Dakota and Sebastian had a great time and are so happy that you enjoyed the tour.

Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

Casey and Don were outstanding! We saw 6 Manatees including mom and baby in the off-season! Would highly reccomendMore

Date of experience: October 2018
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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Thank you so much for the wonderful review Nicole. We will make sure to pass along your words of praise to Don and Casey. It was a great day, and we are thrilled that you had a good time. Thank you again for choosing us...More

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alaskasuebear
21 March 2018|
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Response from John E | Property representative |
Hi there! Our shop carries a variety of wetsuit sizes so we are used to accommodating guests of all types! We have wetsuits that are a size Mens 4X (think mens 4X t-shirt size as a comparison!). They are 3mm thick so they... More
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kristinnmacaulay2017
4 February 2018|
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Response from mum2divers | Property representative |
Hi Kristin, I am Sandi and I work with CRWS. We do recommend the early morning (7 am) tour as the The manatees are most active (and hopefully interactive) first thing in the morning. The 11:00 tours are often great... More
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salbi246
29 October 2015|
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Good Morning Mrs. Sally, According to google maps, Kissimee is approximately 2 hours away from us here in Crystal River. Here in the Crystal River area we see manatees year round. Although during the summer there are only... More
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