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Address: 693 Dodecanese Blvd, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3129
Phone Number: +1 727-937-5417
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You don't see this everywhere

My mother and I visited Tarpon Springs over 40 years ago and it hasn't changed much. We took the Sponge Boat tour and it's something very different and fascinating. The shopping... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2016
Sandy K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

My mother and I visited Tarpon Springs over 40 years ago and it hasn't changed much. We took the Sponge Boat tour and it's something very different and fascinating. The shopping is great along the main drag by the docks and the sponges are amazing. Of course, several Greek restaurants to choose from in this fun and friendly town. A... More 

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Durham, North Carolina, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Great price for a short boat trip, the adults and kids loved the old school sponge dive. The tour guide was great and told us the history. The sponge diver wearing the old dive suit was really neat to see how heavy it was and learn how long they stayed down. The sponge diver and crew was great with our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We enjoyed our boat ride and our interaction with the sponge diver and the boat captain! It was fascinating and affordable!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

The folks who present this tour are locals with knowledge of the sponge industry in the area and some have been there nearly from the start. It is a friendly and informal atmosphere where you are up close and personal with the diver and he answers all your questions. It is not a fancy tour out very far but close... More 

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

For only $10 a person it was ok. For a 40 minute tour the boat didn't travel out far at all. It didn't even go farther than the shopping area. The guide was knowledage about the area and it was unique to see the diver in action.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

It's a 40-minute very knowledgeable Cruise about the sponge diving ,from the early nineteen-hundreds to today , on how they harvest the sponges and what they are still used for today.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

During this short, inexpensive boat ride you will be able to learn how Tarpon Springs started more than 100 years ago together with the Greek divers who came here to get sponges from the sea. So very soon this small town took a leading role in Sponge industry. Very informative boat ride!!!!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

My wife and I took this 40 minute boat tour of the Tarpon Springs bay area. A diving exhibition demonstrating how sponges are harvested was the initial attraction. My wife and I found the Tarpon Springs history and sponge description provided by boat captain very informative and an unexpected treat. The diving exhibition was good. Overall we recommend this for... More 

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Springfield, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

I can strongly recommend the St. Nicholas Boat Lines Sponge Diving Exhibition excursion. For only $10, I was able to take a 40-minute narrated tour on an open-air boat, during which we were able to watch the diver suit up (maybe only on the first trip of the day), learn how the “old fashioned” diving gear works, hear a presentation... More 

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Central Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016

I took this tour in between two other boat tours I had taken. If one had very limited time in Tarpon Springs, I would recommend this as this tour is about an hour or so. Very interesting history.

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