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“Magnificent Manatee Tour!!!!”

Manatees In Paradise
Ranked #2 of 51 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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Newcastle, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
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“Magnificent Manatee Tour!!!!”
Reviewed 30 March 2012

Four of us spent a fantastic morning with Captain Stacy. She was extremely knowledgable about not only the manatees but also lots of the other wildlife. It was a truely wonderful experience for us all to see and interact with these magnificent gentle creatures in their own surroundings. Stacy always puts the manatees first unlike some of the larger boat trips we witnessed. Why pay more for a tour with 10 or 15 people when you can take your own private tour for less? Cant praise her highly enough, she put us all at ease and helped the children and us to even stroke the manatees. It seemed like they trusted and respected her too. Thanks for the highlight of our visit to Florida!!!!!!
PS the photos she took and e mailed to us for FREE were awesome.

Visited March 2012
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“The True Manatee Guide”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

We went out of our way in our most recent trip to Florida to go swimming with the Manatees. I must say that this was one of the highlights of our trip. Stacy was so knowledgable and had such a passion for the Manatees. She is also is amazing is spotting the gentle creatures and how to navigate through big crowds. We hope to return to Crystal River with Stacy in Manatees in Paradise.

Visited March 2012
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“This is the only tour you want!”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

Capt Mike and his wife Stacey run a private tour for up to 6 people for the price of the bigger tours. More importantly this couple really cares about the manatees and are very well educated about the proper practice of interacting with these amazing animals. They are involved in manatee research including tagging and monitoring and in maintaining a positive experience for the manatee and snorkelers. We arrived an hour late and were still given a full 3 hour tour. Capt Mike went out of his way not only to find manatees to interact with but also waited once other boats were leaving to allow us to have our own personal family interaction with a manatee. Capt Mike was great with kids and answered our daughters many questions. Another bonus- Mike and Stacey also took many photos that they later e-mailed that our daughter will use to give her class a presentation on manatees. We will be back again!

Visited March 2012
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Level 1 Contributor
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“A special private tour”
Reviewed 23 March 2012

Captain Stacey really knows where to find the Manatees she loves . She is a real live wire and enjoys her work . She took photos and emailed us a whole lot at no cost .

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Panama City Beach, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Unlike (and better than) any other tour!”
Reviewed 15 March 2012

My husband and I booked a private tour with Captain Stacy after reading all the great reviews on tripadvisor.com. I'm so glad we did because the experience with Captain Stacy was much different (i.e. better) than what we witnessed with other tour boats/guides. She really cares for these creatures, respects them and their habitat, and this was refreshing to us because we share the same respect for manatees. While the other tour guides dropped anchor and played on their cell phones, Captain Stacy was looking out for the manatees, directing us as we were swimming toward them, taking pictures, etc. She had our best interest at heart. You will learn a lot about manatees and their interactions with humans (some good, some not so good) from Captain Stacy. We highly recommend a tour with her and we hope to return next year!

Visited March 2012
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