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Swimming With The Manatees

#20 of 46 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Crystal River Features Animals
1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-571-1888
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Girl Scout Troop 862 LOVED Captain Tom

We had a group of 20 girls and moms out for a swim with the manatees! We had a blast. Captain Tom... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Hillary C
What a fantastic experience.

We had the best time from start to finish. Well worth the time and money. We got up close and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
mikecat715
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Bronx, New York
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Swimming With The Manatees is an ecotourism guide service located in Crystal River, Florida. We offer the finest in Manatee Swim Tours. You will be thrilled by the glory of Florida nature at it’s finest. The Nature Coast is a birdwatcher’s and aquatic paradise.
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Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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+1 352-571-1888

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a group of 20 girls and moms out for a swim with the manatees! We had a blast. Captain Tom and Princess Marsha were patient and knowledgeable. We had an extended swim with 3 manatee and we were all tickled pink to see...More

Thank Hillary C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the best time from start to finish. Well worth the time and money. We got up close and personal with three manatee. My wife was thrilled as were we all. Captain Tom was great, he made it extra fun and I was glad...More

Thank mikecat715
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fabulous time! We booked the platinum tour which was 5 hours. Our guide was Captain Pappas. He was very knowledgeable about the manatees and where they may be. We saw a total of 5 I think. Since this is the off season...More

Thank Hilltopcarolyn
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, Captain Pappas is a new addition to our team and an excellent one I might add. He truly makes the experience, it doesn't hurt when the wildlife put on a show either. We hope you will come visit us again...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This had been on our bucket list and was one of the highlights of our trip to Florida. The best part is that it was mating season when we went so there were tons of manatee around and they were doing barrel rolls in front...More

Thank RustyNickel
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for swimming with us. It really makes the trip when the manatees put on a show, not to mention all of the other wonderful creatures you can see on our trip. Please visit us again soon!

Reviewed July 11, 2017

Captain Tom was great, very knowledgeable, very funny. We did see one manatee, and he did try his very best to spot some others. I would definitely recommend this trip to others.More

Thank Arlene M
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing us, yes Captain Tom is almost as fun as the manatees and even though the summer can be difficult to find manatees our captains usually have a few tricks up their sleeves and save the day. We hope you will chose...More

Reviewed July 6, 2017

Although Captain Mike cannot guarantee Manatees, especially in July. If you want the best chance and a great experience go with Captain Mike. Nothing to much trouble, great organisation we missed our 7,00 am slot and we were put on the later trip, no problem....More

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review, we are pleased that we were able to accommodate you, excellent customer service is the standard we try to set. Yes manatees can be difficult to find during the summer months but as a rule our highly trained captains...More

Reviewed June 30, 2017

The sweet lady who checked me in was very efficient and knowledgeable.Everything ran smoothly on all ends. I must say, the Captain Tom was the best part of it! He was super friendly and very funny and great personality to the experience! I overheard him...More

Thank Kristin S
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your excellent review, we try our best to have excellence in customer service and Captain Tom sure helps make that possible. He is a great addition to our team and we are so proud he is ours! We are blessed to live...More

Reviewed June 20, 2017

The person who checked us in was not very motivated, a lesson in customer service might be appropriate. Captain Tom was quite entertaining and made it fun. He is very knowledgeable. 3 hours is too long, especially since we passed by the same place more...More

Thank exGoldensinbuchsi
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are sorry that this wasn't what you expected. Unfortunately 3 hours is the standard swim tour and is necessary for complete interaction on some days. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your time with Captain Tom though, he is a blast!

Reviewed June 17, 2017

We had heard about swimming with the manatees, but really didn't know what to expect. We had Captain Tom and his wife/first mate "Princess Marcia". They're a cute team. Capt. Tom really knows his stuff, and is a very funny guy, making the trip more...More

1  Thank KarenE1949
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing us! Captain Tom and Princess Marcia are truly first class they are very special and do everything with excellence. This is the only kind of service we expect you'll receive at Captain Mike's.

Reviewed May 22, 2017

WOW!! WHAT FUN WE HAD WITH CAPT TOM WHO TOOK US ON HIS BOAT TO SWIM WITH THE MANATEES!! I had one manatee who really liked me and came up to me several times and gave me kisses!! Capt Tom did a fantastic job going...More

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SwimmingManatees, Manager at Swimming With The Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Did Captain Tom break out his red nose again? If not, you will have to come back and see that one its a sight. Thank you for choosing Captain Mike's we hope you will return again soon.

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Alison A
February 17, 2017|
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Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
We have a 3 hour Gold tour that is semi-private, and a 5 hour Platinum that is semi-private. Both are adequate in-water time, however on days where manatees can be difficult to find the 5 hour affords you the opportunity to... More
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Alison A
February 17, 2017|
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Response from Mary Ellen C | Reviewed this property |
We were in the water for about 1.5 hr. It was not sunny January day but in the mid 60s when we got there for our at 9am reservation. Once we got in the water, we were warm for most of that time. Everyone is given a noodle... More
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annalowther
January 17, 2017|
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Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
Manatees are protected by law. I believe the video is online, it's called Manatee Manners and it will tell you all the rules involving swimming with the manatees
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