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Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours

Crystal River, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-777-1796
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We had reservations and he never showed up

Appalling. I was traveling to Florida with my family over President's Day weekend and we had... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Hayley L
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AMAZING

Reading a few bad reviews before the tour I was a little nervous. However it turned out to be one... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
Jenalinder
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Dillsburg, Pennsylvania
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We conduct manatee swim encounters in the three sisters,kings and and several other springs in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. We also rent pontoon boats and kayaks. We are located on the main spring on the water with plenty of free parking and the best view of Kings Bay.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible11%
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Hours Today: 06:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Crystal River, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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+1 352-777-1796

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

Appalling. I was traveling to Florida with my family over President's Day weekend and we had reserved kayaks ahead of time. We were extremely excited to see the manatees. We arrived about 20 minutes early for our reservation, and the store was locked. We waited...More

1  Thank Hayley L
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2017

We are terribly upset that you were disappointed; however, this is not our company. We only close two days a year (Christmas and Easter). Any other day we open up to rent Kayaks at 8:00 am and close at 4:30 pm, and showing up early...More

Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Reading a few bad reviews before the tour I was a little nervous. However it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life. The water was a slightly murky but still had just enough visibility! The guides were very helpful in...More

Thank Jenalinder
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2017

Thank you so much for choosing Captain Mike's to swim with. This time of year, March - May, be unpredictable at times; but most days are good days. Certainly there are ideal times of the year to come but there are also more people as...More

Reviewed 21 February 2017

We had fallen for the advertising put out by the state of Florida and the businesses of the Kings Bay/Crystal River area that showed herds of Manatee and we saw nothing close. We did see a few Manatee but in the River area the visibility...More

Thank rla1947
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you for your review. Captain Bill is a great guy, and goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible experience. Unfortunately, the weather and manatees do not have the same attitude; water clarity is a funny thing it has so many variables, one...More

Reviewed 25 January 2017

Capt. Mike's Manatee Tours (Sunshine River Tours) at the Port Marina next to the Port Hotel are absolutely the best. Be sure to ask for Captain Yves (yes, he's French). A marine biologist with a background in manatee research, Yves has extraordinary knowledge of scientific...More

1  Thank Davia B
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Thank you so much for choosing Captain Mike's. Your review is extraordinary and very appreciated, we absolutely love Yves. He is truly remarkable at what he does, and trust what you described is exactly how he is every day. Again, thank you and please come...More

Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful day in the water. Captain Tom was amazingly knowledgeable and entertaining. And don't worry if you're not a swimmer, the wetsuit and noodle will keep you up, and all you have to do is doggy paddle.

Thank SBAllen
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Thank you for your business. Captain Tom is a great guy and awesome captain, we are proud to call him ours. Swimming with the manatees is a must-do, no matter your swimming skills. Please come see us again!

Reviewed 12 January 2017

We went on 2 manatee tours and loved Captain Mikes! The boats are nice and BIG and have changing areas as well as a toilet and are covered which is so important when it is 50 degrees out! We just walked straight from the store...More

Thank angelginawu
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2017

Hello, thank you for your excellent review. We try our best to give our customers the premium experience, doing this requires great staff members. Tom and Jessica certainly meet that requirement. Please come back and see us again!

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Another fantastic swim. Every year for my birthday we swim with the manatees. This was another fun morning even though we had to scrape ice off of our car window. When we arrived to Captain Mikes we were warmly welcomed by Justin. He fitted us...More

Thank SLynnS01
SwimmingManatees, Manager at Sunshine River Tours - Crystal River Manatee Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2017

Thank you for your excellent review, every once and a while the manatees will give you a little more loving that you bargained for. We love it when that happens, it really makes the experience unforgettable. Again thank you for choosing Captain Mike's! -Justin

Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

We had Captain Yeve (he is from France) for our 5 hour private tour with Captain Mikes. Yave was supper personable, very patient and kind! He took his time. He is very knowledgeable about manatees, been in the area for 30 years, has worked on...More

Thank MissMarthaAnn
Reviewed 27 July 2016

Went to Florida for a family and decided to take a day away from Disney and went swimming with the manatees. As I was only a young child seeing these massive animals swimming beneath me was quite terrifying. The staff, along with my dad, were...More

Thank Elle H
Reviewed 16 July 2016

One of the highlights of our trip to Florida, Something that had been on our bucket list for a long time and we were not disappointed by the experience (even if we went at the wrong time of year!) Capt Steve found the Manatees gave...More

Thank Tony C
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Rao_engineers
12 April 2016|
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Response from Gill L | Reviewed this property |
I did see the manatee from the surface, but it is only when they bob up to take air. Swimming close to them is just fantastic. It is up to the service provider the times.
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wvstinnett
7 April 2016|
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Response from SunshineRiverTours | Property representative |
We have 40-60 manatees here in July
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