Snorkel With Manatees

★★★★☆
  • 1 Sw 1st Pl

    Crystal River, FL 34429

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  • 352-257-8687

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Had to book 6 months out. Called several times 3 days before my scheduled trip and never got an answer even tho they state they answer phones. After I sent an email I got a call that my trip was cancelled to "the" boat broke down, had to get a new fuel filter so all trips for the week are cancelled. This is very poor business if I have to book so far in advance, they only have the one boat, and can't change a fuel filter. I do NOT recommend this business.
UPDATE:
The owner has contacted me and we are going to work something out.

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Had to book 6 months out. Called several times 3 days before my scheduled trip and never got an answer even tho they state they answer phones. After I sent an email I got a call that my trip was cancelled to "the" boat broke down, had to get a new fuel filter so all trips for the week are cancelled. This is very poor business if I have to book so far in advance, they only have the one boat, and can't change a fuel filter. I do NOT recommend this business.
UPDATE:
The owner has contacted me and we are going to work something out.

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DO NOT buy a groupon or living social voucher for Snorkel with Manatees. I did in October, and they could not schedule me until March 1, the very last day of their promotion. Then when I called to confirm the trip the week of, they cancelled on me, saying their motor was down. Learning they had only ONE motor was not at all reassuring, and I do NOT want to get in a boat where the company cannot come rescue its customers. They refused to refund my money. Despite their flashy website, in person they come across as super unprofessional, downright rude, and deliberately misleading. They told me LivingSocial has my money, but LivingSocial says it all gets delivered to them on the last day of the promotion, so THEY have my $48 and I have nothing but disappointment.

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DO NOT buy a groupon or living social voucher for Snorkel with Manatees. I did in October, and they could not schedule me until March 1, the very last day of their promotion. Then when I called to confirm the trip the week of, they cancelled on me, saying their motor was down. Learning they had only ONE motor was not at all reassuring, and I do NOT want to get in a boat where the company cannot come rescue its customers. They refused to refund my money. Despite their flashy website, in person they come across as super unprofessional, downright rude, and deliberately misleading. They told me LivingSocial has my money, but LivingSocial says it all gets delivered to them on the last day of the promotion, so THEY have my $48 and I have nothing but disappointment.

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Awesome trip! It was more than I hoped for. Our captain was top notch and very knowledgeable. We were not on the prettiest boat on the river. We did not have stylin wetsuits on. Our captain was not wearing a tie. We did however encounter and interact with numerous manatees. Our captain was actually more help to others on the river than their own captains. I would highly recommend snorkel with the manatees.

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★★★★★

Awesome trip! It was more than I hoped for. Our captain was top notch and very knowledgeable. We were not on the prettiest boat on the river. We did not have stylin wetsuits on. Our captain was not wearing a tie. We did however encounter and interact with numerous manatees. Our captain was actually more help to others on the river than their own captains. I would highly recommend snorkel with the manatees.

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Thank you for your review Rick, All you need is a good time and our crew will show you how it is done. Captain Gene
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My husband suprised me with this trip for Valentine's Day. We, along with 2 of our closest friends enjoyed this experience so much, we are already planning our next trip. We did not have to sit through any classes, but rather listened to everything the captain said on the trip to the snorkel spot. We didn't feel like any time was wasted at all! We would recommend taking the earliest trip out (7:30am) because you have time with just you and the manatee before the other tours get there. Also, the saying "use the bathroom before we leave" is not recommended at all! Rather, drink a ton of water, coffee etc before leaving the doc, you'll need every bit to keep you warm upon entering the water!!! To top it all off, the captain had hot chocolate for us when we got out! Way to go Snorkelwithmanatees.com, it was an experience I'll never forget :)

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My husband suprised me with this trip for Valentine's Day. We, along with 2 of our closest friends enjoyed this experience so much, we are already planning our next trip. We did not have to sit through any classes, but rather listened to everything the captain said on the trip to the snorkel spot. We didn't feel like any time was wasted at all! We would recommend taking the earliest trip out (7:30am) because you have time with just you and the manatee before the other tours get there. Also, the saying "use the bathroom before we leave" is not recommended at all! Rather, drink a ton of water, coffee etc before leaving the doc, you'll need every bit to keep you warm upon entering the water!!! To top it all off, the captain had hot chocolate for us when we got out! Way to go Snorkelwithmanatees.com, it was an experience I'll never forget :)

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Thanks Kim, yes drink alot of warm fluids... We do provide hot coco for your return ride back to the docks after your manatee swim in the winter months. Se you guys back real soon. Captain Gene
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Maybe my wife and I had high hopes for this but it wasn't exactly the experience of a lifetime. We have lived in Florida for a few years now and all my wife ever talked about what she wanted to do was swim with the manatees and what she got was a big letdown.
We started out by riding around in the boat for awhile looking for manatees. We went from one spot to another and there were none. The Captain of the boat finally dropped us off near a protected area where the manatees eat and rest. We swam near the area in hopes that they would come out and interact with us. When some did leave the area other swimmers would push us out of the way to get to them. We got to see some of them through the murky water but did not get to interact with them. I understand that manatees are animals and are unpredictable and are not there just for our amusement.The staff seemed to be very nice but I feel they just put us in a last ditch spot to get us off the boat. I really feel bad for my wife. We have seen the manatees by the Kings Bay bridge and at the Homosassa Spring Wildlife Park. You don't get to go in the water with them but these are some great and inexpensive ways to observe these fascinating animals.

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Maybe my wife and I had high hopes for this but it wasn't exactly the experience of a lifetime. We have lived in Florida for a few years now and all my wife ever talked about what she wanted to do was swim with the manatees and what she got was a big letdown.
We started out by riding around in the boat for awhile looking for manatees. We went from one spot to another and there were none. The Captain of the boat finally dropped us off near a protected area where the manatees eat and rest. We swam near the area in hopes that they would come out and interact with us. When some did leave the area other swimmers would push us out of the way to get to them. We got to see some of them through the murky water but did not get to interact with them. I understand that manatees are animals and are unpredictable and are not there just for our amusement.The staff seemed to be very nice but I feel they just put us in a last ditch spot to get us off the boat. I really feel bad for my wife. We have seen the manatees by the Kings Bay bridge and at the Homosassa Spring Wildlife Park. You don't get to go in the water with them but these are some great and inexpensive ways to observe these fascinating animals.

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Business Response:

Thanks Ron for a truthful review, this a wildlife encounter, we cant even get our children to do what we want, and we feed them! I'm sure our crew did everthing possilbe for your day and conditions... We hope you return to see how each day is differant, it could have been that is was a monday? Captain Gene
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We had the best time ever snorkeling with the manatees. All of us, form our 13 year old daughter who stayed in the boat, to my 60+ mother who was in the water for over 2 hours, had a great time. It was very peaceful (the Homosassa river had very few other people in the early morning, and my family (4) had our whole boat to ourselves. It was the highlight of our trip to Florida. I was surprised because I can't stand cold water but at 72 degrees and with a wetsuit on it just felt like 72 degree air. It was very comfortable even though it was a chilly morning.

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We had the best time ever snorkeling with the manatees. All of us, form our 13 year old daughter who stayed in the boat, to my 60+ mother who was in the water for over 2 hours, had a great time. It was very peaceful (the Homosassa river had very few other people in the early morning, and my family (4) had our whole boat to ourselves. It was the highlight of our trip to Florida. I was surprised because I can't stand cold water but at 72 degrees and with a wetsuit on it just felt like 72 degree air. It was very comfortable even though it was a chilly morning.

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Hi Angela, and thank you for hangin out with our crew and staff, the water is very warm in the winter months, so bring out the kids and anyone who wants to see mother nature at her best. Captain Gene
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My family and I participated in the snorkel with manatees in Crystal River this last weekend. We had a fabulous time! The company provided wet suits and snorkel gear for everyone in our party. They also offered rental on underwater camera's if you didn't already have one. We saw several dolphins on our trip out to the snorkel location and our Captain made sure to stop so we could observe and take pictures. Captain Tim was wonderful, he gave us great tips on how to interact with the manatees and told us where to find more manatees to interact with. We saw at least 2 dozen manatees and we were able to take great pictures since the water was so clear. We were greeted with warm hot cocoa when we got out of the water which was nice on the chilly morning. We will definitely go back and bring other out of state visitors to experience this amazing activity. Thanks Tim and Snorkel with Manatees!!!

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My family and I participated in the snorkel with manatees in Crystal River this last weekend. We had a fabulous time! The company provided wet suits and snorkel gear for everyone in our party. They also offered rental on underwater camera's if you didn't already have one. We saw several dolphins on our trip out to the snorkel location and our Captain made sure to stop so we could observe and take pictures. Captain Tim was wonderful, he gave us great tips on how to interact with the manatees and told us where to find more manatees to interact with. We saw at least 2 dozen manatees and we were able to take great pictures since the water was so clear. We were greeted with warm hot cocoa when we got out of the water which was nice on the chilly morning. We will definitely go back and bring other out of state visitors to experience this amazing activity. Thanks Tim and Snorkel with Manatees!!!

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Captain Gene was incredibly nice and understanding of our unique situation and as a result he squeezed us in on his day off. The swim was amazing!! He obviously knew what he was talking about, he was an expert in spotting the manatees and you could really tell he cares about the manatees. It's not just an amazing tour it's a education too.

We really had a great time!

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Captain Gene was incredibly nice and understanding of our unique situation and as a result he squeezed us in on his day off. The swim was amazing!! He obviously knew what he was talking about, he was an expert in spotting the manatees and you could really tell he cares about the manatees. It's not just an amazing tour it's a education too.

We really had a great time!

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Amazing experience. So good I took the opportunity to stay on for the second tour which had space available. Just hanging out in the water with the manatees was incredible, as they were mostly completely unbothered by our presence and just kept on eating the sea weeds and grasses and one even went to sleep. Captain Gene was great and careful not to overcrowd, chase or bother any manatees that looked liked they would rather be left alone, and was rightly proud of their National Geographic Snorkeller status.
Planning to bring my wife along next time.

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Amazing experience. So good I took the opportunity to stay on for the second tour which had space available. Just hanging out in the water with the manatees was incredible, as they were mostly completely unbothered by our presence and just kept on eating the sea weeds and grasses and one even went to sleep. Captain Gene was great and careful not to overcrowd, chase or bother any manatees that looked liked they would rather be left alone, and was rightly proud of their National Geographic Snorkeller status.
Planning to bring my wife along next time.

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AHHHHH! What a perfect day. Snorkel with the Manatees is the best value ever. You get a guided tour of the waterways on a private boat customized to your personality. The price is less than a rental boat and you do nothing but RELAXXX! This is our second time this summer and it has been different both times. The best part is the care the owner/operator takes to show off "his" river and our Manatees. I'm so impressed!

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AHHHHH! What a perfect day. Snorkel with the Manatees is the best value ever. You get a guided tour of the waterways on a private boat customized to your personality. The price is less than a rental boat and you do nothing but RELAXXX! This is our second time this summer and it has been different both times. The best part is the care the owner/operator takes to show off "his" river and our Manatees. I'm so impressed!

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We have mastered the "swim With Manatees" in Crystal River and Homosassa River Florida. By only taking 6 passenger per Manatee Swim, it makes the whole wildlife encounter the best. Come join us for just $29.00 per person to Swim with the Manatees.

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