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Profitez d'une rencontre rapprochée avec les lamantins des Antilles en faisant du snorkeling avec eux sous les conseils d'un capitaine de la US Coast Guard. Les excursions ont lieu tous les jours dans le superbe Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Rapprochez-vous de ces merveilleux mammifères et apprenez-en davantage sur l'écosystème et leur habitat.
Ces capitaines nageront avec vous et votre groupe pour vous assurer une expérience mémorable, ce qui n'est pas le cas dans la majorité des excursions. Dans l'eau, votre capitaine/guide prendra des photos haute définition et des vidéos de vous et de votre groupe que vous pourrez voir et acheter à la fin de votre voyage.
Le prix de l'excursion comprend tout le matériel de snorkeling (masque, tuba, combinaison) et du café ou du chocolat chaud.
Even though the manatees had recently moved out of the springs, the captain found a mother and calf, and the an adult male in the bay. While snorkeling near them, the calf came up to look me in the eye, then gently bumped my goggles with its nose. What an experience! Then the captain took us to the 3 Sisters Springs to snorkel in. Crystal clear water - it was beautiful.
This was an amazing experience!!! I've traveled a lot and have done a number of snorkeling tours and this one tops them all! Ron and Lauren have been phenomenal in accommodating our needs and making us feel welcome. They thought of everything, including extra towels and hot coco. They made this experience very pleasant and memorable for an adult traveling with 3 kids 15, 13, and 10. We all had a blast! All of us felt very comfortable with Lauren while snorkeling, she also took great pictures and videos! Mr. Ron was very knowledgeable about manatees and their habitat. I've recommended it to several of my friends and colleagues already.
The experience itself is a must and very unique - crystal clear waters made warm by the fresh water springs combined with a close encounter with gentle giants - fun, fun, fun! And photos and videos to take home for a reasonable price to top it off. We are definitely planning to come back to Crystal River to plan our next summer adventure with Mr. Ron.
Perfect family adventure. Captain Ron Ross was was a lot of fun...great sense of humor and really informative.Ricky was a great guide. He showed us tons of things underwater that we may have missed with out him. He took beautiful pictures of our time with the manatees! Then on the way back Ron spotted some dolphins and he turned the boat around and got them to interact with the boat. They were so playful and we were able to get some good shots of them as well. All around, it was an awesome experience to remember for a lifetime!!! Worth the time...don't miss out!
Despite Hurricane Irma we were able to have an amazing time with Gulf Coast Expeditions. Everyone was really friendly, they kept us informed all the way through on the impact caused by the hurricane, were able to re-arrange without any additional fee and treated us to additional time as well. Great customer service and a wonderful experience. It was amazing to hear the manatees crunching on the grass whilst at the surface. I was also impressed that we were given a full briefing beforehand about behaviour in the proximity of the manatees in order to ensure we observed without causing problems.
This was an awesome tour! The Captain and Ricky were fantastic! Both were very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. We loved seeing the manatees. We saw 5-6 of them on our trip. It was off-season for them so we were very pleased. We even saw a mother nursing her baby...adorable!!
Kapitein Ron en Corey waren geweldig. Ondanks dat het niet de juiste tijd is om manatees te zien, gaven ze niet op en bleven net zo lang zoeken tot ze 2 manatees hadden gevonden waar niet tig mensen omheen zwommen erg vervelend gezicht en gelukkig vond Ron dat ook niet wenselijk voor de manatees. Hij nam alle tijd zelfs de groep na ons gebeld dat we later zouden zijn. We hebben veel informatie gekregen over de manatees. Daarnaast gaat Corey met je in het water en maakt ook nog foto's die je naderhand voor een hele schappelijke prijs allemaal op USB mee krijgt. Wij raden deze trip zeker aan en gaan de volgende keer zeker weer voor deze organisatie.
Familie met 2 jongens 12 en 10 jaar oud.
Foto's bijgesloten zijn van mijn onderwater camera niet die van Corey! Die zijn namelijk veel beter, maar heb ik helaas tijdens het posten niet beschikbaar.
This was a fantastic small boat tour only 6 seats that got our family of four and two others a lot of personal attention and up close manatee experiences in a relaxed off season cruise. Captain Ron and our guide Rob took good care of us it was quite clear that they are knowledgeable and passionate about marine life in the Kings Bay area. Rob was full of manatee trivia and we were able to see the difference between our tour and others that were out on the water. Some other tours did not use an in water guide. there were some very large groups out as well and clearly not everyone had been taught how to have a respectful and successful interaction with the manatees.
We got to swim up close with two nursing mothers and their babies, the animals were comfortable enough to interact with us and our experience has help shape our childrens approach to respectful interactions with wildlife in a profound way.
We visited Cristal River on June 7. The day gets a rating of two stars it was cloudy and it rained on our way there but, Captain Ron's professionalism and knowledge definitely get five stars. Captain Ron explained that on the days prior had been raining also and the visibility in the water was not good. He told us we could re-schedule if we wanted and he would honor it at any time. It was our last opportunity so we decided to go any way. Being late in the season the usual amount of manatees was reduced. But Captain Ron knows were to find the few permanent residents or the area. He took us to those spots and we were able to see them in their usual habitat. The trip was very exiting to our 6 years old granddaughter Paulina. Being a non-swimmer, my wife was terrified to even get in the water. But with Captain Ron and his mate's assurances and help not only did she get in the water but also she enjoyed the whole adventure. On top of everything, Paulina was very exited about driving the boat. We plan to go back during the months of January or February the best time of year to see them and we will definitely will ask for Captain Ron's boat.
If you are reading this and considering going, I urge you to do it. You'll be happy you did. On top of it, the cost beats the outrageous cost of swimming with the dolphins at Sea World in Orlando. This is absolutely not a tourist trap but an adventure you and yours will remember for many years to come. Thank you, Captain Ron for making our trip during a gray and gloomy day such a bright and enjoyable adventure. We will be back hopefully soon.
Great captain and guide - both seemed to be very knowledgeable about the area's geography and wildlife. Small group max 6 - there were 3 of us is much more conducive to a pleasant snorkeling experience than the cheaper, large group tours. Captain found us a manatee to swim with, even off season. We could have stood in line with the large tour boats to see a mama with a new baby each boat had perhaps 20 snorkelers, who seemed to cluster frantically in the water and get in each others' way, but we all thought it was more important not to stress out the new mama, and opted to swim in Jurassic Spring instead. Loved the latter - the huge school of mullet dancing in the clear water above the spring was fabulous.