|What our wonderful guests say
We have been to Florida 5 times on holiday travelling from the UK we always do the theme park circuit however this time we wanted to do something different and therefore booked a trip with you 25th of April . We were met by Captain Rick and taken out with 2 American girls , for one brilliant amazing day .
Within 10 minutes we were swimming with 5 manatees although the water was very murky the contact was made by those wonderfully friendly animals coming to us . At the second location we had crystal clear water and were rewarded with a mother and baby which stayed with us for over an hour .
Our captain was very knowledgeable made us feel special and provide us with a very special day that was worth 9 hours on a plane and every dollar spent
Dawne Ian Craig Philip T
Our swim with the Manatees was outstanding ! My wife, daughter and her
friend couldn't believe hour friendly those thousand plus pound animals
were. We had a great time and your accommodations on board were every
bit as good as you said they were. I looked at a n;umber of tour sites
operators on line before selecting yours as you limit the number of
guests to 6 , have a heated cabin with snacks and a bathroom facilities
which no other tour operator offers. In addition , your concern for the
Manatees and work with the local fish and game to help protect these
endangered animals is to be commend. We want to return to Florida if
just to enjoy that experience again. We will keep your contact
information for future reference Best of luck in your work on continued
relationship with the fish and game to protect the manatees and limit
the number of people that tour operators can take out at one time !!
Dear Captain Mike,
On December 21st 2010 my family and I left Lynn Massachusetts to spend our holidays in the Disney World area of Florida. Our means of travel was by car, not by plane. On our way to Disney we planned a side trip to Homossasa, and Crystal River to take a tour with Captain Mike and swim with manatees. We arrived in Homossasa on December 22nd. We spent the night at The Homosassa Riverside Resort, and got up the morning of December 23rd to swim with manatees.
I have to tell you swimming with the manatees was one of the most exciting experiences of my life! My family and I found this to be the HIGH POINT of our entire trip to Florida. It was even better than anything Disney World had to offer. Our tour guide Mike(not sure which one but he’s the mike who has a stepson that lives in Beverly Massachusetts, a town right next to where we live) was the best captain we could ask for. Please send him our most greatful thanks, and tell him to look us up when he visits his stepson in Beverly Massachusetts.
We are already trying to plan a trip to Crystal River for next Christmas. This time our trip will not include Disney, only manatees.
Thanks again for showing us these beautiful sea elephants.
Hi Captain Mike!
I wanted to contact you to say THANK YOU for a truly fantastic day. I booked the First Class Manatee tour for my family on Saturday, Dec 4. Captain Rick took us out for the day and we had an absolutely amazing time!!!
First off, I have to say I am very impressed with your company and your respect for the manatees. It is refreshing to see a company that truly cares for the environment and the safety of these animals. We all appreciated the video we watched prior to our trip, and learned a lot about how to behave in the water.
Captain Rick was great. He took a lot of time with us, helping us with wetsuits and explaining how to snorkel to my seven year old niece. She was quite frightened by the manatees and he was extremely kind to her, calming her down and making her hot chocolate. He also took loads of photos for us, and continually pointed out manatees to us. He was knowledgeable, friendly and a delight to spend the day with.
I have recommended your company to several people and would gladly take another tour with you!
Please thank Captain Rick for a great day. And thank you for running a first class tour and for giving us the experience of a lifetime!
I've sent some photos your way.
Have a great new year.
Good morning Captain Mike,
We had a great time yesterday.. a "wunderbar time" (dereck should understand)
Just this few words to tell you how we appreciated to live the manatee tour experience with Dereck and your compagny.
We will come back as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will recommand your friendly tour to our tour operator and also on www.tripadvisor.com.
Could just give or show this picture to our employee " dereck" who did his best to enjoy our honey moon.
Ps: thanks Dereck for his good advise regarding the lunch " cracker's restaurant"
Ariel and I went on your tour Tuesday. Our Capt Mike was very knowledgeable and we had the greatest time. He was great at what he does and you can tell he really cares about the Manatees and the clients that he takes out. I have already recommended you and your services to many of my family and some of my friends that live in Florida but haven't tried this. I have wanted to do this for too many years and thank you for such a wonderful experience for me and my daughter.
I took a boat with Capt. Mike Burns on 3rd October, and I wanted to
get in touch to say how excellent the whole tour was. Mike was
extremely knowledgeable, interesting and was incredibly helpful the
whole time. He was very obviously dedicated to the well-being of the
manatees and at the same time committed to helping the 3 of us get the
most out of the morning. He also did a great job explaining the
conservation side of things and we were all very impressed that the
Sunshine River tours put nature and the well-being of the manatees as
your priorities, not us tourists!
I could not want for a better experience and I will absolutely
recommend your tours to everyone I know. Thank you very much indeed.
I also made a slightly murky video about the fleeting romance between
myself and the male manatee that took a shining to me. I will never
forget the experience!
Thank you SOOOO very much for such a wonderful and memorable swim. Here are the shots from the tour
I can't thank Jan enough for being a great tour guide and for being so wonderful, pleasurable and knowledgeable. I look forward to coming again when the water is CLEAR to catch much better photos and enjoy the manatees some more!
I just wanted to say Thank you so much for a wonder tour, and a chance to swim with the manatees at crystal river. My best friend and took your tour on April 13, 2010 and we had a wonderful time! Our captain, Mike, was excellent as well as informative and knowledgeable about the river system and the manatees.
I’ve attached a few pictures for you, I’m not the best photographer but thought I would share.
Thank you again, and I’m already planning on coming down from Indiana for a winter tour!
On Friday, April 30, I was lucky enough to go out on a tour with my son, daughter and another couple with Captain Jan. The trip could not have gone better. She was very informative about the manatee and the conditions under which they live. She gave clear concise instructions on how we should behave around the manatee. She handled the boat expertly and efficiently. She made sure the trip was pleasant and non-stressful on the passengers as well as the manatee.
Swimming with the manatee has been something I have wanted to do for a very long time. The best part of the trip was when I got to swim with a mom and baby. It was a dream come true. I had to e-mail you and let you know what a great job Captain Jan did. She made the tour very enjoyable to say the least.
A Very Satisfied Customer,
As a very special gift for my oldest daughter for her 40th birthday, I signed us both up for the VIP Manatee Tour. It turned out to be a truly unforgettable Mother/Daughter bonding experience for both of us as well. We went out on April 2 with Captain Rick. It was the most incredible experience either one of us have ever had. We can't stop talking about it and looking at all the awesome pictures we took that day with our underwater cameras.
We are from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and have spent many years snorkeling in the ocean and enjoying all the sea life around the coral reefs, but there was something very magical about being in the beautiful, clear springs with those amazing, gentle, GIANT creatures. We could have reached out numerous times and touched several of them, but for us, it really wasn't about touching them. It was about them so graciously tolerating us there with them in their environment. We felt so honored and and humbled by the whole experience. We are still in awe.
We were both also so impressed with the wonderful eco-friendly and manatee-friendly manner in which the tour was conducted. Captain Rick was very professional, incredibly personable and shared with us his deep respect and vast knowledge of the manatees and of the beautiful springs. With great people like Captain Rick encouraging others to respect the manatees and their environment, this wonderful opportunity to "float" with the manatees will still be available for years to come, and that is a WONDERFUL thing!
Thank you for a truly magical, mystical and AMAZING experience. WE WILL BE BACK!
Kim & Christie /Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Just wanted to tell you what a fantastic trip we had! Got to swim with many of the gentle creatures, even a momma and her baby. Watched some dolphins having lunch in a school of mackerel and lots of beautiful blue water. Captain Rick was top notch and so was the whole operation. Thanks for the great memories! Shannon
Hi Captain Mike!
I just had to write to you to tell you what an amazing time we had during our Swim with the Manatee tour on 2/16/10. Mike B. "Burnsey" was our guide and he was
fantastic - very professional and knowledgeable - we can't say enough good things about him. We made the trip down from CT hoping that we would hit nice weather - 45 degrees was a bit colder than we expected, but it did not deter us from meeting some new "friends" along the way. We were so excited to see a Bald Eagle and Dolphins on our trip, as well. My husband, 9 year old daughter and I ventured into the 72 degree water and were amazed by the docile creatures that were both playful and curious. I made a friend that rolled over for me and even followed me back to the boat after our encounter. This was truly an experience of a lifetime and I want to thank you for hiring such an experienced captain to make our trip so memorable. I have attached a few of my favorite pics from the trip. I will recommend your company to anyone that is coming down your way!!!
The Z Family - Wallingford CT
Hi Captain Mike,
What an awsome trip to end our vacation in Florida. I would like to give Capt Jan and your company 2 thumbs up from Iowa. I will recommend your service to anyone that we know that are coming to the Crystal River area. When we return next year we will be back to see your crew and the most wonderful animal the Manatee. Please let Captain Jan know that the pictures she took with our camera are truly one of a kind. Thankyou Captain Mike!!!!!!!!!!
Mike and Kim
Just wanted to let you know that we have a FABULOUS time on our manatee tour on Saturday. Jeff was our captain and did an outstanding job of educating and entertaining us!! It is an experience we will never forget and one we hope to repeat in the years to come.
Thanks for the memories and please share our comments with Jeff!!
Karen, Mike and Alayna
Captain Mike, My husband and I had such a great time this past Friday - Jeff was absolutely great. He was so personable, and made such a point to learn our names at the beginning. Throughout the tour, he would call to us to tell us from the boat to let us know that there was a manatee 10 feet to our left, just behind us, or, in my case, following me back to the boat! The only bad thing I can possibly say about Captain Jeff is that he wouldn't let me bring a manatee home with me. We had such a wonderful manatee encounter, and we got some great pictures. If any of them are useful to you, please feel free to use them as well as pass them off to Jeff if he would enjoy any of them. There are four particularly good ones of Brad Baker (the birthday boy on the boat) that my husband took. Again, we had such a great time. We'll be back! Jennifer Watson
Good Afternoon Captain Mike, I wanted to E-mail you to say thank you for the wonderful time, and professionalism you and your staff. My son Tyler and I went on this past Saturday's 6:00am tour with Captain Mike Burns. What an experience my son and I had, I can't put in words other than WOW. I have seen pictures and videos of manatees but until you are next to them in the water up close you really don't know what they are really like. This was my son Tyler 's and mine first time being in a wet suit and using a snorkel we laugh now because we actually put the suits on backwards the first time. This has been Tyler's dream for the past three years and because he is mildly retarded and has never been a great swimmer his mother and I were really nervous about this trip but you and Mike made it easy, we will try to make it back soon for another tour. I have enclosed a picture of me and Tyler you can use it how ever you wish again a big thank you, all the way home Tyler said over and over that his dream of swimming with the manatees finally came true. One question I had I know mike said that we could not wear flippers I understand that but could we wear swimming shoes? The only thing I didn't like was being bear foot and I was thinking that swimming shoes might be the answer but wanted to ask first. Thank you, Ken
Our manatee swim with Capt. Jan on Monday was beyond our expectations -- mostly because of Jan. She was a gracious hostess and knowledgeable captain. All six of us enjoyed learning about the river and manatees. And we'll never forget our manatee encounters. Thanks for providing us amazing memories to last a lifetime. By the way, I wanted to let you know I learned of your tours when I picked up your brochure at the Florida Capitol visitor center, Tallahassee. Gale
We took the tour on 24th as booked - we would like to compliment our skipper, Mike (no relation so he tells us). His knowledge of the wildlife including these incredible creatures made the experience for us and, contrary to some accounts of similar 'swim with manatee' tours, we saw that your team consider the welfare of the animals to be paramount. Thanks for an unforgettable morning, and the food at Crackers wasn't bad either! Ron
WOW!! What can we say? The Manatee swim was AWESOME! One of the best experiences we've had in a long while. The boat captain gave an OUTSTANDING briefing before we went out to swim. His name is Mike as well. With his experience, knowledge, and lecture it made our experience worth driving the distance to get there.
The wife and I were really grateful to get a chance to swim with the Manatees, not just to see them in their environment, but to actually swim with them. Though we could not go out and touch them, some juveniles came to us. Of course my wife can draw a crowd…animals especially…was awesome to see her happy. Not only did we see and swim with the Manatees, we saw two dolphins in the area from the Gulf and saw another dolphin play and eat a snapper.
We could not complain about the price. Very fair and was able to use the coupons at Cracker's. Their food was pretty good as well.
Thanks for the Memory!!
Kenny & Trish
I just wanted to say thank you to Captian Connie for an awesome experience. My family and I went on the Manatee swim tour in July, the waters were very cloudy but Captian Connie was great in locating some manatees for our group. She was awesome!! I am still talking about my trip. You guys are doing a wonderful job. I have recommended the Sunshine River Tour to everyone. THANKS AGAIN FOR A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!!
My Wife and I went out on the VIP tour last Wednesday (8/5/09). It's been my Wife's life long wish to swim with the Manatees. After surviving her bout with breast cancer two years ago, I gave her this trip for her 50th birthday.
We were not disappointed! Jan was absolutely WONDERFUL! Professional, caring and motivated to make our tour special. You really have a winner on your hands there. We had an unusually positive encounter. One my Wife will remember for the rest of her life.
I would highly recommend Sunshine River Tours to anyone wanting this experience. In addition, the VIP tour was exceptional.
Thanks for accommodating us!
p.s., yea, I had fun too!
Just wanted to thank-you and our boat Captain Jan for a great time on our trip 7/6/09. Jan was a great tour guide and went out of her way to make sure my 82 year old mother and my nephews had a good time. Jack & I are trying to get a group to come back in December. Thanks again. Jean & Jack
I had a wonderful time. Captain Jan was very personable and deserves a raise :) I have uploaded an underwater video of my trip to youtube and would like to share the link with you folks. I will definately be returning. Hope you enjoy the video..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx1vPqHkGtM
Wanted to thank you for a great trip on Sat April 18th. We
were able to interact with a big group of manatees by an island. We
will be coming back to see y'all again
Just a note to let you know we had a great experience today. Capt. Jeff
did an awesome job for us. We look forward to another visit next winter.
Thanks to Capt. Jeff.
Dr. Marty and family
| We went out with Jan on Friday and had a great trip.
She did an excellent job getting us out quickly before crowds and was
a great guide.
We'll be back in January!
I'm working on an article about our manatee experience that will
appear on http://www.insideflorida.com
Thanks again and see attached photos and pass along to Jan...
Swimming with Manatees has been a dream for me since 10 years.
Ever since I've seen a manatee here in Holland in Artis Zoo.
So I dragged my husband with me on your private tour on February 11th 2009.
Our captain Jan turned out to be a great nature lover and very friendly woman.
I loved the tour, and so did my husband. I had the time of my life.
So hereby I would like to thank you and your organisation for the great experience.
I am sertainly recommanding this tour to all and will also go on it the next time I spend any time near Crystal River.
Thank you for making my dream come true!
Kindest regards, Nienke
Hello Captain Jan, as we reflected on our florida vacation i wanted to
thank you for the most memorable morning i've ever had. The manatee
encounter was incredible and anything beyond that we were hard pressed to
beat. Only wished we could have stayed longer. Hope we will be able to
do it next visit with you. Thanks again for the wonderful experience.
'''sincerely" janet rutkiewicz , jim, paulette and barrie.
Returned from floating with the Manatees. I am the Aunt Karen of Sue. Sue made the arrangements for us to have you, Captain Mike to take us out. My dream for many years was to float with the Manatees. YOU and your fine crew made my dream come true.March 5Th ,Thursday was the day we went out at 6A:M. Thank for making my drean come true. I shall remember this always. I would like to come back next year from Rochester,N.Y. Will be sure to book with you. When you see the other Mike,tell him the redhead sends her many thanks.
Most sincerely, Karen Rochester,N.Y.
Just a quick note to let you know that we all had a wonderful trip to see the manatee yesterday. The manatee were very friendly and many to see. Our captain Mike was just great! Gave us lots of very helpful information and made the trip very interesting. We were all amazed at how warm we were while in the water with the temps only being in the 40's when we got in. Now getting out was a totally different story. It will be an experience that well all will never forget.
Thank you so much .
Ron & Tari, Chuck & Judy and Dianne
I wanted to send a quick note thanking you and your company for a wonderful Manatee tour on February 17, 2009. Mike was our tour operator and he took great care in making sure the experience was good for the people on the tour as well as the manatees. It was truly an exceptional experience. Mike made sure everybody understood the rules of engagement with the manatees to respect them in their house. Our general observation was that other tours didn't take the time to explain to their participants these rules. If the opportunity presents itself in the future, we would certainly like to come back and visit the manatees on your tour. I will most definitely pass your name along to anyone who will be in the area and encourage them to take your manatee tour.
Thanks again for making this the highlight of our trip to Florida .
Stephen and Theresa
Thank you again for an absolute awesome time Saturday!! We really enjoyed ourselves and would recommend the tour to anyone thinking about it. I've already referred your outfit to neighbors of ours a few houses down. If you ever happen to see a Jeff, Cindy and Jacob S... they are our dear friends down the street. Jacob is their son and he's 12 I believe. I believe they're looking to schedule a trip in April during his spring break. At any rate, have a wonderful day Jan... thanks again!!! Chris Suchan Meteorologist 10connects.com
I just wanted to send a quick thank you. My friend Christine and I took your manatee tour on Friday, January 9, 2009 with Capt Jan. She did a fantastic job and we had an awesome time spending the day with her. It was more than I expected. I've lived in Florida for over 14 years now and I can't believe I never thought to do this before! I'm hoping to take the tour again sometime. Attached are a few pictures that Jan took for us, if you could pass these on to her it would be appreciated. Again, thank you. Tracy and Christine
I just want to thank you for such a great experience. It was wonderful, I
still can't get over it! I have done a lot of interesting things with
animals, have 15 of my own various rescued pets living with me, work in
seabird rescue in Sarasota, and have "swam with dolphins", but nothing has
come close to my experience with the manatees through your company. It was
absolutely amazing, you offer everything that you advertise and more, and
I can help you in any way with this endorsement it would be my great
pleasure. THANK YOU!!
Deb from Sarasota
We would just like to say that we had a wonderful trip on the river this
past Monday with Jan. She is a terrific guide and we got to try out your
new boat. She did an excellent job navigating it. She is a great person
and we really enjoyed getting to know her. We stayed at the Homosassa
Riverside Resort which is quaint little place. Enjoyed the weekend.
Joanna and Terry B
I just returned from Florida after going on both your tours! I was supposed to go on two of the private tours but am glad I overslept and ended up going on the group tour first and then the private tour the next day! They were FANTASTIC!!! Both Captains were wonderful and Captain Jan should even turn hers into a Manatee and Dolphin tour! :) Captain Jody was great as well and I am figuring out how to come again with my daughter. Thank you again for making this a trip to remember!
Captain Mike, I wanted to thank you, Riverside resort and Captain Connie for a great trip on January 26th. We
stayed at the resort as recommended on your web site. The staff was very accomodating, the restuarant very good and the one bedroom suite was excellent for our needs. But, by far, the best part of the weekend, was the excursion with the manatees. And the best part of the excursion was the attached picture of 'Nikki kissing cuddles'. As our kids were swimming among these 'gentle giants', one appropriately named Cuddles, siddled up for a chin rub. As she was getting her rub, Cuddles kept edging closer until I was able to capture the picture of a lifetime. A very memorable bonding experience with a wild animal. Thank You again and please forward our appreciation to the resort as well. The Stranges
My family and I were there last week from Illinois, we wanted to express our gratitude for the amazing experience you and your crew afforded us. It was a highlight of our visit to Florida and will always be cherished in our memories. If opportunity allows, we will return to once again see these amazing creatures. Thank you from all of us, Scott
Staff Sergeant Scott
United States Army
Illinois Army Natl Guard
On 1/19/09, Kate and I took the Ultimate Manatee tour with captain Jan.
This note is to advise you that we had a terrific tour and we thought Jan
did an excellent job. Not only was Jan very knowledgeable, she was also
very pleasant, did an excellent job finding and pointing out Manatees,
and dealt very well with private boaters. We will recommend your tour to
Pete and Kate
On behalf of my family I would like to thank you for making our Manatee tour on the 28 th October 2008 an exceptional experience, what a way to spend your birthday
We thoroughly enjoyed the day and have left with not only a greater understanding of these wonderful creatures but with fond memories. We were over in the USA for four weeks doing the usual theme parks etc however we all agreed that the Manatee tour was the highlight of the holiday.
We would definitely recommend Captain Mike's tour and yourself as Captain/guide to anyone we know who is planning a visit to Florida and if we come back we would love to do it again.
From first meeting us on the dock to the end of the tour you made us feel very welcome and at home on the boat. The facilities on the boat were excellent, the warm drinks and snacks were a nice touch and the enclosed cabin/heater was most appreciated.
I have attached a couple of photographs that you took for us and also a couple of scanned images from our disposable underwater camera, please feel free to use them.
Once again Captain Jan, thank you.
Pete, Diane, Laura, Hannah and Luke
Hi Capt. Mike We went out with Lori and Andrew ( daughter-in-law and son) plus Andrew's in-laws, Billy and Darlene, on Oct. 20 on Capt. Jan's boat. What a breathtaking experience! Jan was just great with her knowledge, love of the animals, patience with us - I could go on and on about her. At the end of 6 hours we were cold and our extremities were prune like and blue and we still kept going back in the water "one more time" to interact with these amazing animals. We originated in Rhodesia (Africa), have lived in Arizona for 28 years and still this was right up there as a highlight of our lives. I am convinced there is a manatee there who still has a crush on me!! I have the photos!! Thank you Kids for taking us and to Jan for guiding us. Graham and Anne McDonald (still with idiotic smiles on our faces!)
| Hi Capt. Mike,
My friend Kathy (from RI) and myself had the great pleasure of taking your ultimate tour on Monday. We had an absolutely fantastic time. Capt. Jan was awesome and she helped us interact with several manatees. She was very patient when I had some initial trouble with the snorkle and helped me have a great time. Kathy interacted with several manatees including a mom and baby. We/I have told all our friends about your tour and I will definately be back. Thanks so much.
Mike, I wanted to tell you that Tim and I went out
with Jan on 10/16/08 and had a fantastic time. What a wonderful, caring
person she is - she made the trip so nice for the whole group! She
searched long and hard and found us 4 manatees including a baby! But what
impressed me the most about her was her love for the animals, and the
sensitivity she showed them and taught us. I learned so much from her. I
have already told other people about her, and your tour's. We have
already talked about coming down again, and I told Tim I'd also like to
try some of the other things you offer. I like the way you do business!
Thanks for making it so great for what you offer, and the type of
employees you hire!Sally
Good Morning – This is Lori McDonald. We went out on our second tour with your company this past Monday (Oct 20 th ) with Cpt Jan. I just wanted to let you know we had an amazing time yet again! Thanks so much to Cpt Jan and to you and your company! While we were out on our tour we ran into Cpt Stacy as well and she took several photos of our private group with and the manatees. She had requested that we get her our email address so she could forward those photos on to us. I am not sure if she received our email address or not – so could you please pass this email address on to her? I would greatly appreciate it!
Once again – thank you and Cpt Jan for such a wonderful experience. This was our second private tour with you company and I am sure it will not be our last!!!
I passed this onto Stacy and she will e-mail you soon" (Signed Capt Mike
|My dad and I had a wonderful time with Captain Jan! She was wonderful. I was so excited to get to touch a manatee. The 15 plus year wait to do this trip was worth it. I will deffinately be back in the future with my husband and two children so they can be with thesew onderful gentle giants also. Thank you so much!! Misty Cederholm and Paul Hathaway!!! I have attached a pic of my dad and I with one of the manatees. How wonderful of Jan to use the camera for me!!!
Just wanted to say my husband and I had a totally
great time IT ROCKED. Jan was our captain on Oct 8 for the ultimate tour.
We seen a mom and her calf , and a single adult, then a youth. The springs
were really tranquill, and just floating with the gentle giants was
something we won't forget anytime soon. We truely enjoyed ourselves. And
if life would workout we will be moving down there to enjoy more that that
area has to offer. We liked the area that much. Thanks Again. Kelly &
I just wanted to be sure to let you know that my husband and I loved our manatee tour. We went out with Captain Jan on September 15, 2008 with your Ultimate tour and had the most wonderful experience of our lives. We have showed our pictures to our friends and can't stop raving about how wonderful this experience was. We have encouraged some of our coworkers to seek out one of your tours and they will soon be making arrangements with you for a tour in Feb 2009. I truly believe that our experience was one of a kind but hope that the next time we are in Florida that our next manatee experience will be just as good. Thank you Captain Mike and Captain Jan for showing us the time of our lives.
MY NAME IS DEBBIE AND ON 9/10/08 I TOOK THE TOUR C MANATEE TOUR.I
CAN'T EXPRESS IN WORDS HOW EMOTIONAL AN EXPERIENCE IT WAS.JAN WAS A TERRIFIC TOUR GUIDE AND THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE.THANK YOU SO MUCH.
Captain Mike - Our family went on an "Ultimate" tour with Captain Stacy
on July 31. We had the most amazing day! Stacy was knowledgeable,
encouraging, enthusiastic, and fun. She was also persistent - trolling
until she found manatees in clear water. When Stacy found out our middle
son is considering a career with marine mammals she shared a lot of
helpful information with him. Watching the manatees feed and hearing them
chew was an incredible experience. Our older boys are already planning"spring break" when the Crystal River will be full of manatees. To quote
our 20 year old, " It was cool to chill out with the manatees." We loved
our day at Discovery Cove with the dolphins, but this extended time
personal tour was tops (and less expensive).
Sincerely, Brent, Beth, Benjamin, Paul, and David
I took the Ultimate Manatee Tour on Thursday july 31st. We had an amazing
time! Captain Jan was fantastic and we will be coming back again and asking
for her! We got to experience dolphins swimming next to the boat and saw
close to a dozen manatees. Three of which let us spend almost an hour in
the water with them! We will remember this tour forever and will definitely
be telling all our friends and family about you! Thank you for a
Dear Captain Mike,
I had the most AWESOME time on the 6 hour ultimate mantee tour on july 23, 2008. Captain Jan was outstanding and she made sure we had a great time. The other I was with were great people and we all got along great. My husband, who didn't go in the water, served as first mate and helped spot manatees and take pictures! It was an experience I will NEVER forget! Keep up the good work and let more people know that these endangered gentle giants need to be protected! Thanks again!
Debbie and Gordie
dear Capt. Mike,
thank you so much for providing our family the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the manatees. on july, 11, 2008 we took the ultimate manatee tour with capt jan piloting our boat and being the ultimate tour guide on the crystal river. she was professional, knowledgeable, compassionate, friendly and fun. she provided information that made it easy to find and interact with the manatees and understand that we were visitors to their home. the three sisters swim was a beautiful, added bonus. we plan on booking another tour with your company in the winter, and will be requesting capt. jan again as we cannot imagine a better experience.
sincerely, rick, dawn, jill, matt, liz and jason
Good Morning, I just took the ultimate manatee tour with Capt. Jan on June 13, 2008. I cannot explain what a great time we had. You should be very proud to have an employee such as her. She was one of the greatest people I have ever met. She made our day one of the greatest days all of us have ever had in our lives so far. That coming from a 12 year old boy that spend the week at DISNEY. He said he would swim with the manatee again before he would go back to DISNEY. Please let Jan know how much we appreciate all that she did for us. Again it was awesome. If you could give me an address I would like to forward her a Thank You note.
Thank You again & let her know SCUBA STEVE said THANK YOU. (She will know what this means. )
Michele, PJ, Trevor
I have to write and tell you what an absolutely amazing time we had on one of your tours. Captain Jan was SO wonderful. She was professional from the moment she docked the boat to the time of unboarding. My son and I had the experience of a lifetime. I don't think we could do it again and get a better trip. We swam with manatee from the time we hit the water. We never went more than 10-15 minutes without someone swimming by a manatee. My son and I actually swam with them close enough to touch for over an hour. The three sisters springs swim was a joy as well, something out of a dream. Jan made sure we were dry, warm and fed! Our party ranged in ages from 13 to I'm guessing mid-60's and she was able to accomodate everyone. We all left totally thrilled and convinced we'd had an experience of a lifetime. I would highly recommend your firm, and especially Jan! I have cousins that have lived in the Orlando area for over 20 years and have never been, so I'm expecting them to make a trip booking soon.
just wanted to send you a little note to say that my family and I had the most “Awesome” time on Thursday March 27 th with Captain Doreen on the ultimate manatee tour. My kids are 7,8, and 13 and smiled all day because of how much fun they were having. Captain Doreen made our day even that much more special because of her obvious love of those beautiful manatees! I have been fascinated with manatees for a long time and have planned on coming down to Florida to take the tour several time, however never made it until now. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that your tour and Capt. Doreen made our vacation and we will never forget the memories. If we ever make it back to Florida the manatee tour will be at the top of our list of things to do. Keep up the great job that you are doing!
Best regard's Doug, Julie, Alyssa, Amanda, and Matthew
Dear Capt Mike,
Thank you for sending us Captain Doreen to take us on our Ultimate Manatee
Tour yesterday. She was lovely and witty, a delightful lady undisturbed
by the ebullience (and appetites-thank goodness she had a deep stash of
snacks!) of our two sons, 6 & 7. She made sure that we had the best
experience possible, even though the pickings were scarce due to the
weather and winds, she persevered in scouting out the manatees and
provided us with an unforgettable experience that our family will never
forget. We will be sure to recommend you to our friends!
Keep up the efforts to protect these wonderful creatures and educate the
We were on Doreen's houseboat on January 25th. It was
my husband and I and our daughter and one other lady
and her two kids.
I just wanted to let you know that we had the best
time! My daughter decided she didn't like swimming
with the manatees but she still had a great time and
really enjoyed Doreen. Let me just say that Doreen
was an excellent captain, guide and nice person. I
came home and have told everyone what a wonderful
experience we had. We had no idea what to expect and
it far exceeded anything I could have imagined. I
have loved manatees for 20 years and I have always
talked about either swimming with them or going into
the wild to see them. This was the highlight of our
trip to Florida! When we went to Epcot and saw the
manatee there with no tail, we could tell people we
SWAM with a manatee that didn't have a tail.
Again thank you and lunch at Cracker's was great when
Please let Doreen know what an awesome guide she was
for us. I plan on coming back next year!
I just returned from your Ultimate Tour with Jake as our guide. Swimming with the manatees has been a dream of my wife for years and I arranged the tour for our 20 th anniversary. The experience far exceeded all or our expectations. Jake took us to an area away from all the crowds and spent a great deal of time with the manatees. We were very careful not to be too intrusive but they were so playful, we had them around from the time we got in the water until the time we left. We also had a great time with the other couple that was on the tour. We ended up having lunch together afterward and enjoyed a great time.
Most people can look back on their lives and count on one hand the truly special days they have experienced. I would have to say that this was one of those days. Thanks for a great experience and making our 20th anniversary a very special day; we want to come back again and bring our kids. I'm sure we will be calling you again.
Stuart, FL 34994
We are writing to thank you for helping us out after our rental car was towed from Crackers Restaurant during our ultimate manatee tour. This is Deidre and Mary from Wisconsin and we just wanted you to know that we truly did appreciate you assisting us, we really were stranded and it seemed that on that day all the right variables came into play that lead to our car being towed not just to 5 star towing but back to the Orlando airport. All our clothes, camping gear, medicine, etc… was in that car. We only tried to park out of the way at Crackers, there where not any no parking signs so we thought all would be ok. We also owe our thanks to the owners at Crackers. What had been the highlight of our tour, your manatee boat tour, ended with a situation that really had us not only frustrated but left literally stranded with no where to go, we knew no one in the area. So again, thank you for helping us out by paying the tow and getting our car back to us. For everyone we know coming to visit Florida we will mention the amazing experience we had on your boat tour. I don't know what we would have done if you had not agreed to help us. Deidre and Mary Chetek, Wisconsin.
We just completed our tour with Doreen and we wanted to drop a quick note of thanks and congratulations to both yourself and Doreen. My wife and I think you have one of the better / classier tours on the go and we found Doreen to be a fantastic captain and tour guide. Thanks again and a very Merry Christmas to yourself and all your staff.
I just wanted to tell you how great of a time we had on the Ultimate Manatee Tour. We were guests of Capt Doreen on November 30th. All I can say it it was the best experince of our trip to Florida. My husband is still talking about it as well as my twin boys age 8. Capt Doreen was great. We have told 2 of our friends that will be travelling in Florida it is a "must do". Very reasonable for the money. Thank you again for a great family memory. Happy Holiday. Diane B.,Merrimac,MA
We just wanted to let you know how enjoyable our manatee tour was on
November 9th. Capt Doreen was absolutely the most personable and fun
loving guide we could have hoped for. She was knowledgeable and so cordial
that we felt like old friends.
It was an adventure of a lifetime for us and Doreen made it so.
The other couple on board were to say the least, a little full of
themselves and if it had not been for Doreen's pleasant demeanor
we could have easily regretted the company. As it was, we all had a great
time. We chatted with another boat captain, Wayne who photographed us and
said he would get the pic back to Doreen to be forwarded to us. She can
feel free to use this e-address if he does find the time to get the photo
to her. Once again, thank you so much. You can rest assured that we will
recommend you highly to everyone we know. A special Hi to Doreen with much
Randy and Kathy
I felt compelled to send this e-mail. We just completed our tour with
Capt. Doreen on 9/12/07. I just wanted you to know that I think Doreen is the best. She was patient, informative and you can tell that she loves her job and loves the manatees even more. It was such a pleasure to experience her joy for the animals while allowing us to have a great experience. She is very thorough and was great with my wife and I as well as the family of 4 that we shared her boat with that day. Even though it was the "off-season" and the manatee were not as numerous as one would hope - she found them for us, helped us find them with her (by showing us what to look for and such) and she made sure that everyone on the boat got adequate exposure to the animals. We were exhausted by the end of the experience but very satisfied. You will see us back next year - likely late October or early November - and we would very much like to have Doreen as our captain again.
Thank you for the opportunity to see and experience these wonderful
animals by doing what you do. I will forever be "altered" by my experience and have come to a new appreciation for the manatee and their needs for continued survival. Please share my appreciation for your services with Doreen - she really is A-number one!!
Scott J., MD
Van Wert, OH
Dear Captain Mike
When we booked our tour, we expected a wonderful experience that would be a highlight of our three weeks in Florida. Our family is big on marine life, having visited Seaworld; Discovery Cove and Marineland in Niagara Falls - All great experiences, but nothing compared to our experience of swimming with manatees in the wild.
Everything on our tour was just perfect. Captain Dee was absolutely magnificent and a joy to be with. Her knowledge of the area and experience of manatees really contributed to make our tour a complete success and a most wonderful experience.
Captain Dee was very professional, so friendly and just knew so much! If we're asked by friends, what they should do whilst on their holiday in Florida, your ultimate manatee tour will be the very top of our list of recommendations.
We hope to return in the future to experience these wonderful creatures again. Finally, thank you for providing such a magnificent tour and a privileged opportunity to experience Manatees in the wild.
Brian, Gill, Charlotte and Harriett
On August 1st, We took a private tour on your boat to swim with the manatees. We just wanted to let you know that was the best trip ever. Dorean our captain was the best. She actually got in the water with us. You have got the right Captain on that boat. We can see how much she loves the manatees. We will be back and hope that we have her as our Captain. Dorean even took us to the 3 sisters springs. That was beautiful. Thank you very much. Vicki D & Shirley
I just wanted to tell you about our enjoyable experience during our
ultimate manatee tour on
Wednesday, July 25th, 2007. I was very impressed with Dee, her vast
boating knowledge and her
exceptional pleasant personality. Everyone enjoyed the experience
especially myself and my wife,
Kathy. We plan on returning sometime in the winter with our two sons to go
on the tour when the
water is clearer.
I let Dee use my Maui Jim sunglasses and she was able to see the manatees
much clearer in the
water. I know she would really appreciate getting a pair to use at work
and while boating. She is quite
an asset to your operation. Dee found at least ten different manatees for
our group to swim with and
she was very professional and courteous to us and the other boaters. There
was even a group of two
people that we ran into on the water and they remarked how nice and
professional your web site
comes across to everyone who goes onto your web site. I agree, it is a top
notch web site.
I plan on telling my friends of my manatee experience and sharing my
insight with them about your
first class operation. Thank you for providing such an enjoyable and
memorable service with your
manatee tour. I will remember my manatee experience for the rest of my
Dear Capt. Mike, Just had to add our positive comments to the others you get...Capt. Doreen was WONDERFUL and the experience for my son Brian, my wife Elsa and myself was out of this world!!! One manatee was so cooperative that even Elsa, a non swimmer, was able to touch him from the boat as it played the ladder game!!! We WILL come back, hopefully during the winter, and appreciate so much the memories we have been given from this first time!!! Thanks again Doreen and thanks Capt. Mike for making this possible!!! Cal, Elsa and Brian
I just had to e-mail to thank you on behalf of myself and my boyfriend
Stephen. We visited Florida a few weeks ago and spent the most wonderful day out on the Crystal River with Capt. Doreen (or perhaps Dorleen or even Darleen) - the crazy blond one anyway!!!
Stephen had never seen a manatee before but turned out to be the best
'manatee spotter' on the boat. I really cant thank you enough for such a
fantastic experience, and wanted to let you know that we have already
booked our next trip to Florida (this time in the Winter thanks to those
fantastic photos of Manatee tours in Winter time!) and we will be certain
to get straight on the phone to make a reservation with you guys when we get there.
Once again, thank you and see you in November 2008!
Kind regards, Michelle & Stephen
Top Manatee Spotters, England, UK, June 2007
would like to extend my thanks to your staff for a memorable trip. This trip
was truly unforgettable. The experience we had with the manatees was
amazing. Captain Doreen was excellent. She was very good at putting us in an
excellent position for our interaction with the manatees. Again, we would
like to convey our thanks for an amazing time. Enclosed in the email are
several pictures of our experience. There is one of Captain Doreen assisting
Sabrina, Sabrina is on the left and Captain Doreen is on the right. Thank
-James and Sabrina
I just wanted to thank you and Doreen for the most wonderful day I have had in a very long time. My Best Friend popped into town unexpectedly a few days before my Birthday from California to surprise me. We decided to take you private tour to swim with the manatee. What a wonder experience we had.
We enjoyed all the lovely accommodations on your ever so clean house boat. We just could not believe how prepared your Captain Doreen and the boat was for us on the day. ( Coffee, Tea, Soda, Water, Snakes, Wetsuits..........etc.). I have to tell ya, THAT IS THE WAY TO DO BUSINESS!!
Doreen was our Captain for the day and she was cheerful and very knowledgeable. What a great person. She was so wonderful to stay and honor us at lunch which we had forgotten was included as well in the tour.
WE CERTAINLY FELT AS THOUGH WE GOT OUR MONEY'S WORTH AND THEN SOME.
We are looking forward to coming back to Swim with the Manatee with your company.
Best Regards, Kat B
We just wanted to ensure that you know that Doreen made our day trip fantastic! Our swim with the manatees day was the highlight of our 2 week holiday. Thanks Sylvia
Just returned from a Florida vacation having included as part of it an ultimate Manatee Tour with Yourselves(10th April).What a fantastic experience & it was great to get away from the crowds & see another part of the country.Great tour, great boat & please pass our thanks on to the other "Captain Mike". My 10 year old daughter Katie who has been looking forward to theme parks etc for the last 5 months rated this the best part of her vacation. Why people would pay £160 for 15 minutes stroking a trained Dolphin at Discovery Cove when they can interact with these beautiful creatures in their natural environment for a number of hours beats me! & at a fraction of the cost. "3 Sisters" was spectacular. I unreservedly recommend this tour.
Very Best Regards, Helen, Katie & Peter UK
Just wanted to let know what a wonderful trip we had yesterday. Even though the manatees were scarce, we still had a terrific time.
Capt. Wayne did his best to make sure of that. I was the only non-swimmer/diver in our group and figured that my 'manatee experience' would be watching from the boat deck. But Capt. Wayne was very patient with me, and before long - I was snorkeling with the rest of our group!
By the end of the tour, I had been face-to-face with a manatee! What an incredible experience! We all had such a great time and look forward to doing this again in the future!
We had a wonderful trip last August on your Ultimate Manatee tour and have been meaning to forward this picture to you.
It is of our son in the water with the name of the tour in the background....it may be useful for you to use on your website!
It is very cold, damp and windy in the UK at the moment so it cheers us up to look at our holiday snaps.
All the best for the new year.
We were EXTREMELY pleased with our 6 hour private manatee tour we took on 11/27/06. We went out with Captain Doreen who took us on an adventure which far exceeded our expectations. I will recommend this trip to anyone seeking a truly unforgettable experience. I think it's important to state that we now have a greater respect and appreciation for manatees, and all wildlife because we went on your tour. I realize the Florida fish and wildlife dept keeps a close eye on these magnificent creatures and they should know what a truly thought provoking service you provide. They should allow these trips to go on forever, for it was our trip to the manatees that gave us such respect for them. My entire family will now be "manatee protectors" even from here in Maine. Thank you for what you do.
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My name is Jim and my wife and I took the Ultimate Tour on October 9th of this year. As we found out it is early in the migration and the majority of the manatees are still out and about. We had manatees in the water faster than Capt. Wayne had even planned. I have to say we had the one of the best times of our 55 year old lives. We will come back to you and do this again and we have been extolling your tour and the Crystal River area to any one who will listen.
Capt. Wayne is a gem. He is personable, professional, and very passionate. He told what to do, when to do it, and probably most important what to stop doing when we were doing things that were wrong for the manatees. He watched out for us like a mother hen with chicks, and watched out for the manatees constantly. With other boats and swimmers he was always polite and generous.
I am contacting you to say please do not ever consider stopping the Ulimate Tour.
Thanks to you, and Capt. Wayne for a great day we will never forget. We are already trying to figure out how and when we can get back.
Just what to say thank you for a wonderful trip my
daughter and myself took on July 6th, it was fantastic
and we are planning on coming back next year to do it
again. You are a FIRST CLASS OPERATION!!!!
CAPTAIN DOREEN is by far the best captain EVER! My family and I have taken the both the regular manatee tour and the ultimate manatee tour with Captain Mike's Tours. CAPTAIN DOREEN is so real and down to earth that the manatees seemed to relax and let their guards down while playing and going about their manatee business. We were QUITE pleased with both of our tours and will be returning with friends in the early spring. We hope Captain Doreen will be our guide even if we have to book the big boat to accomidate our larger party.
We want to Thank You Captain Mike and give big Thanks to CAPTAIN DOREEN for us!
Sincerely, Dr. P. and Family
I wanted to thank you for the wonderful time that my family (two boys ages 7 and 12, my husband) and I had on March first. We went out on the ultimate Manatee tour and I think that this was the best $400 dollars that we spent during our two weeks in florida. We were so excited to go and see the manatees and the hospitality of our captain and the accomidations on the boat made it perfect. We love the DVD! I think that we have seen it four times allready. The lunch at Crackers was a nice way to tie it all up. Thanks again for the very memorable and exciting day. Thanks again. Kip, Anna, Patrick, and Kreig
I couldn't wait to say "thanks" for the Ultimate Manatee tour. It was the most memorable time of our vacation.
I was a bit apprehensive about the tour because I am a "plus sized girl" and I was terrified of the wet suit. Let me say this to all you girls out there: A wet suit is very forgiving "stretchy" and it is black. What could be better? LOL
OUr guides were CAPT'S DON AND SHAROL and they were very warm and welcoming. I can not imagine ANYONE I would prefer to go out with than these two. They make a great team and compliment each other wonderfully. Captain Sharol piloted the house boat to the perfect spots, where we interacted with so many manatees there was no need to "search" for them. They were hanging off our boat the entire time. Don and Sharol were very caring and concerned about the manatee and you could tell they really loved these helpless creatures. We were advised several times (in a warm and friendly way) that This is the manatee's home and we are the visitors. They instructed us in proper manners when swimming and shared a true respect for the animals.
I heard that this is one of the 10 best "dives" in the world, according to a book out of the UK, however, my husband and I have no dive experience. We soon learned that snorkeling is the best way to join with the manatee, as they are frightened off by the bubbles released from a tank. Captain Don took us out and showed us the springs (three sisters) and along the river. We had as much freedom to interact as we wanted, however following with Don we were guided to the most wonderful places and saw the most amazing things. He took his job very seriously and was always watching out for us. I felt completely safe in the water with him. He even stopped a group of kids from another boat from chasing a smaller manatee. Nicely Done Don!!
I have yet to watch the DVD and may even write again after I do.
All in all....I would ONLY choose Captain Mike's Sunshine tours, and I would strongly advise the "ultimate manatee tour". The cost is not so much more than the big, open boats, but the service, comfort, and individual interaction is PRICELESS. If you get Sharol and Don as guides, you are very lucky indeed.
Don and Sharol: We wish you many wonderful years together , and we are so glad to have spent some time with you.
Joan & Randy
| I just wanted you to know that there is another satisfied customer out here. We viewed your dvd of our daughter swimming with the manatees for the fifth time. Exciting stuff.
We also appreciate your approach to viewing the manatees and we wish you continued success in your eco-education business.
A hearty hello to Captain Mike,
I want to express my gratitude for the exceptional time we had on your VIP Manatee tour. Capt. Sharol and Don not only showed us a great time, they built in us a true understanding and appreciation for the Manatees.
The DVD is precious and continues to wow all that see it!
I hope to see you soon,
Matt (Sharon and Josh)
Thank you for arranging our luxury manatee tour on 11th Jan. Sheryl and Don were great hosts and expert guides - we had a fantastic interaction with the manatees and an exciting snorkel exploration of Three Sisters Spring. The video is an excellent souvenir of what UK divers rightly list as one of the top ten world diving experiences.
My wife and daughter were initially somewhat nervous (as non divers) but thoroughly enjoyed their first experience of snorkelling with Sheryl and Don's friendly encouragement and support. We will definately be booking another tour with you on our next trip to Florida. We look forward to meeting you then - probably Aug 06.
Please thank Sheryl and Don for us - their friendly welcome and good conversation gave us a truly memorable day with the manatees.
Best wishes Neil, Annette & Emma
PS - a British dive expert Monty Halls recently produced a series of TV shows on the top ten dives of the world for UK Channel Five. He included the Manatees of Crystal River & a dive in the springs - I am not sure who his guides were (but suspect it was American Pro Divers). His film was not as good as the video Don took with us - we got more interaction with the manatees and a better dive in the springs.
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Just wanted to say a very BIG thank you to Cheryl & Don for giving us such a great start to our New Year with our very special manatee tour on 2nd Jan.
We thought Crystal River was a fab area - we are real fans of the wonderful manatee and your trip gave us the opprtunity to see them in a really wonderful and very personal settin g as it was just the 6 of us - (plus Cheryl & Don of course!)
The DVD is a great momento of a truly memorable day .
Mary, Andy & Emily. Lesly, Stuart & Michael.
Hi. Just wanted you to know that my brother had the DVD reformatted, so now it's working for him. Thanks for your willingness to service us on this. Plan to bring another brother one of these days when he can get here from Michigan. Sincerely, Sharon
I just had to let you know what a wonderful experience the manatee swim
was! My children and I had a great time. They both said swimming with the
manatees was better than any of the Disney World parks we visited. I can't
tell you how much I appreciate you waiting on us-- especially since we
were delayed with bad directions & a speeding ticket!! In spite of that-
the manatee experience was one of the best we have ever had and a memory
we will always treasure. Thanks for such a great experience.
|Hi Captain Mike,
Happy New Year We had the sincere pleasure of experiencing your ultimate manatee tour on Dec 18th. I just wanted to tell you that we enjoyed every minute. We fell in love with the manatees and will always remember them and our special day. Cheryl took great care of my husband, kids and I. Her love and respect of the manatees was contagious. Your houseboat was warm and comfortable. We hope to be back again sometime.
I just wanted to let you know my family came had a wonderful time. I couldn't come because I get extremely motion sick so my husband bought the dvd of them with the manatee. It was great. Thank you so much. I sure it will be an event they will never forget.
|Dear Captain Mike,
Thank you so much for the trip on Friday. Justin and I had an absolute blast. We loved it and can't thank you enough for the wonderful experience. We are still talking about it and have the wonderful DVD to remind us of the fun we had.
Have a very Happy New Year and we look forward to doing this again next time we visit there.
Sherri & Justin
|Hi Captain Mike,
Our three adult grandchildren are winging their way back to Seattle after having a never to be forgotten experience of swimming with the manatees. I had pulled up information on the tours offered and yours seemed far the best. You delivered on everything promised including manatees everywhere.
It is hard for the elderly to come up with exciting entertainment for the young but, thanks to you, we delivered. My wife and I owe you deep gratitude.
Bob & Dee
Please will you convey our thanks to Capt Cheryl for the wonderful trip we had last Friday (16 Dec), she was warm, friendly, charming and very knowledgeable. We truly did have the 'ultimate' manatee experience I believe there were a record 108 manatees at our location, but it was the quality of the interaction which was most important.
We were involved with 3/4 very friendly manatees and 2 particularly playful young ones who were fascinated by Cheryl's camera and my yellow mask. Because we had the houseboat, we were able to spend a long time in the water and return to warm up indoors when we got cold, and use the invaluable 'restroom' before setting out on another swim after the crowds had gone. Most were asleep or grazing this time, but one of the young ones still wanted to play. We were particularly privileged not only to see a young manatee suckling from his/her mother, but also later a pair mating!
The DVD is a fantastic idea too, as we can now watch the manatees, and us interacting with them for ever. (it did work on our English DVD player after all)
An all round great day. If we ever get the opportunity to swim with the manatees again we will certainly do it this way it is SO much better than the usual boat trip, we got to spend more time with these wonderful creatures, and it is so much warmer and comfortable in every way.
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We hope to see you soon and have a safe trip as always. Capt Mike