Plantation Inn Marina
About Plantation Inn Marina
Crystal River, home of the West Indian Manatee, is one of the most popular freshwater dives in the world. Divers from around the world have enjoyed the fresh water springs unique to this part of Florida, the ideal spot to swim with manatees. The springs flow from underground and boil to the surface pumping millions of gallons of water daily, generating a force that opened caverns that vent in the floor of the river. The water is pure and temperature is a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit, creating ideal DIVING conditions year round.
Crystal River is the “winter home” of the largest concentration of manatee’s in North America (up to 350 in the winter time). In their book: Manatees, On Location, Kathy and Tara Darling describe Crystal River as follows:
“Each winter hundreds of giant gray mammals migrate from the Gulf of Mexico up Florida’s Crystal River to the warmth of its hot, fresh water springs. The massing of the manatees is a world-class wildlife spectacle… While some locations were interesting study sites, none even came close to Crystal River as a photo location… in this pocket wilderness only a few yards from the edge of town, the wild manatees allow humans to swim among them to observe or photograph eating, playing and even mating behaviors."