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Three Sisters Spring - Crystal River FL


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Three Sisters Spring is a boat accessible fresh water dive site, located in Crystal River, FL. This dive site has an average rating of 3.81 out of 5 from 27 scuba divers. The maximum depth is 16-20ft/5-6m. The average visibility is 31-35ft/9-11m.

Three Sisters is a complex of three spring areas with several large and small vents and sand boils. The springs share a run along a mainly N/S line, with the common run exiting to the main canal between the two lower springs. During winter months manatee can be found in this area.

The best way to access Three Sisters Spring is to rent a boat anywhere along Kings Bay. Go slow the entire way to avoid hitting the manatees that congregate in the area. You can’t take your boat all the way to Three Sisters Spring, so it’s best to anchor near the mouth. After you anchor the boat, snorkel around the mouth of the springs and up into the springs to see the manatees. There are volunteers that watch the area really closely so avoid making loud noises, don’t jump into the water, don’t harass the manatees in any way, or you’ll get a ticket!

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oceanbound - 8/28/2019 11:29 PM
Rating Added: 3
Water was very mucky the time I went
Fritz - 1/25/2016 8:48 PM
I went scuba diving here on 2/25/2010. Average viz: 26-30ft/8-9m.
Saw a baby alligator, what I thought was a tarpon and half dozen manatee.
Fritz - 1/25/2016 8:46 PM
I went scuba diving here on 2/25/2010.
Saw a baby alligator, what I thought was a tarpon and half dozen manatee.
chuckqt - 10/26/2015 2:43 PM
I went scuba diving here on 4/10/2010. Average viz: 41-50ft/12-15m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
KFJ408 - 6/07/2015 7:07 PM
Rating Added: 4
manatees!
crazyred - 1/27/2015 6:06 PM
Rating Added: 3
Awesome vis, very shallow.
Kpgary - 7/13/2014 2:50 PM
I went scuba diving here on 7/13/2014. Average viz: 31-35ft/9-11m. Water temp: 71-75°F/22-24°C.
Nice relaxing very shallow,main spring is only 15 foot deep. Very crowded but was expected for a Sunday. Looking around the shoreline you will see fish and crab. Beautiful photo op.
Kaedan - 8/19/2013 6:35 AM
Rating Added: 4
Good visibility and plenty of fish to see. Gets a bit crowded at times with everyone on tours.
nolegirl - 3/26/2013 6:26 PM
Rating Added: 4
Love this place, was my first kayaking trip last year. We went in the summer so the manatees weren’t in the springs, but the water sure was nice and cold ^_^ Kayaking through the canals we saw a family of dolphins (and a water moccasin, eek).
nkydiver - 9/05/2012 3:57 PM
Rating Added: 5
In the winter months this is only open to snorkelers, but really that is all you need. The springs are relatively shallow and the manatees are plentiful. Just don’t harass the manatees. Leave them alone and let them come to you. We’ve rented pontoon boats in the past but Adventure Diving also runs a nice trip out there and we use them now when we head down.
meltonart - 9/05/2012 4:08 PM
i must add it can get pretty crowded on weekends because the channel is so narrow there only, I recommend going on a week day mid week for smaller crowds and easier navigation of the channel.
Musky_hunter - 1/13/2012 11:34 AM
Stopped in town for about 24 hours, last Feb., on my way back home from Orlando. I stayed at the Best Western and the gentleman working at the dive shop on site was quite helpful, they weren’t taking any boats out the next day but he recommended a place about 3-5 miles down the hwy that rented Kyaks. The next morning I found the place, and the woman working there was very helpful too. It’s about a 10 minute paddle throgh some canals and there you are. My only regrets are that I hadn’t done it sooner, and that I didn’t get any actual diving done down there last year.
Greg - 1/05/2012 4:44 PM
Rating Added: 5
Had a great time snorkeling here. Water was warm near the springs. Wore a 5mm full wetsuit and felt fine for nearly 2 hours. Swam with several manatees.
meltonart - 12/24/2011 10:36 PM
Rating Added: 5
Have made to many snorkeling trips here to count. Beautiful clear water and manatee.:)