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Florida Springs & Crystal River
January 12-16, 2012

COST: $549 per person (with transportation)
$465 (driving down on your own)

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Y-kiki Divers has put together a fun winter getaway trip to Florida to visit the manatees January 14-16 weekend. We'll depart St. Louis Thursday evening arriving at our first dive destination of the trip, Devil's Den, Friday morning! Then it's southbound to Crystal River to see the manatees and dive Three Sisters, King Springs & Rainbow River. On our return, we'll make a stop at famous Ginnie Springs before trucking our way back to St. Louis.

Not yet certified? Get your PADI Open Water certification now!
Complete the classroom and pool portion of your training and finish up the dives on the Florida Springs & Crystal River Dive Trip!

Been wanting to become a Rescue Diver?
Complete the classroom and pool portion of your training and finish up the dives on the Florida Springs & Crystal River Dive Trip!

Sign up, too, for the unique PADI Manatee Awareness Specialty certification. Learn all about these special animals, their habitats and how we can protect their future. Classroom presentation prior to trip and two dives on the Florida Springs & Crystal River Dive Trip. It's a fun and educational souvenir of your weekend getaway. This Specialty course certification also counts as one of five Specialty certifications required for Master Scuba Diver certification. Take the Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

Destination Profile

Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge is comprised of 20 islands and several small parcels of land surrounded by the crystal clear, spring fed waters of Kings Bay, located about 75 miles north of St. Petersburg, FL, in the town of Crystal River, FL, and is accessible only by boat.

The refuge aids in preserving Florida's most significant naturally occurring warm water refugium for the manatee and provides critical habitat for approximately 25 percent of the nation's endangered Florida manatee population.

Six hundred million gallons of fresh water flow daily from more than 30 natural springs. The temperature of the water flowing from the springs remains a constant 72° F.

The warm water is what attracts the large seal-like manatees during cooler weather when temperatures in open water fall. Being a tropical animal, manatees cannot survive long periods in water temperatures below 68°F. By late December, over 100 of these giant "seacows" will have congregated around the springs in Kings Bay. The refuge is critical habitat for 15 to 20 percent of the U.S. manatee population and is one of six naturally occurring warm water refugia in Florida, places with climates unaffected by outside changes.

Click here for the GORP review of Crystal River.

Find out more about the manatees in Florida HERE.

Click for Crystal Springs, Florida Forecast

Trip includes:
• Roundtrip transportation
• Accommodations (double occupancy)
• All entry and boat fees
• Tanks, weights & air fills

Trip does not include:
• Meals
 Personal items & gratuities
• Rental equipment

COST: $549 per person (with transportation) and $465 (driving down on your own)

*6 people minimum required for trip to run. Single room rates will be charged extra. A $150 deposit required to hold your space. Balance is due in full by Jan. 2, 2012.

We strongly recommend travel insurance.

Contact Valerie Elliott at 314-469-8722.


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