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Crystal River Manatee Swim

Highlights
  • Chance to swim with the manatees under the direct supervision of a guide
  • Learn about their biology and behavior, plus efforts to protect them
  • Get expertly fitted for a wet suit, mask, and snorkel
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Crystal River Manatee Swim
US$68 per adult
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7:15am Departure
7:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
US$67.84 per adult
8:15am Departure
8:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
US$67.84 per adult
11:15am Departure
11:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
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Overview

Get in the water with Florida's endangered manatees on this snorkeling tour to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with several time options to suit your schedule. With your guide's careful supervision, you'll safely swim and snorkel around these slow-moving giants and learn about their biology and behavior, as well as the conservation efforts that protect them. Pack light, as your wet suit, snorkel gear, and mask are provided.

What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at the tour office, located in downtown Crystal River. Multiple times are available throughout the day; early morning tours offer the best times to swim with the manatees.

Watch a video about the manatees and get an introduction to the rules of swimming safely around these endangered animals. Get fitted with a mask and wet suit to ensure the best possible conditions for your wildlife adventure.

Slip into the water and float weightlessly near the large creatures, who are known to swim slowly and forage on the river's bottom for sea grass meals. While you swim, your guides will take photographs of you, both above and below the water, so you’ll have plenty of memories to share but can stay focused and in-the-moment.

Back at the office, you can opt to purchase a CD of your high-resolution images.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
AMAZING!! Highly recommend

Our family went on this manatee tour in the summer, when there is less manatees. We had Jody as our guide and Tanner as our captain. They were absolutely amazing! We had a great time with the manatees and they did an excellent job getting...More

1  Thank Haley B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Wonderful experience! Looking forward to another time!

From beginning to end was truly a wonderful time. The staff was kind, helpful and gave great advice to have a wonderful "bucket list" experience. Captain John B and guide Emerson greatly aided in giving our whole family a fun, and exciting experience.More

Thank 3morecakes
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

John B and Emerson are champs! They will deliver an awesome adventure rain or shine!! We take the responsibility to deliver a 'bucket list experience' seriously, so everyday is like a new day for us. You traveled long distances and planned well in advance so...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing Time! Highlight of our vacation!

Dave (our captain) and Tom were so much fun and knowledgeable. Even off season we swam with Manatees for a long time! We even got to visit with a mom and baby! They were fantastic in guiding us while in the water to stay with...More

Thank EllieandJohn
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Our goal IS to be the highlight of your vacation! We want you to remember long after you leave and share memories with friends and families to relive the experience again and again! We believe that EXPERIENCES are key to real happiness....and a manatee snorkel...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Not as good as last time......

Ive done this tour once before and it was fantastic.....this time we turned up on a very rainy day, again the reception staff were very welcoming and friendly. We went out on a boat with two guides (cant recall their names) but felt they weren't...More

Thank dolphin0fm6
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so sorry that you were disappointed with your encounter this time around!! Personally it makes me very sad as you cared enough to come back and see us...you were even generous enough to give us 5 stars even though it wasn't as good...More

Reviewed June 13, 2018
Such an amazing time!

I had such an amazing time on the water with Captain Rhonda and Guide JJ. We saw some turtles, birds, fish and lots of manatees, even a mama with her baby! Captain Rhonda knew all the great places to see the manatees. I can not...More

Thank OneidaScofield
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mae402018
July 18, 2018|
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Response from Paige C | Reviewed this property |
We went in March and saw about 25-30 manatees. We did see some babies. It was in the 70's during that week. The wet suit keeps you comfortable in the water, but there were a few people that got out early due to the cold... More
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Caroline Y
May 7, 2018|
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Response from BradleyTNYC | Reviewed this property |
My boat was the covered / heated boat and it was me, three other guests, the captain, and of course our guide. I think a few more people could have fit in the boat. But you spend most of your time in the water anyway. Hope... More
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Erik P
May 2, 2018|
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Response from Paige C | Reviewed this property |
I would say 3 hours. We were in the water for about 2 hours, but most of the people in our group got out of the water before then. One couple had children so they got out early and another couple got out early because the... More
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