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Crystal River Manatee Swim provided by River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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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.
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
  • Guides take photos of you, so you can stay in the moment
  • Opt to purchase a CD of the high-resolution images
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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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Shanell wrote a review Yesterday
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Our family thoroughly enjoyed the manatee swim through River Ventures Tours. Booking was easy; the center is very clean and well-maintained. Transports to and from the dock were short and right on time. Our crew, John and JJ, were amazing. They were friendly and informative,
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Camila R wrote a review May 24
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Great experience, we had a great time, plus the staff is really friendly and always trying to help, very organized and manatee encounter was out of the world, you would literally see them really close and one of them came to me directly to my face and it was the best ever!!
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Date of experience: May 2020
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dheigeshoffman wrote a review May 21
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania4 contributions
Crystal River Manatee adventure swim was awesome. Our tour guide Trish and Captain Wade were very professional, friendly and informative. They took their time with us, answered questions and made us feel very comfortable. We had close up encounters and had a chance to see the
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Date of experience: May 2020
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LWL wrote a review May 20
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My wife and I spent the afternoon with John and JJ and we had a wonderful experience “swimming with the Manatee’. We thought it might be too late in the season to see very many manatee but we not only got to see them, we also got to swim next to them. John and JJ had no problems
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Kat L wrote a review May 20
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JJ, and John were amazing for my friends and I. They we’re patient and understanding with my friends as it was their first time swimming with the manatees! I wouldn’t have wanted any other caption or swimming for my friends to experience the manatees. Definitely made their
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Excellent experience!
River Ventures in Crystal River, Florida provided an excellent experience for us to enjoy while in the area. Our Ca
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Amazing trip with Matt and Mike!
My husband and I decided to book this tour for my son’s birthday. My son is turning two and woke up that day very c
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BEST THING IVE EVER DONE!
3 friends and I came from TN on vacation this week and a local friend sent us this way. LET ME TELL YOU IT WAS THE
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Swimming with the manatee during Covid-19
Our family booked a tour upon the reopening from the Covid-19 shutdown and we were all impressed with the effort
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Mermaids and Manatees Pontoon Tour
We did the Mermaids to Manatees pontoon tour and they did not disappoint!!!! Gloria was friendly and kind helping
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Loved this!
We absolutely loved this and highly recommend River Ventures . My husband can't swim but loved chilling out on the
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Incredible moments!
Although my wife and I are widely travelled nature lovers, this tour was an absolute highlight for us. We enjoyed i
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tnewtona
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Once in a lifetime experience
Caption Wade and Trish are phenomenal♥️ We headed out early and found a mother and calf early on while we enjoye
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Great Day
We had a wonderful boat ride and Manatee Tour. As warm as it has been we did see 2 of them. Our captain Jodi Spauld
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Ath2os
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Manatee swim private tour with 8
An absolute must do! Captain Wade and Trisha were fabulous, knowledgeable guides. They prepared and helped us get c
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Semi-private manatee tour
This experience was amazing. Capt Mike and our guide Taela were very friendly and professional. Mike was great at s
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Swim with manatees
Dave and Shellie were our Captain and guide. They were knowledgeable, friendly and very enjoyable. They both told u
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Michael M
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Highlight of Trip
Troy and JJ were awesome! Within 10 minutes we were in the water with a mother and calf. They educated about the ma
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E5065TOeds
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Great family experience
Knowing we went near the end of manatee migrating season, the captain ,Gavin, and the guide, Heidi, went out of the
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Storyteller748201
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Exceptional Experience
My daughter and I had an amazing adventure with Troy and Heidi. They provided a wonderful educational outlook on t
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, and 1 more
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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