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Crystal River Manatee Swim

  • 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
Crystal River Manatee Swim
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9:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
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10:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
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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.
Reviews (275)
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Reviewed today
Incredible Experience

After lots of research three of us decided to book on to the 3-hour Manatee Swim Tour with River Ventures, and were very much looking forward to this experience. And wow, we weren't disappointed. We drove from Lake Buena Vista for this tour and although...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stevennash_123
Reviewed yesterday
Amazing experience

So, we were unlucky with it being hot so not many manatees- such is the nature of wildlife. The company were upfront about it and of course we don't hold it against them. Our first trip with Captain Tanner was great- he worked really hard...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Victoria O
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Mother/Daughter Vacation

Another Amazing Experience while enjoying a vacation in Florida with my daughter! We not only saw a mommy and her baby, 3 big pregnant manatees, a sleeping manatee, a turtle, all kinds of fishes, but our guide JJ was so helpful, and informative! I learned...More

Thank shawnzie2000
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
What a great experience!

This trip has been on my bucket list since my mom moved to the area two years ago and me and my 10 year old daughter finally made it today. We went on the 6:15 trip out this morning , which is the first trip...More

Thank greeneggsnhamm
Reviewed 6 days ago
Great manatee viewing

We took the grandkids to see manatees and they loved it. With the viewing docks you can really get a great view when they swim under the dock you are standing on. Unbelievable how large these animals are.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank E M
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January 14, 2019|
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Response from J8664PQmichaelt | Reviewed this property |
They can go on the boat but speak to river ventures if they want to get in the water I'm sure they can help you out
December 14, 2018|
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Response from _paul_j_kilgore | Reviewed this property |
I think that they have that option! Not sure what it costs more ghetto be the same as a swimmer. I would call them and ask very helpful and accommodating
December 14, 2018|
Response from J8664PQmichaelt | Reviewed this property |
My self and family where in the water for three hours im sure can spend what ever time you want to in the water I paid for three hours I was in water for three hours they do four hours as well after that I’m not sure but ask... More