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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge provided by River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-06-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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.
  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • 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
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • 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 10 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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Ann C wrote a review Jan. 16
Homosassa, Florida1 contribution
We were not happy with this trip. We love the manatee and crystal river, it did not seem like they care about the environment just getting paid.
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Date of experience: November 2020
Jessica M wrote a review Jan. 7
1 contribution
Very patient and laid back. I cannot swim and was anxious to do this excursion. Chip and Sky made the experience worth it and made me feel like I didn't miss out, especially when I wanted to quit right from the beginning. The package for pictures is a great deal. Chip took
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Date of experience: January 2021
Obkidsx3! wrote a review Jan. 6
Davenport, Iowa2 contributions
We went snorkeling with the manatees. The office staff was great as well as Captain wade and Trish. We will be telling all our friends if they are in the area they need to do this
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Maggie wrote a review Jan. 5
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I had the most amazing trip floating around with the manatees today. The entire staff was great from the minute we walked through the door. We had the two best guides, Chip & Sky, who were so knowledgeable about manatees and Crystal river. They were so sweet and took us to the
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Ben wrote a review Jan. 4
Indiana2 contributions
Our family of 5 (teenage aged) did the 8:15 tour on December 30th 2020. From the time we arrived and put on our wetsuits to swimming and getting back was all a top-notch experience! I highly recommend Captain Wade and guide Trish...they took us to a spot just before the Three
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Date of experience: December 2020
About the operator

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By: River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
Experience of a life time
We had an amazing time swimming with the manatees, the water was perfect to see so many. Our guides were Wade and
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Great manatee trip!
Our family went out with Wade and Trisha and they were the best! They knew all the best places to go and were super
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James C
Best outfitter for tours in Crystal River, FL.
Sky and Chip are amazing! You should join in on the experience with them as guides. You cannot go wrong with this o
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No matter where your staying in Florida, this is worth the drive!
My husband travels a lot for work, so we only get to take one family vacation a year and we picked Florida this tim
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It was fun to swim around and Brie the manatees
This trip was amazing five stars I would do it again the only problem was the scuba mask but I think that was just
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Captain Mike and Dustin provided the BEST Manatee Snorkel
Loved the pictures Dustin took! (One attached) Captain Mike took us to our requested location Three Sisters Spring
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Donna M
Amazing up close encounter with manatees
This was an excellent way to spend an afternoon. We had Trish as our guide and Wade for our captain. They were both
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Great people and amazing experience!
Did this activity with my 19 year daughter and two of her friends. So awesome to be able to swim with these gentle
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Family Fun Day So glad we purchased the private create your own day. We enjoyed the manatee, snorkeling, and bay cruise
Our guides greeted us with a smile and assisted us from start to finish! Great conversations, very knowledgeable, a
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Shannon P
So glad we went!
I have wanted to go on a manatee excursion for a while. After reading several reviews and chatting with the staff,
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Great guides, great time
The six of us (4 adults and 2 kids) snorkeled with manatees at 3 sisters spring out of crystal river. Did a 6:30am
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Wonderful experience
Did the private houseboat tour with my kids in December to celebrate my birthday. We went to the early morning tour
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Manatee encounter
What a fun and wonderful experience!! Gloria and Hailey were awesome and made the trip so fun for our family! I ev
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Manatees-Cool Pictures-NOT
We did get to see a few manatees on our tour, none of them came close enough to touch unfortunately, still neat non
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Unforgettable & safe bucket list item checked!!!
Online sign-up was a breeze and quick. I picked this tour for the limited number of (6) people and this company bec
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