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    It's called Crystal River for a reason, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the warm spring fed waters where many West Indian Manatees call home.
    Located just 1.5 hours West of Orlando, you'll meet your guide who will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge which is known as the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.
    After checking in at the tour center you will watch a brief video about the manatees, go over the rules of swimming and how to interact in a manner that is fun for both you and the manatees. You are then fitted for a wetsuit to prepare you for your snorkeling adventure. Your guides will photograph the highlights of your entire manatee swim tour from start to finish, both above and below the water. Upon returning to the tour center, a high-resolution picture CD containing images from your manatee tour will be available for you to purchase if desired.
    Please note: early morning departures are the best time to swim with the manatees. For a speedier check-in process it is advised that you have your swimsuits on under your clothes. Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    Gloria and Emerson were great and we had a fantastic time. They knew where to go and to find manatees, although summer is migration season. We found a mum and a big baby, then we also found a small baby sleeping. He woke up and...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 265marziaf
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    River Ventures got us in and on the boat in no time. We learned how to swim and move like manatees not humans to ensure the best experience. Captain Mike and Jose were awesome from beginning to end making sure we got up close and...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Charles A
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Floating with these massive gentle manatees is an experience we will never forget! Our teenagers are wayyyy into Aquatic life and animals and they were truly moved by the experience. Tour guide Jose and Captain Mike are completely knowledgeable and got us straight to the...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank CWKTravelers
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    The entire staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. I called ahead of time with some questions and spoke to a wonderful woman named Rachel. She answered all of my questions and even gave some extra advice about bringing my own gear. When we arrived everyone...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Sarah D
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our first time swimming with the manatees, we got to see some, even in the off season. It was worth it. Would definitely like to do again during the cooler months when there are an abundance of them. We got to see a mom and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank toadskin78
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    Response from Fatboy04 | Reviewed this property |
    Absolutely....they give you a little float and the water isn’t really deep, you can get out of the water and get back in, and with someone in the water and the captain on the boat watching out it is safe.
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