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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

  • See and swim with manatees if they're spotted
  • Ride in a luxury pontoon boat that's heated in winter 
  • Fully narrated tour reveals little-known info 
Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
From US$94.00
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10:45am Departure; 4 hour tour
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6:45am Departure: 4 hour tour

On this quintessential Florida adventure, you'll observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Florida’s Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Cruise the Crystal River in a luxury pontoon boat that is fully enclosed and heated during winter (the best time to see the manatees). This small-group experience is designed to view the animals without disturbing them. Plus, if manatees are spotted, you'll slip on your fins and snorkel and swim alongside them. 

What to Expect

Make your own way to a designated meeting point,  where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the day’s itinerary and go over rules for snorkeling with the manatees. Slip on a wetsuit and board a covered pontoon boat (in the winter, it’s fully enclosed and heated).

As you slowly enter into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for birds, fish, and other wildlife who call the area home. If manatees are spotted, you can slip into the water with them, staying at a respectful distance all the while.

The best time to see the manatees is in the winter when they cluster in the warmer upstream waters of the reserve. An underwater photographer snaps shots throughout the day, and you can purchase photos or DVDs of your experience once back at the Manatee Center.

Reviews (71)
1 - 5 of 62 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
manatee visit

We had an amazing day swimming with the manatees and swimming in the crystal clear springs. We had the vip trip with John.S and Tom. They were so friendly and informative. A great experience.

Thank Bigjoneill
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing, personalized experience for the family!

Swimming with Manatees was planned as the highlight of our family trip to Florida. We traveled a long way to Florida This tour was everything expected and more, The service was so personal and friendly, it felt like we were with old friends. The Captain...More

Thank MalcolmB1320
Reviewed September 6, 2018
love the manatee

I love water and Manatee. This is the best of both worlds. with everything provided I was in heaven.

Thank Jimmy W
Reviewed August 7, 2018
The highlight of our trip!

We took the VIP tour with Heidi and Captain Wade, we loved it. It was such a personalized experience for us as a family. We have 2 young girls, 6 and 3 yo and both had a wonderful time. It wasn't the height of the...More

1  Thank hk123_10
Reviewed July 3, 2018
Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!

My family visited Crystal River with the hope of swimming with manatees, but knowing that we may not because of the time of year. Well, this tour with Captain Laura, Sheena and Gavin, was by far the highlight of our vacation! The whole crew was...More

1  Thank vivkidd
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Response from Dave F | Reviewed this property |
They give you three options on the photos, around $27 for the disc, $34 for the USB, and around $40 for the on-line album. They also provide floating aids for everyone in the water, no extra charge.
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