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Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide provided by Gulf Coast Expeditions

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 20-10-23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Small group Manatee snorkeling tour with in water guide
All tours are small group, 6 people or less. Custom private tours are available for parties not comfortable with sharing a boat with other groups.
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Updated 20-10-23 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Swim with manatees in Crystal River on this guided snorkeling tour. Get the chance to be up close with the West Indian Manatees that are attracted to the river's freshwater springs. Learn about their natural habitat and watch them swim and feed. Plus find out how to safely interact with the manatees before heading into the water.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Twin Rivers Marina
    2880 N Seabreeze Point, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
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  • 1
    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Gulf Coast Expeditions
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    Twin Rivers Marina
    2880 N Seabreeze Point, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Experience manatees underwater with the use of snorkeling gear
  • Learn about Florida's native wildlife up close
  • Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are provided
  • Warm drinks are served on board the boat
Important Information
Departure Point
Twin Rivers Marina, 2880 N Seabreeze Point, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuits
  • Coffee and hot cocoa
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Entry/Admission - Gulf Coast Expeditions
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 6 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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Bdsqr wrote a review Mar. 1
New York City, New York51 contributions54 helpful votes
Great crew and small group size make for a personal experience. The crew takes the time to learn everyone’s name and talk to all the guests. The small group size (no more than 6) ensures people are not on top of each other either on the boat or in the water. They worked hard to
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Date of experience: February 2021
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seck1 wrote a review Mar. 1
Gurnee, Illinois2 contributions
Excellent time. Ron and Lauren worked hard to find a manatee since the weather has not been cooperative. Find one they did and Lauren made sure we all saw it and swam along near it. They took us to Three Sisters Springs and it was really beautiful. Highly recommend
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denice f wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Great experience! Being in the water with manatees was a long-awaited event. We floated on top of the water and the manatees swam underneath us, but very close. We saw several mommas with calves. Impossible to photograph a whole manatee when we were so close, they are enormous!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Doug W wrote a review Feb. 2021
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This has long been a bucket-list item of mine and it did not disappoint! The crew from Gulf Coast Expeditions met and exceeded all expectations. I had a wonderful time and strongly recommend their small group tours!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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nmctelos wrote a review Feb. 2021
Miami, Florida11 contributions1 helpful vote
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Captain Ron and Lauren were fantastic. They were attentive (and patient!) with our 5 & 6 yo kids. All equipment was well-maintained, boat clean and hot chocolate/ coffee were greatly appreciated upon return to boat. Recommend budgeting $30 for photo flash drive.
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crazyconnery
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Magical
Let’s just say, I’m over 70 and no lightweight at all, but Lauren fitted me easily with a wet suit and never had a
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thekcbatman
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Best place ever
This was one of the highlights of our vacation. Captain Ron and Lauren are amazing people and very friendly and pro
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jeanneh352
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Up close manatee encounter
Our guide, Lauren was so sweet and helpful. She made sure we saw plenty of manatees up close. She was friendly and
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Pennys1221
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An exceptional experience!
This intergenerational group thoroughly enjoyed our time with Ron and Lauren. Despite a frigid morning (Dec 26, 20
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Greg C
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Great tour and value
If you're booking to snorkle with the manatees then go no further than Gulf Coast Expeditions. Ron and Lauren are f
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X3856YIlorih
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EXCELLENT family adventure!
We had a fantastic fall day with Captain Ron and Lauren. They are both fun and professional. They accommodated our
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ggrossman70
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Manatee encounter
This was more than I could have ever imagined! Capt. Ron and Lauren were super friendly and very informative. I c
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Kmclghln
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Great Charter- Best experience
Great scalloping trip with Captain Ron & Lauren. We are from Tampa and have previous experiences with scalloping, b
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V3536XWannab
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U-Pick Scallops
This trip was amazing! Ron and Lauren took us on a 40 minute boat ride into the Gulf to pick Scallops. They are so
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887danap
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Many manatees
Captain Ron was a gracious host making us feel very welcome! My husband, my 79 year old mother and I took a wonderf
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lkpeterson19
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Had a great time!
Took a 10 am tour and had a great time! It ended up being a private tour with just my sister & me due to coronaviru
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Peta A
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WOW! An amazing experience
We booked the 6.30 trip and later realised it was the morning after the clocks went forward! We dragged ourselves o
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S9589MMjuliew
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Swimming with Manatees
Captain Ron and guide Lauren did an absolutely fantastic job! They were both very knowledgeable and made every effo
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krystalc3737
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The Best Manatee Tour Ever!
This tour greatly exceeded my expectations! I am a homeschool teacher that took three sixth grade students (and my
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Delores E
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Great experience
5 of us went swimming with the Manatees with Captain Ron and Lauren. It was fantastic! 2 of the people were very ne
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