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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
Swim with Manatee Adventure!
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This is our regular snorkel tour for those who like to sleep in a little!
Early Morning
This is our one of our first tours of the day and manatees are early risers!!!
Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay.

Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided.

As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers.

The tour ends at the starting point.
Reviews (170)
1 - 5 of 168 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Worth every second - nothing like seeing these gentle creatures underwater!

We had a wonderful time with Captains Lance and Steve. They were super knowledgeable, patient, and worked hard to make sure everyone felt comfortable and had a close (natural) encounter with these gentle sea mammals. We had three small kids in our group, and they...More

Thank Erin C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a wonderful morning we had with Captains Steve and Lance. A once in a life time trip to swim with the manatees. They happened to find a momma manatee with her baby. While momma fed on grass baby had nothing to do but play...More

Thank garry b
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Manatee Magic

Went snorkeling manatees today. It was a magical afternoon. Captains Ross and Ed were gracious hosts. They helped out from wet suit assistance to guidance in the water and great stories shared. They were conscientious and of great help to a girl from Montana. Thanks,...More

Thank Barb A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great trip with pros

We had luck to have the opportunity to meet 8 manatees. The crew was professional, the gear was great and in good condition and there was coffee on the boat. Since we started at 7am this was a great plus. The only thing that bothered...More

1  Thank Pawel B
Reviewed September 10, 2018
Once In A Lifetime

What a great trip! A few weeks ago I asked a friend if she had any interest in swimming with manatees. She was and so was her adult daughter. So it ended up being a girls overnight trip. We stayed at The Plantation , where...More

Thank OlivejuiceME
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garry b
September 16, 2018|
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Response from OlivejuiceME | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Hold on to it tight! Our captain said hes found a few on the bottom of the river.
July 17, 2018|
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Response from CRona3 | Reviewed this property |
When we went in March, the water was freezing.... So we wore the wetsuits they provided...the water was so clear and perfect. We saw about 20 manatees each day we went out.
July 5, 2018|
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Response from 805rigoe | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, it's in a fairly remote area. The only way I am aware of is to drive there.
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