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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!
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Early Morning
This is our one of our first tours of the day and manatees are early risers!!!
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Our Regular snorkel tour at the 2:00pm Time slot!
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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 (218)
1 - 5 of 216 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
AMAZING Time! Will come back.

My boyfriend and I recently participated in the snorkeling with the manatee adventure here at Plantation and it was by far one of the COOLEST things we've done in our lives. Everything about the trip was great. We chose toe 6:30 AM tour, as the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank FLAdventurista
Reviewed 2 days ago
Women who Swim with the Manatees.

Knowledgeable, friendly captains-5mm wetsuits and hot chocolate! I’ve done the manatee swim with a less expensive outfit and it was not worth it. . I will always choose Plantation. Capt Misty and Amanda were relaxed professional and knowledgeable. I could do this every month! So...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank WolfgangKayaks
Reviewed 3 days ago
Awesome experience!!

We had a great time with Captain Misty Kelly and Steve as they guided us on our tour to swim with the manatees. Fun for everyone of all ages. Highly recommend if you're in the area.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lupd55
Reviewed 5 days ago
Swimming with the manatees

Our captains Mark and Dustin were wonderful. Mark took us to a great spot and Dustin swam with us and led us to many close up encounters! We were very excited to see so many manatees. We got great close-ups and amazing photos. It was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jmfl7
Reviewed 1 week ago
Simply amazing!

Looking for a genuine delight, look no further than Plantation Adventure Center. Experienced and informed Captains that make your outing a day that you will never forget. Great with individuals that are new to snorkeling or uncomfortable in the water. Ask for Captains Ross and...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dee H
November 26, 2018|
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Response from laurab712 |
Mijn man is ook niet het water ingegaan. Hij vond $40,- niet echt de moeite waard. Je vaart een klein stukje en ligt dan vooral stil omdat de zwemmers bezig zijn.
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Weixin L
November 20, 2018|
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Response from gbenn76 | Reviewed this property |
Glasses don't fit very good under the mask. You really don't need to swim as the suit you have on makes you float very good but they also have other things to make you float. Go have fun you won't regret it.
October 31, 2018|
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Response from ecseps | Reviewed this property |
Yes - a young playful manatee visited with everyone....was amazing