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Swim with Manatees Adventure provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 20-06-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20-06-17 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
Highlights
  • 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
  • The on-site docks feature a heated changing facility with showers
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Coffee and/or Tea, Hot chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 14 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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James Johnson wrote a review Yesterday
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John was our guide and Memphis our Captain. This was the best tour. John got us in the best places and was very knowledgeable. Memphis also told the riders info on the manatees. When it was time to return, we were provided coffee or hot chocolate and towels.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Anna C wrote a review Yesterday
Destin, Florida9 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a blast with Capt Loupy & Jessica today! Worth it! They were great guides & would 100% go again. We saw manatees, snook & other fish. The spring was Beautiful. Thank you guys for making this a great adventure, we will definitely be back!
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Natalie wrote a review Jan. 16
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Dustin and John were fantastic! Dustin paid equal attention to all guests, making sure we all had a one on one experience with a manatee. We saw plenty!! This was my first time snorkeling and in a wetsuit and Dustin helped me get accustomed. I’m actually considering leaving my
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Jessica L wrote a review Jan. 15
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Outstanding excursion and guides. Take the early morning option (7 am) as it is more optimal for manatee interaction.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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JJ I wrote a review Jan. 15
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We had a fantastic time. With captains Lupe and mermaid Jessica as our tour guides we weren’t steered wrong. Very informative before you get in the water. It was fun and we saw a lot of manatees.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Warmiljan
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Fun scenic tour
Great tour. Educational and entertaining narration. Had this experience on 1/17/21 @ 2:30 with Rebecca and captain
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849tessam
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Must Do!
We visited Plantation Adventure Center with our 4 kids for an early morning manatee swim. Captain Mike & Courtney
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Meaj99
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incredible once in a life time opportunity
From start to finish a professional fun experience. Capt Lupe and mermaid Jessica were awesome providing informatio
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millians61
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Experience of lifetime !
John amd Memphis are wonderful John was so patient and kind during the snorkeling trip he was a hands on guide and
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TanAdventure
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Request Capt. Loopy and Mermaid Jessica (they're the best!)
We had an amazing adventure peacefully swimming with manatees! Capt. Loopy and his mermaid Jessica taught us so muc
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Bravotraveler
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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure
Captains John and Dustin were fantastic!! We had a short boat ride to where the Manatees were during our mid Janu
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Thatguyoverthere2319
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Absolutely Incredible!!!
Swimming with the manatees is an absolute blast!!! They were incredibly friendly and loved to munch on our long hai
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DayTrip790843
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Best Birthday Present Ever
Swimming with the manatees is one of the top shelf life events and the Plantation on Crystal River Adventure Center
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Suzanne P
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Manatee tour
Wonderful tour. This was a private tour with 7 people. The wetsuits were extra thick and well maintained, snorkel
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kotting00
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Captain Loopy & Mermaid Jessica are the best!
I went on a semi private tour with Captain Loopy and Mermaid Jessica. My family had visited the plantation back 3 y
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Katharine C
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Best Day Ever!
My parents, brothers and I had a stellar day learning and interacting with the manatees thanks to John and Laura. T
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jonejw
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Pleasant, peaceful, and excellent guide
Manatees and more manatees. The guide was awesome and the captain navigated wonderfully. Very impressed and very af
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E9350SEsarahj
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Great experience
I recommend to book a semi private Tour to avoid the crowds. It is amazing how close you can get to the manatees
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13JamesC
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Manatee above water tour
My wife and I took the 2:30 PM eco tour. It lasted about 1.5 hours and was very informative. Lupe and his Little Lu
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rebeccabN6836UA
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Great experience
My boyfriend and I went on another manatee tour in the early fall, and we really enjoyed this trip much better. Cou
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Plantation Adventure Center
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
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  • Languages Offered: English
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