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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River

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2 adults
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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.
Swim with Crystal River manatees on a private snorkeling tour that’s designed to get you as close to the manatees as possible without disturbing them. Exploring Crystal River in a private boat means you can move more quietly than on group tours, creating ideal conditions where manatees can comfortably approach you in the water.
  • Private snorkeling tour in King's Bay for a more personal manatee experience
  • Heated changing facility and towel service ensure a comfortable outing
  • Includes wetsuits, snorkeling gear, and hot drinks
  • Two convenient morning departure times available
What to Expect
Make your way to Plantation on Crystal River, where you meet your guide and get suited up in a provided wet suit in the heated changing facilities. Cruise into the manatee habitat in the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs, and then slip into the water when manatees are sighted. Coffee, hot chocolate, and dry towels are available on the boat, and the in-water guide will take videos and photos throughout the tour (available for purchase). In colder weather, manatees are even more plentiful, and the boat is fully enclosed during the winter months. Interaction with the manatees is limited to “passive observation” to ensure your manatee encounter doesn’t harm the fascinating, slow-moving creatures, and this tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of Full 5mm wet-suits (for extra warmth), Mask & Snorkels
  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide!
  • Boat Coats for cold mornings!
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Tessa M wrote a review Yesterday
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We visited Plantation Adventure Center with our 4 kids for an early morning manatee swim. Captain Mike & Courtney were fantastic! They walked us through ever step & made certain the kids were comfortable & excited. We couldn't be happier with the experience! Everyone had an
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Date of experience: January 2021
Brent Arnold wrote a review Jan. 11
Napa, California1 contribution
Swimming with the manatees is an absolute blast!!! They were incredibly friendly and loved to munch on our long hair! I was hugged by one and had plenty of others come crazy close and want belly rubs 🥰 the staff were very nice and informative and the overall experience was very
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Date of experience: January 2021
DayTrip790843 wrote a review Jan. 9
23 contributions
Swimming with the manatees is one of the top shelf life events and the Plantation on Crystal River Adventure Center was awesome in supporting this experience. More than 1.5 hours in the water (private tour), we were able to see nearly 50 manatees on the move as well as half a
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Date of experience: January 2021
Kaeleigh Otting wrote a review Jan. 8
Plainwell, Michigan1 contribution
I went on a semi private tour with Captain Loopy and Mermaid Jessica. My family had visited the plantation back 3 years ago and swam with the manatee before but we rented a pontoon boat the first time and went alone. When we visited this time it was New Years so no boats were
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Katharine C wrote a review Jan. 7
Arlington, Virginia3 contributions4 helpful votes
My parents, brothers and I had a stellar day learning and interacting with the manatees thanks to John and Laura. They were total pros and kept all five of us engaged and laughing. Following the manatee adventure they kept us warm with delicious cups of “Manatee Mocha” and
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Date of experience: January 2021
About the operator

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By: Plantation Adventure Center
Awesome experience
John was our guide and Memphis our Captain. This was the best tour. John got us in the best places and was very kno
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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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Amazing trip!
We had a blast with Capt Loupy & Jessica today! Worth it! They were great guides & would 100% go again. We saw mana
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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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Safe, fun and many manatees !
Dustin and John were fantastic! Dustin paid equal attention to all guests, making sure we all had a one on one expe
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Outstanding experience
Outstanding excursion and guides. Take the early morning option (7 am) as it is more optimal for manatee interactio
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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 i
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Excellent tour by Lupe and Jessica
What a fantastic way to celebrate the morning of New Years Eve! We booked a swim at 10:30 and were lucky enough to
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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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An Unforgettable Adventure
We went on the Swim with the Manatees tour 3 days ago and can’t stop talking about it! Captain Mark and Captain Lau
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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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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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Our family experience swimming with the manatees was beyond expectations. Mark and Ed took us on a wonderful journe
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Suzanne P
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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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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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Plantation Adventure Center
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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