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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

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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
Florida’s Crystal River, with its warm springs, is one of the best-known spots for viewing and snorkeling with manatees. On this small-group manatee adventure you swim with West Indian manatees on a boat tour that gets you up close and personal with these friendly mammals. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included, as are warm drinks and dry towels for maximum comfort.
Highlights
  • Swim and snorkel with the gentle West Indian manatees in Kings Bay
  • Small group tour allows for face-to-face interaction with the manatees
  • Wetsuits, mask, snorkels, towels, hot chocolate and hot showers available
  • Guide photographs your experience, with photos available for purchase
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Plantation on Crystal River for a brief education session at the dive shop to go over the rules of swimming with manatees and learn the best ways to approach the animals in the water. From here, a US Coast Guard-certified captain leads you out into Kings Bay. Once manatees are spotted, your guide leads you into the water where you have the chance to swim and snorkel alongside the gentle giants. Your guide photographs the highlights of your swimming with manatees experience, and photos are available for purchase after your tour. Only six people per boat guarantees a more personalized experience and all snorkeling equipment is provided with the tour. Complimentary dry towels, boat coats, hot chocolate, and coffee keep you warm on the boat. The tour ends at the departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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!
Exclusions
  • 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 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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Rusty C wrote a review Yesterday
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We went on a semi private manatee swim with Dan and Laura. It was an amazing experience! We saw a lot of manatees up close, but our favorite experience was seeing a baby manatee nursing and playing with its mom! My wife and I loved it and we will definitely be back!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Meg wrote a review Mar. 3
Charlotte, North Carolina334 contributions50 helpful votes
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Great time with Courtney and Captain Mike. It was my adult daughter and I. Even better there were only four of us on this tour. Captain Mike tried several spots where the manatees might be. But the manatees ended up in a swimming area so we had to share the space with
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Tammy wrote a review Mar. 1
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Laura and Captain Todd chartered the BEST semi-private 6:30am tour! Although most manatees have already migrated back out to the gulf due to the warmer temperatures, Laura quickly spotted several “resident manatees” swimming in a channel and we were in the water enjoying the
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keith b wrote a review Feb. 2021
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This was our first time snorkeling and swimming with the Manatees. Cpt. John was so TOP NOTCH and helpful. He took the time to get us over our fears and issues, so we could enjoy our time out. He was an amazing guide and coach. Cpt. Mark like John was well informative and
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Date of experience: February 2021
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KYates2445 wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Swimming up close to the manatee’s.we were able to see five on the day we went. Dustin and Stephanie were both excellent captains. We brought our grandson and his friend who are 12 years old. Dustin was so good with the boys. We really enjoyed swimming and snorkeling at Hunter
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Date of experience: February 2021
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CCObanion
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Swimming with the manatees
Had an amazing time with our captain John and our guide Dan. They got us right on the manatees. Dan made sure eve
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DKat1221
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Highly Rated Manatee Tour
We had a great group of 8 on our early morning tour. Even though it was a cold morning (46F), it turned out to be
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iSlip111
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Awesome Swim with Manatee
This was one of the most memorable trips of my life! We were able to interact with many of these awesome creatures
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LarryandLinda
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Cheers to Captain Ed and Lindsay!
What a great experience! Took the 6:45 am tour. Four couples on pontoon boat. Because the water and the weather was
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Retiredandatease
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Made sure we got to see the Manatees in a fun manner
Great time with Captain John and Ed. They were very entertaining and knowledgeable about the whole area, ecology a
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454terig
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Relaxing, educational, great overall experience
Amazing experience!! Capt Mark and John were full of knowledge about the area, and of course manatees. They are an
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kristenk451
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Pretend there are no other manatee tour companies. Choose this one!
Whenever my partner and I travel, we make sure to book two of the same tours through different companies to compare
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danmal1981
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Excellent time!
This trip exceeded our expectations. We were told we would not see manatees because the water was warm. But, there
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brookiea755
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Dream Come True!
Since I was a small child, swimming with the manatees has been a goal. I can finally check this one off the list. C
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MichiganBoots
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Excellent!
This was a bucket list adventure for my wife. So of course I agreed to go with her. The crew we had were both outst
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Burg74
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A MUST DO!
This was the best experience ever! Everyone should do this once in their life! John was excellent! I was afraid to
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Emily W
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Wonderful trip!
This was a great trip! Laura, our guide, was incredible with my hesitant 6 and 9 year old daughters! She did her be
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carlymc14
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Enjoyable cruise on Crystal River.
It was a midday on the water and everyone wore masks. We saw some manatees, some alligators, many birds native to f
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865emileeh
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It was awesome
Five from Columbus Ga had a fabulous time on a private manatee trip with Captains Steve and Misty this morning. Th
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Mike O
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The Best in the Bay!
Had an amazing time with Captains Misty and Steve! They were so helpful and knowledgeable about everything with man
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Plantation Adventure Center
  • Duration: 4h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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