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Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer

By Plantation Adventure Center
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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.
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C$123.13
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C$123.13
per adult

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Ages 1-99, max of 6 per group
Duration:3h
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Ticket type:Mobile
English

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

  • 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!
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits

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.

Departure details
  • 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA Departure Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 62758P3

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet-suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 6 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer?
Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer price starts from C$118.27. Discover and book Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer on Tripadvisor
What is the Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer cancellation policy?
Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer?
Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer is hosted by Plantation Adventure Center. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Plantation Adventure Center on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 62758P3

About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

danabF7529AT
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Amazing
We came down for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful experience swimming with the manatees. Misty and Ray were amazing
Charlie_Hotlanta
Charlie_Hotlanta
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Flawless Dive!
Swam with the manatees with Misty (the dive master) and Captain Ray, and the experience and the team were flawless.
Moggymom
Moggymom
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Best day ever!
We had the BEST time! Swimming with manatees has been at the top of my girlfriend’s bucket list—and now even though
C9177AUjessicad
C9177AUjessicad
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Excellent experience
Excellent experience as usual! Our 4th trip with Plantation Adventures, this was just as good as the first. They wo
stephaniesK1237UD
stephaniesK1237UD
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Memorable Experience
This was a bucket list item for our daughter, and it lived up to her expectations. The captains Misty and Dave were
V9164JYjessicaa
V9164JYjessicaa
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Such a great experience!
We had the best time ever! We have 3 kids ages 6-14. Captains Misty and Dave went out of their way to make them fee
92rebekahc
92rebekahc
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Amazing
Absolutely unbelievable!! My daughter and I have had swimming with manatee on our bucket list for awhile and they m
NadiaMohamed
NadiaMohamed
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Do it!
Honestly the best nature experience. The guides were great, patient and very knowledgeable about the manatees. The
drush1980
drush1980
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Highly recommend for Manatee encounters
We had a fantastic time on our manatee tour with Ryan and Christian. Saw lots of manatees and got really close. Boa
Pathfinder48081
Pathfinder48081
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Great experience
The crew were friendly and professional. The experience was extremely good barring conditions not in their control
Explore817651
Explore817651
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Exceeded expectations!
Go early morning. Manatees were active & playful. Guide totally knew what she was doing, helped my teen who didn’t
M1691JXjessicaa
M1691JXjessicaa
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Great boat ride
We had a great time on the scenic cruise. Saw a few manatees including one of the swim with the manatees groups gat
Sally  F
Sally F
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Swim with Manatees was Incredible
Had the best time swimming with the manatees! The upclose experience was amazing. Captain Misty, our dive master,
X9072MVmr
X9072MVmr
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Fun for all ages
My husband, mother, and I really enjoyed our cruise. It provided a great overview of the bay and surrounding area.
Trip92678
Trip92678
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Outstanding experience
We had a terrific time and saw lots of manatees up close. Thank goodness we had wetsuits supplied by the tour opera
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Leigh Ann S
Alabama6 contributions
May 2022 • Family
I would give this tour a 10 star if I could. We went on the tour yesterday at 9:45 am. Mark and Jake did an amazing job. We floated with 2 manatees for a long time, then went to another location with very clear water to see one of the fresh water springs. The guys were great about telling us the history of the bay and the conservation efforts that the town has made to increase the grass growth in the bay so the manatees will have plenty to eat. My 13 year old son said this was the highlight of his entire birthday trip. Jake took some great pictures of us with the manatees. Both guys were obviously knowledgeable and respectful of the rules, were very clear when describing them to us, and loved/cared about the manatees and respecting their habitat. We signed up for a 6 person tour and there were 4 of us plus the 2 guides. I highly recommend the small group for this because you get more time individually swimming close to the manatees without disturbing them with a larger, possibly overwhelming group. The gear was all good quality and clean, and the wetsuits were great for floating and keeping warm in the water. We will be returning and doing this again at some point. Thank you to Plantation Adventure for an amazing experience!
Written May 2, 2022
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Herb Valentine
10 contributions
Oct. 2022
Super experience. Captain Mark was very good at navigating through the waters to find manatees. Misty was good at explanations throughout the trip and telling us about the surrounding area. She was very nice at getting all the people in the water around the front of the manatees to get a good look. Trip was well worth it. They give you plenty of time to enjoy the day. We had family in town and we wanted them to see the manatees and when other family members come into town we will book another excursion.
Written October 7, 2022
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171PaulC171
Thanks for sharing your experience! Come back and see us again!
Written October 17, 2022
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Michelle Magro
St. Petersburg, FL2 contributions
Feb. 2021
We did an early morning swim with the manatees. I feel it was the best time to get out in the springs before it gets too crowded. Our swim guide was Todd and he was the absolute best. We had a skittish group of women with us and he was patient and kind to them. He made sure everyone found and spent time with a manatee. He took great video and photos and made sure to capture everyone in the group on film. He was very knowledgeable about the area and the manatees. Driving the boat was Ed and he was very kind and took care of everyone as they got off the boat by offering towels and hot chocolate or coffee. Both gentlemen made sure we were safe getting on and off the boat as well as in and out of the water. This tour was worth the price and we spent a good amount of time in the water with the manatees. I could not have asked for a better tour. Everyone in the center was just great.
Written February 23, 2021
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Sarah
Riverside, CA4 contributions
Mar. 2022
Although you can easily go out on the bay and see the Manatees by yourself, we would highly recommend taking a tour with Plantation Adventure Center - especially if you get Captain Mark and John. Plethora of information provided about the bay, surrounding areas and, of course, the awesome Manatees. Snorkeling with them was magical. Great photos and videos were taken by John during tour and all offered on a cute Manatee zip drive for a reasonable price. Thank you for helping make our first trip to to the area a wonderful experience. We will definitely be back :)
Written March 25, 2022
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Dave N
Sarasota, FL5 contributions
Jul. 2020
We took friends (dad & his 11 year old daughter) to celebrate my birthday. This was recommended by my niece after she did it and raved. We had Captain Ross, Captain Memphis and Hunter. These guys were awesome from the beginning. Friend's daughter had severe sunburn and Captain Ross had some great solutions and remedies that allowed her to have a fabulous day despite her sunburn pain. Captain Memphis was topnotch at maneuvering our boat through crazy crowds of snorkelers, kayaks and boats. The entire team delivered a great experience. They located a pregnant female pretty quickly into the trip and we spent close to an hour passively observing her as she ate. Captain Ross and Hunter were terrific at bringing each of us closer to the manatee in a respectful way so that we could see her face to face. Captain Ross took great pics and was thoughtful at getting footage of everyone in our group (we would recommend buying the thumb drive). One of the other important things is that our friend had never snorkeled before and isn't especially comfortable in the water but again, the team coached him and guided him during our tour and he had great time. The natural springs we visited were very cool, but the manatee experience was the best part of the excursion. My husband and I plan to do the tour again in the autumn or winter since we live in Sarasota. One last note, while we were with the manatee, others not in the tour were acting in ways that disturb the manatees and are not respectful (kicking around, being rude, etc.); I loved that Captain Ross spoke up and told these people the "proper" respectful way to act around manatees.
Written July 5, 2020
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WildWildWest
LA (Lower Alabama)151 contributions
Nov. 2020
Excellent tour. Our guide Lindsay and Captain Memphis were great. They made sure we were comfortable throughout the whole trip. Luckily we were the only 2 people on the tour, so it was basically a private trip. Highly recommend the 6:30am tour (there is less people out at that time and the manatees are most active in the morning). The springs are spectacular. Go ahead and plan on buying the photos they take of you in the water, it is well worth the price.
Written November 11, 2020
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Sandi L
3 contributions
Feb. 2022
Cory and Ryan were the BEST! I booked a private boat because I had 3 grandkids in our group and figured they would need to be coaxed into the water and watched at all times since they have not snorkeled. It was so great. Both Cory and Ryan helped them out and talked to them on their level (kids were 12,11, and 8). They did not put the kids in the water with other groups and when the little guy had enough, Ryan swam with him back to the boat. It was such a great morning and an experience that we will all never forget. They supplied wet suits, snorkels and even took photos. The kids enjoyed "manatee mocha hot chocolates" onboard too.
Written March 10, 2022
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Carmi69
Brisbane, Australia61 contributions
John and Christian gave us a 5 star experience with the Manatees. We got more time than we needed with these amazing animals and the guys did everything they could to make our experience the very best is could be. They openly shared their collective knowledge of the Manatees and the area, and did everything to keep us warm and entertained. This is THE place to organise to see the Manatee, and the semi private small group trip is worth every penny
Written January 22, 2022
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Eleen S
1 contribution
Mar. 2022
We booked this tour with the Plantation Adventure Center after a recommendation from another tour company that could not accommodate our party of 7. Our tour was for the 7:15 time slot. From the time we arrived, everyone was very friendly and helpful. Our captain was Christian and tour guide was Misty. They were both very knowledgeable and attentive! They did everything to make sure we were comfortable and ready. We were able to see several manatees and other wildlife. They were both able to spot and point out things to see. Misty got great pictures and answered a ton of questions from manatee information to the rehabilitation of the grass and area for the manatee population. We had a great time and would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a great time, learn about the area and manatees, and snorkel.
Written March 19, 2022
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Hannah Corinna
1 contribution
Feb. 2021 • Couples
Such a great time! Todd was driving our boat and John was our guide. Friendly and helpful attitudes. There was a young boy in our group as well as older women whom John was very patient and encouraging with. The 5mm wetsuits kept you total warm even at 7 in the morning in the water! Complimentary hot chocolate and coffee as well as dry towels on board the boat for warming up once your finished. John used his underwater camera to get great video and pictures of everyone in the group with the manatees which we were able to purchase after. Great set up and organized. Will definitely be going back! The group was small and we got lucky with hardly any other people near us so we got to be very intimate with the manatees!
Written February 22, 2021
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