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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour provided by River Ventures

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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 21/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
On this quintessential Florida adventure, you'll observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Florida’s Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Cruise the Crystal River in a luxury pontoon boat that is fully enclosed and heated during winter (the best time to see the manatees). This small-group experience is designed to view the animals without disturbing them. Plus, if manatees are spotted, you'll slip on your fins and snorkel and swim alongside them. 
Highlights
  • See and swim with manatees if they're spotted
  • Ride in a luxury pontoon boat that's heated in winter 
  • Fully narrated tour reveals little-known info 
  • A small group ensures personalized attention
What to Expect
Make your own way to a designated meeting point,  where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the itinerary and go over rules for snorkeling with the manatees. Slip on a wetsuit and board a covered pontoon boat (in the winter, it’s fully enclosed and heated). As you slowly enter into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for birds, fish, and other wildlife who call the area home. If manatees are spotted, you can slip into the water with them, staying at a respectful distance all the while. The best time to see the manatees is in the winter when they cluster in the warmer upstream waters of the reserve. An underwater photographer snaps shots throughout the day, and you can purchase photos or DVDs of your experience once back at the Manatee Center.
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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children Under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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MummyButterfly wrote a review Yesterday
Bethlehem, Georgia4 contributions
I took four of my kids (Ages: 19, 18, 17, 12) to swim with manatees. We were all beginners, and I cannot explain what a phenomenal experience this was. Captain Peter and Guide Irish Dave ☘️ were amazing. Peter is from the area and his stories about living on the water were
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Amanda O wrote a review 2 May
Mansfield, Ohio24 contributions9 helpful votes
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I’ve been wanting to do the manatee swim/tour for a while but I always hesitated because I wasn’t sure which company to go with, if we’d even get to interact with a manatee, the early time, and because the trip from where we usually stay (Sarasota) is 2.5 hours. I am so happy
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Brycew223 wrote a review Apr 2021
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The manatee tour was absolutely incredible. Captain Mike and guide Derick were very knowledgeable and friendly. They made sure we were comfortable during the entire trip and gave us the best possible experience. We saw quite a few manatees and were able to get some really great
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Diane C wrote a review Apr 2021
New Richmond, Wisconsin1 contribution
We had 3 couples on our trip and most of the group had not snorkeled before and we had a couple that where a little nervous. Troy and Matt were amazing and we saw multiple manatees! They found a mom and baby and we were able to spend a good amount of time with them. We even were
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Josh K wrote a review Apr 2021
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This trip was absolutely wonderful. Our Captains Troy and Matt were very knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I would recommend this to anyone without hesitation.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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About the operator

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

By: River Ventures
jillybear89
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Fantastic private manatee snorkel tour
Captain Shellie and Irish Dave took my husband and I out for our early 6.45am private manatee snorkel. We had such
lindaw1232
lindaw1232
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Don't miss this tour!
As experienced divers, we're used to hanging around in water and quietly watching animals live their daily lives...
Jslate105
Jslate105
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Amazingly relaxing
We went out with Trish and Captain Wade this morning. I was hoping to see 1 manatee from a distance as it is May. I
85mollyt
85mollyt
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Magical Manatee Experience
Our Captain Wade was very informative and knew where to go to find some manatee in the bay. We ended up finding 4 m
winetwinmom
winetwinmom
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Great Tour
I wanted to do this but adult kids we were traveling with weren't happy about the 3 +hr drive to get there from Ft.
1_T_Scot
1_T_Scot
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Great experience
We had a great time boat had 6 people! JJ the in water guide was very knowledgeable attentive did a great job!! We
tatertotpolice
tatertotpolice
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By far the most amazing I've done!
Ok so my friend and I booked the semi private tour and there were only us two plus another couple. We did the earli
879krystalp
879krystalp
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Do Not Miss This
What a wonderful place to see! Do not miss the opportunity to swim with the manatees, learn about their environment
Ms_Delta_Punk
Ms_Delta_Punk
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Incredible! Make sure to ask for Capt. Wade and Guide Trish!!
Today I got to swim with the manatees!! It was so much fun!! Thank you so much to our awesome Captain Wade and amaz
J L
J L
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Marvelous Manatees
We really enjoyed our morning swimming with the Manatees. The River Ventures’ staff did an excellent job preparing
robtS2944YY
robtS2944YY
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River Ventures swim with manatees
Irish Dave, and Emerson made sure we had the best experience! We got so close to the manatees! It was an experience
hurldog89
hurldog89
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A must do
Awesome excursion. The boat was accidentally overbooked, so we got upgraded to a private tour. Trisha and Wade were
jefffromthebeach
jefffromthebeach
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Snorkeling with manatees
We were greeted by the friendly staff the minute that we got there. We went out on our snorkeling adventure with C
mirandack
mirandack
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Amazing dream come true
Our your started at 630 with the friendly office staff. We got coffee and cocoa, watched a safety video, got into o
BackPacker425319
BackPacker425319
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Manatee Swim with River Ventures
Captain Wade and Trish provided our family with a wonderful, informative and relaxing tour. What an experience! We
Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, and 1 more
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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