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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River

Highlights
  • 3-hour Crystal River paddling and snorkeling tour
  • Watch for wild manatees in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Explore these Gulf Coast waters of Florida on a kayak or SUP
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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River
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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River
From US$78.44
Overview
See West Indian manatees in their native environment on this 3-hour tour in Crystal River, a town on Florida's Gulf Coast. With a guide, you'll explore Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and you'll have the chance to snorkel to see the manatees in the waters of Kings Bay. Wetsuits, equipment, and beverages are provided.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the tour meeting point in Crystal River to begin your manatee experience in the early morning. After transfer by shuttle boat to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, you'll meet your captain-guide and hop aboard your kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Paddle around the waters of Kings Bay, taking in the natural scenery and watching for manatees and other native wildlife. When you wish, you can put on your provided snorkeling gear and hop in the water for a swim. You are also free to stay on top of the water at all times, if you prefer. Learn about the ecosystem from your guide, who also takes photos of your tour both above and below the water.

Your tour ends with return to the starting point, where a high-resolution disc of photos is available to purchase, if you wish (own expense).

Note: Make sure to bring your own towel and a plastic bag to keep your belongings dry. It is recommended that you wear your swimsuit under your clothes to save time at the start of the tour. A wetsuit is provided to put on over your swimsuit. 
Reviews (44)
1 - 5 of 43 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Heard from the boat, "My life is now complete."

I agree, from walking in the door to leaving this was an excellent experience. My husband and I have snorkeled all over the world. This operator is one of the best. With JJ in the water and Wade keeping lookout for the best spots, it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Juli W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AWESOME adventure swimming with the Manatees!!

We brought our two adult sons with us as a Christmas present for one of them who was visiting from Chicago. He has always loved manatees. We saw about 20 manatees at 3 different stops. We saw 2 babies that were very curious about us....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PuntaGordaDan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Wonderful Family Activity!!

We had the best time swimming with the manatees! Crystal was our guide and John B. Our captain. The weather was a little cool — but apparently perfect for seeing lots of manatees! Our favorite was the nursing babies with their mamas! The water was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Angela H
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We truly appreciate you taking the time to give us this feedback! John and Crystal are an excellent hosts and make a super team! When it comes to manatee tours, there simply aren't many crews out there BETTER than them! We are so glad you...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
November Swim

We traveled from Tennessee to Crystal River to swim with manatees on our Florida vacation. We visited Crystal River for this purpose only. This was on my bucket list, and I had waited until "winter time" to go. We learned a lot of cool facts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paradise705095
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This review is so upsetting for us. We strive daily to provide only the finest in customer service and do our very best to inform our visitors so they have realistic expectations. It sounds like that is where things started to go wrong for you....More

Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile
Great Tour

We had an awesome day with Jodi (Guide) and Dave (Captain) and the luck to find a manatee with a calf which was such a great experience. I would recommend this Tour to everyone who visits Crystal river!

Thank Benedikt W
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