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Swim alongside the gentle giantson our professonally guides snorkles tours. Our tours include: full 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, hot chocolate, coffee, water and towel service. All our tours leave from our onsite private docks, with heated changing facility and hot showers!! This is a small-group tour of 14 travelers.
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Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USALocated on property at the Plantation on Crystal River
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    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Plantation Adventure Center
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
  • The on-site docks feature a heated changing facility with showers
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay. Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided. As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers. The tour ends at the starting point.
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Departure Point
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Coffee, Hot chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 14 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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We booked the 6 45 am tour with captain Ed and Dallas . Great and friendly guides, they took us to an open area crowded with manatees, and we got to snorkel and interact with the friendly , gentle mammals for over an hour. I love the fact that this company is vey respectful of
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Absolutely amazing experience. The manatees are beautiful creatures, and I got nibbled! The captains and crew were great as well. I definitely want to do it again.
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We did a swim on 2-22-20 with Ed and Dustin. I would recommend this company. We only had 10 people on our boat which was a great group. Dustin made the experience awesome. He took amazing pictures and made sure we had an experience interacting with the manatees. Had hot coffee
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This was our second visit to the Plantation Inn. After an amazing experience last winter break, our 9 year old requested we return every year to swim with the Manatees. This year was even better! We were lucky to have mother nature on our side and the water was clearer this year
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My husband and I had a great time on the snorkel interaction tour with the manatees. Steve and John were our guides and worked so hard to make sure our group had a successful manatee sighting, in spite of the fact that the day was warm for the season, so most of the manatees
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Daniel T
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Sunset cruise was great!
Mark was informative and funny! We saw Manatees, A bald Eagle and several other birds! An island with several Birds
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Coco N
Boca Raton, Florida
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amazing experience!
We booked the 6 45 am tour with captain Ed and Dallas . Great and friendly guides, they took us to an open area
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alli1804
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
295
Fun morning on the river with Captain Dallas and Captain Ed
We did the 6:30 a.m. small group swim with Captain Dallas and Captain Ed. We were lucky that we had a great group
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icpanhandle2016
20
Perfect morning with the manatees
Captains Steve and Ross Did a fantastic job of providing the experience of a lifetime! They had a great grasp of
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jim b
10
scenic
stopped here on first leg (cape coral to cedar key) of trip from FL to PA. captains Mark and Ed were great;
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Lake
20
Manatees!
Absolutely amazing experience. The manatees are beautiful creatures, and I got nibbled! The captains and crew were
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Passenger824001
10
Amazing experience!
What an amazing experience! We were lucky enough to have Captain Mark and Misty as our guide. We saw dozens of
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brelda
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Wet adventure favorite
Fabulous adventure to make the best memory. Can not say enough how caring and meticulous our instructor Dustin was
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working4nextvacation
Nashville, Tennessee
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Captain Ed and Captain Dallas are the best!
We did the early semi private swim with 6 people on 2/21/20 with Captains Ed and Dallas. I’ll be honest. It was a
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ladytrailrunner
80
Very Special Experience
My daughter and I had a WONDERFUL experience swimming with the manatees. Captains Misty and Steve were very
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