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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

  • 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
Swim with Manatee Adventure!
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This is our regular snorkel tour for those who like to sleep in a little!
Early Morning
This is our one of our first tours of the day and manatees are early risers!!!
Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
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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1 - 5 of 156 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago
Don't go during off season

**(See suggestions on time and things you need to know near bottom of review)** I will say that our Captain Steve was amazing during this trip and very accommodating. There is nothing that this company could have done to make this trip better. For my...More

Thank Chelsea S
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great family time at the Three Sister Spring

Beginning of August is really not the best time to see manatees. We only found one and the water was murky in a canal. However, the captain saved the day by taking us to the Three Sister Spring. That is a unique experience we won't...More

4  Thank Carlos G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experienve for all ages

We had booked an early morning trip, 7am, during our vacation in Florida this July as this has been a long top priority on our kids "to see" list. Everything from providing the proper gear with proper instructions to enable us to go snorkling was...More

Thank stenrk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fantastic experience!

It was my niece’s dream to swim with Manatees. This was our second time taking a tour at Plantation on Crystal River. Captain Lance Herring was amazing. He thoroughly went over all of the basics and also made sure every person felt comfortable in the...More

Thank AuntSandyPants
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Great staff, great service, great experience

We had a great time on our "swim with Manatee adventure". The dive master, capt Lance, was very helpful. He would guide us right up to the Manatees. I recommend the trip! Note that in the summer there are far fewer Manatees to view. The...More

2  Thank Capt W
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18 July 2018|
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Response from JGr00ve | Reviewed this property |
It was clear and the manatees come up.close to you. There were about 50 in the springs, best to go in winter and spring.
6 July 2018|
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Response from 805rigoe | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, it's in a fairly remote area. The only way I am aware of is to drive there.
28 June 2018|
Response from Carole M | Reviewed this property |
The travel time is about an 1hour and 45 minutes. It is easy driving, on good roads. We got there faster on the way home than we did in the morning. You will LOVE the tour!!
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