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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure

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Swim with Crystal River manatees on a private snorkeling tour that’s designed to get you as close to the manatees as possible without disturbing them. Exploring Crystal River in a private boat means you can move more quietly than on group tours, creating ideal conditions where manatees can comfortably approach you in the water.
You'll start at
9301 W Fort Island Trail
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USADeparture Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
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    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Plantation Adventure Center
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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You'll end at
9301 W Fort Island Trail
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USADeparture Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
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  • Private snorkeling tour in King's Bay for a more personal manatee experience
  • Heated changing facility and towel service ensure a comfortable outing
  • Includes wetsuits, snorkeling gear, and hot drinks
  • Two convenient morning departure times available
What to Expect
Make your way to Plantation on Crystal River, where you meet your guide and get suited up in a provided wet suit in the heated changing facilities. Cruise into the manatee habitat in the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs, and then slip into the water when manatees are sighted. Coffee, hot chocolate, and dry towels are available on the boat, and the in-water guide will take videos and photos throughout the tour (available for purchase). In colder weather, manatees are even more plentiful, and the boat is fully enclosed during the winter months. Interaction with the manatees is limited to “passive observation” to ensure your manatee encounter doesn’t harm the fascinating, slow-moving creatures, and this tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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!
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Melissa B wrote a review May 2020
Tampa, Florida3 contributions
We had a wonderful time today, definitely memories the kids will remember! Captains Mark and Dustin were great and made sure we all had fun. Three adults, two teens and a 4yr old, everyone was entertained, do you know how hard it is to make everyone in a family of 6 happy all
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Date of experience: May 2020
Cassandra M wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions
We spent the afternoon playing with "Spot" the baby manatee and frolicking in the Big Sister Spring at Three Sisters AND it was a wonderful experience!!! Captain John drove us right to the manatees and Captain Ed was our guide in the water. We booked the private swim for my
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Date of experience: March 2020
Conrad wrote a review Mar 2020
Shillington, Pennsylvania1 contribution
It was a great day for us, we got to see far more than we expected. Would highly recommend it. Great facility, great service, great value. Conrad
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Date of experience: February 2020
Joel R wrote a review Mar 2020
Waterville, Maine1 contribution
We booked a private tour but it felt more like a VIP tour. The minute that you walk into the adventure center you can feel the positive energy of the staff and can tell that they all take pride in the operation by the condition of the facilities. There are multiple staff
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Date of experience: March 2020
Virginia R wrote a review Mar 2020
Orinda, California, United States817 contributions129 helpful votes
We were very glad we opted for the private Manatee Experience. Our Captain Dustin and Guide Libby were terrific , the made sure we had several chances to "swim" with Manatees, They even made Manatee Mochas to warm us up after swimming. Being on the private tour enable us to
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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By: Plantation Adventure Center
Easy boat rentals
We rented a boat here while staying at the hotel. It was cheap, had it from 8-5, and they have it ready to go waiti
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So much fun swimming with manatees
Excellent trip. We cruised out about 20 min until we found a manatee. We spent hours playing with both babies and m
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Manatee Tour with Mark and Dustin
Mark and Dustin were our guides. They were very helpful and informative. They were very helpful with panic attacks
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The Most AMAZING Experience
This experience was beyond INCREDIBLE! Our tour guides Mark and Dustin are completely amazing. Very friendly..Mark
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John G
Just an amazing experience Libby and Memphis were fantastic!!
Memphis and Libby took us on one of the most entertaining things I believe I’ve ever done in my life they couldn’t
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An unforgettable experience
We had a great time swimming with the manatees! My youngest daughter (5) was afraid to go in the water, but my olde
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Wonderful swim with manatees!
The entire experience was excellent. Memphis and Libby were awesome. Both were very friendly and eager to provide
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Manatee Swim
Captains Memphis & Stephanie were experts at knowing locations to swim with many manatees. Stephanie also took the
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Manatee swim
It was awesome! We saw a lot of manatees. The captains were very informative and fun. It was a very comfortable
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Guides were great!
All I can say is what a great experience! We booked a private manatee tour with John and Mark. John was so great wi
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The best around!
Highly recommend! Captains Mark and Dustin made this adventure very special for our family! Our guide Mark was
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Great Family Adventure
Captains Dustin and Mark really know their stuff and care about the manatees and Crystal River environment. Most im
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Friday Night Sunset Cruise
Stopped in Crystal River for the night on a last minute trip to Boca Grande so booked the sunset cruise for the fou
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What An Experience!
Wow! I have always heard how great this tour was absolutely amazing! Let me start by saying from the tim
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Family day
We had a very relaxed and amazing time. Our Captain was the best!! He knew a lot about the area and the manatees,
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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