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Swimming With The Manatees is an ecotourism guide service located in Crystal River, Florida. We offer the finest in Manatee Swim Tours. You will be thrilled by the glory of Florida nature at its finest. The Nature Coast is a birdwatcher’s and...more
Hours Today: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
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Nice company to work with, was willing to take just 2 of us out on a really cold early morning (although we waited for the 10 am trip so it would warm up a bit) . Captain was pleasant and our teen had a great...More
My family and I just went swimming with the manatees and had a blast. Captain Mike made us feel like family, lots of laughs leading up to getting in the water. The location was awesome, lots of personal experiences with the gentle giants. Would 100...More
Captain mikes tour was great! We went in December so there were a ton of manatees. You’re allowed to take your own videos and pictures if you like. But if not don’t worry your in tour guide has a go pro and takes some videos...More
I'm glad we picked this one from reviewing online! A good loving Christian staff who are loving and caring! They watched our luggage that was in the store, when we we're gone on the boat. Captain Tom was informative and hilarious, and gave us recommendations...More
We've done the boat rides with Captain Mike's before and always love the experience. This time we decided to do something different that the staff was very helpful in arranging. As we had my aunt with us (usually it's myself and my daughter) and we...More
I didn’t give 5 stars because right after we took off kayaking I discovered that I had a plug missing and I was sitting in at least an inch or more of water and it was 41 degrees so it was cold. We stopped at...More
Crystal River rises from warm springs and as such, has the perfect water temperature for Manatees to over winter before they head out to warmer summer waters.
There were many options to see them but I chose this die to positive reviews and a level...More
The boats are in extremely poor shape. Mine had no fuel gauge, prop was bent, skeg on engine broken off. Engine would only reach 1400 rpms. Do not rent a boat here!More
Date of experience: November 2018
Justin S, Manager at Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
All of our pontoons have engines less than a year old and the fuel gauges are removed because a twelve gallon portable fuel tank is all that is needed for a 700 acre bay; which is also idle-speed year around, so 1400 rpm's would be...More
I visited Captain Mike's on a Saturday. I purchased the silver tour so it was 14 others and me on the boat at 7 a.m. ready to see manatees. Captain Mike (not the owner, a different Mike) and the in-water guide, also named Mike, were...More
We went to Capt. Mike's with our 3 little children (12,10,6). Now they were scared at first especially my 6 year old daughter but once she was in the water and actually calmed down she was one of the last ones out of the water....More
Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
All of the answers by our guests are great and informative! Yes the winter is the best chance of seeing an abundance of manatees. Also, due to the manatees preferring the warm water of the springs during the colder months... More
All of the answers by our guests are great and informative! Yes the winter is the best chance of seeing an abundance of manatees. Also, due to the manatees preferring the warm water of the springs during the colder months, this is the best time to see them in clear water. They are of course wild animals, and this is Florida where the weather can be unpredictable; but this is typically the best conditions. If you are bothered by the cold though, not to worry we do have tour options with heated houseboats.
Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
We have a 3 hour Gold tour that is semi-private, and a 5 hour Platinum that is semi-private. Both are adequate in-water time, however on days where manatees can be difficult to find the 5 hour affords you the opportunity to... More
We have a 3 hour Gold tour that is semi-private, and a 5 hour Platinum that is semi-private. Both are adequate in-water time, however on days where manatees can be difficult to find the 5 hour affords you the opportunity to have a greater experience. Also the 5 hour tour comes with a gift certificate for each person towards Margarita Breeze Restaurant which is on site.
Response from 805maryellenc | Reviewed this property |
We were in the water for about 1.5 hr. It was not sunny January day but in the mid 60s when we got there for our at 9am reservation. Once we got in the water, we were warm for most of that time. Everyone is given a noodle... More
We were in the water for about 1.5 hr. It was not sunny January day but in the mid 60s when we got there for our at 9am reservation. Once we got in the water, we were warm for most of that time. Everyone is given a noodle to float with so you do not have to be a strong swimmer. Also, you will be instructed not to kick your feet much so that you don't disturb the manatees. We would definitely do this again!! The adrenaline rush kept me in the water the whole time. I was very glad I brought a change of clothes onto the boat so I could get out of the wetsuit and bathing suit. The Capt. was so knowledgable and humorous. Great experience.