What an experience!! We did the semi-private tour with Jessica and Capt. Doug which ended up being private since the other group canceled. It was the best thing we did on our entire trip and can’t wait to come back again!
First, I love that they require you to watch a Manatees Manners video prior to your tour so you understand what you can and can not do because some people do not offer the care and respect these animals deserve. You can tell that Jessica and the company as a whole really care about the manatees.
On our tour we were able to see 3 manatees, 2 were a mom and baby, and snorkel into 3sisters spring, which was amazing by itself. Capt. Doug and Jessica were very kind and knowledgeable and really paid attention to detail to make your trip special. Our daughter got really cold but was able to sit on the boat just a few feet from us bundled up in her towel and Capt. Doug gave her some hot chocolate to warm up with. When we were finished, we all enjoyed a cup of warm hot chocolate on the way back, which was very welcomed since it’s a bit chilly out of the water. FYI bring towels and hoodie if you tend to get cold. My husband and daughter were super cold.
The facility where you start is super nice! They have the cutest little gift shop and I was impressed with the selection of souvenirs and the prices were very fair. They don’t over charge like most tourist attractions do. It was very clean and everything was very well organized. They go above and beyond to make you feel at home. They have comfy couches and offer complimentary hot chocolate and hot tea. They have clean bathrooms and nice little changing areas. The wet suits they give you are in great condition and kept clean. They do a great job at sizing you.
We couldn’t have been happier with our trip! It is an extremely well priced event that we would do over again and even if we didn’t see a manatee, just snorkeling in the springs was exciting. Jessica even recommended a great local spot to eat called, Shrimp Landing which we would totally recommend as well!
Thanks for a great experience, keep doing what your doing because you are doing it right!!