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Crystal River Manatee Swim

  • Chance to swim with the manatees under the direct supervision of a guide
  • Learn about their biology and behavior, plus efforts to protect them
  • Get expertly fitted for a wet suit, mask, and snorkel
Crystal River Manatee Swim
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9:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
From US$67.84
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10:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
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Get in the water with Florida's endangered manatees on this snorkeling tour to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with several time options to suit your schedule. With your guide's careful supervision, you'll safely swim and snorkel around these slow-moving giants and learn about their biology and behavior, as well as the conservation efforts that protect them. Pack light, as your wet suit, snorkel gear, and mask are provided.

What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at the tour office, located in downtown Crystal River. Multiple times are available throughout the day; early morning tours offer the best times to swim with the manatees.

Watch a video about the manatees and get an introduction to the rules of swimming safely around these endangered animals. Get fitted with a mask and wet suit to ensure the best possible conditions for your wildlife adventure.

Slip into the water and float weightlessly near the large creatures, who are known to swim slowly and forage on the river's bottom for sea grass meals. While you swim, your guides will take photographs of you, both above and below the water, so you’ll have plenty of memories to share but can stay focused and in-the-moment.

Back at the office, you can opt to purchase a CD of your high-resolution images.
Reviews (317)
1 - 5 of 234 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Amazing adventure!

This was such a fantastic experience - from the professional and very friendly staff to the awesome encounters with these amazing creatures. We had so much time with the manatees, swimming right beside them and observing how gentle and graceful they are. I highly recommend...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bleedia
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Great fun tour!

Skylar and Emerson were the best! They were very fun and hilarious but at the same very educational and professional! Skylar was great in the water letting us know where to find the manatees! Emerson was also pointing them out from the boat which was...More

Thank daniyellep43
Reviewed 4 days ago
Relaxing day

We were able to see several manatees and even some really big fishes. Staff is very kind and professional. Will go again at summer.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nitakas
Reviewed 4 days ago
it was my highlight

the high light was when one one off the manatee came over and started rubbing my leg it was my husband day and they didn't go near him

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tracybS8441MP
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Do it

Had a wonderful day with Wade and Trish as our guides. It’s a chilled atmosphere from the start- gear is good and well worth a trip. Our manatee experience was great fun and our guides friendly and helpful. On our way back we stopped for...More

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19 February 2019|
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Response from Stephanie O | Reviewed this property |
Yes. It's year round, but you'll see more of them when the weather is cold. I recommend going in the morning - you'll have a better chance of seeing them.
6 February 2019|
Response from JanetScottB |
You will be a lot happier with one on. You will be warmer and more buoyant.