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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

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Swim alongside the gentle giantson our professonally guides snorkles tours. Our tours include: full 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, hot chocolate, coffee, water and towel service. All our tours leave from our onsite private docks, with heated changing facility and hot showers!! This is a small-group tour of 14 travelers.
  • 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
  • The on-site docks feature a heated changing facility with showers
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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Departure Point
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Coffee, Hot chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went out with captain Ross and Memphis. What a fantastic experience to get up so close with the manatees. Capt Ross was very knowledgeable about the manatees and the local area wonderful trip enjoyed by everyone. Would highly recommend.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jeffpick60
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great time with Captains Ross and Lance! They took extra time finding just the right location, and it paid off...we spent lots of time with a mom & baby!! Our family of 5 enjoyed every minute of this cool manatee adventure! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Dana C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Misty and Steve were excellent and very accommodation. Manatee swim and Springs swim was wonderful. Highly recommend this tour to anyone!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank realtorkgravelle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Misty and Dustin were great captains! We selected the 7am tour. We swam with two adult manatees and a baby! I think we make the trip back up in December when there are more manatees in the bay!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Janine B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour was an absolute blast! Captain Ross and Captain Mike were so friendly and really knowledgeable about the river and it’s inhabitants. From the manatees, to the fish and bird species, they knew it all! Captain Ross was in the water with our group...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Kmcclan1
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Teri R
5 August 2019|
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Response from Natalie C | Reviewed this property |
Yes! They keep you floating so you aren’t worried about swimming/floating when you’re in the water.
7 July 2019|
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Response from Tony d | Reviewed this property |
There is better visibility early so 6am is the best time to see them
Carla F
15 June 2019|
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Response from Brittany S | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they guarantee anything about what you'll see. As someone of the other people on here said, the best time to go is fall-early spring.
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