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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

  • Swim and snorkel with the gentle West Indian manatees in Kings Bay
  • Small group tour allows for face-to-face interaction with the manatees
  • Wetsuits, mask, snorkels, towels, hot chocolate and hot showers available
Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure
From US$89.04
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Morning Semi PrivateMost Popular
Get out before the rest on our early morning semi private manatee snorkel tour! Tour times may vary on availability.
From US$89.04
Midday Semi Private Tour
Join us on our midday semi private manatee snorkel tour, perfect for those who want to sleep in! Tour times may vary depending on availability.
From US$89.04
Florida’s Crystal River, with its warm springs, is one of the best-known spots for viewing and snorkeling with manatees. On this small-group manatee adventure you swim with West Indian manatees on a boat tour that gets you up close and personal with these friendly mammals. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included, as are warm drinks and dry towels for maximum comfort.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Plantation on Crystal River for a brief education session at the dive shop to go over the rules of swimming with manatees and learn the best ways to approach the animals in the water. From here, a US Coast Guard-certified captain will lead you out into Kings Bay.

Once manatees are spotted, your guide leads you into the water where you have the chance to swim and snorkel alongside the gentle giants. Your guide photographs the highlights of your swimming with manatees experience, and photos will be available for purchase after your tour.

Only six people per boat guarantees a more personalized experience and all snorkeling equipment is provided with the tour. Complimentary dry towels, boat coats, hot chocolate, and coffee keep you warm on the boat.

The tour ends at the departure point.
Reviews (151)
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Amazing experience

What an amazing experience!!! Captain Dallas and Captain Steve were AWESOME!!! They made it so much fun and they're very informative!!! I would do it all over again in a heart beat!!! Thank you again for a wonderful experience!! Adrienne & Nancy March 25, 2019...More

Thank amdeskolmt
Reviewed yesterday via mobile
Manatees and Dolphins oh my!

Had a great time! Thanks for providing 4mm wetsuits, we spent an hour in the water and never got cold. Saw lots of manatee up-close then we happened upon a group of dolphin hunting fish in the shallows. Great captain and crew!

Thank Christop4
Reviewed 2 days ago
Experience of a lifetime - what a privilege !

We had a small group Manatee swim / snorkel with Captains Dallas and Steve. They were entertaining and respectful of the environment and the manatees. We did the 7am swim, which was cold but worth it. The sunrise over the river was an added bonus....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jacqui P
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were on Captain Ross & Captain Misty's boat. Want a wonderful experience. Both guides were knowledgable and fun. Misty took us into the spring; she did an exceptional job keeping us from the crowds, getting great memories for us on the gopro, and giving...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ReilingJ
Reviewed 6 days ago
This was an absolutely amazing experience! Something we'll remember forever!

We were on Capt. Lance's 7am semi-private trip. They took us to a perfect spot - where we were able to see about 30 manatees. Under his direction - they came right up to us; and he took amazing videos. We are so appreciative for...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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23 October 2018|
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Response from S427PQgeorgec | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the tour took at least 3 hours on the water and most of the time we were in the water with manatee. We were there in August but still saw about a dozen manatee, some with their babies. We were told that about 800 manatee... More
17 September 2018|
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Response from CindyC3696 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Many folks had them. You can also purchase a thumb drive with photos that the water guide takes. I went that route and his pictures were very nice! Plus I was in some of them. Great fun!
Jodie M
5 April 2018|
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Response from J6519BXmichaelc | Reviewed this property |
They take a series of photos and video images which you can purchase at the end of the trip. While I typically never buy these packages, we had so many close encounters that I couldn't resist. There is a gift shop so they... More