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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

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Just like our regular tours, you can swim alongside manatees for even longer. Only 6 people per vessel allows for a more personal experience The price includes all equipment, full 5mm wet suits, mask, snorkel, towel service, hot chocolate, coffee, hot showers, boat coats and heated changing facility.
  • 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
  • Guide photographs your experience, with photos available for purchase
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.
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Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of Full 5mm wet-suits (for extra warmth), Mask & Snorkels
  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide!
  • Boat Coats for cold mornings!
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet-suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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 yesterday

There is quite a choice of Swimming with.... on Crystal River. All I can say is that I'm properly happy with our choice ! Online booking was easy ..plenty of options and clearly indicated as to spaces left. Directions to the adventure centre were fine...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank spood1969
Reviewed 6 days ago

My daughter and I did the semi-private swim with manatees with Dustin and Memphis. It was a memorable experience. Both Dustin and Memphis were knowledgeable, helpful, and enthusiastic tour guides. We were able to see several manatees including babies. Dustin and Memphis were very mindful...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 872bridget
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time. Captain Ross and John where really nice and where really helpfull with allot of tips about the Manatees. The snorkeling was really fun and they showed us some beautiful places. Really recommend this business.

Thank 338carolienv
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on our tour with Captain Dustin and Steve and it was great. We had amazing encounters with the manatees and Captain Dustin and Steve where fun, knowledgable, nice and professional. Steve took awesome pictures and videos too!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Claudia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had John and Memphis for out trip, and they were great. A few on our trip were less experienced in the water, and they made sure all had a good time. They got us right up to manatees even though it was not peek...More

Date of experience: July 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
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