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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 (93)
1 - 5 of 92 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Knowledgeable,attentive and responsible.

Did the semi private tour with captain Ed and Memphis yesterday. Ed is ex Coast Guard and knows his stuff. Highly recommend you the semi private with Ed as you will each be treated to personal attention that is difficult with larger groups.

Thank 76mauricet
Reviewed 1 week ago
Brilliant experience

I booked a three hour manatee swimming experience for my family with Plantation Adventure Centre. We stayed at the hotel overnight so it was easy to get to the dock for our tour. Captain Dustin and Memphis took great care of us and we had...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Truly Wonderful!

Recently went on the Swim with Manatees Adventure with Captain Ed and Steve. they were incredible! Due to the time of year there were only a few manatees in the bay, but Steve ensured our experience will be memorable. I have swam with the manatees...More

Thank Susan N
Reviewed 15 September 2018
A wonderful experience.

My wife Mona and I were passing through Crystal River and she decided that she wanted to swim with the Manatee. She had been talking about doing this for years. It was the second week of August and we knew the chances of seeing a...More

1  Thank S427PQgeorgec
Reviewed 31 August 2018
Snorkeling over a manatee, A lifetime thrill!

Captains Memphis and Ross took us on a manatee snorkel. Being that it is off season for manatees in the area, they were skilled enough to find a lone manatee for us to snorkel over and observe. We were trained on how to behave near...More

1  Thank CindyC3696
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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
garry b
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 Michael C | 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