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Overview
Encounter the endangered West Indian Manatee in Crystal River’s idyllic Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Your US Coast Guard licensed captains and guides will take you into the 600 acre spring fed refuge waters for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious, slow moving gentle giants. All equipment, fees and beverages are included.
Highlights
  • 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
  • Guides take photos of you, so you can stay in the moment
  • Opt to purchase a CD of the high-resolution images
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
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 4 days ago

River Ventures rescued our 3-hour manatee swim experience in Crystal River when another company we were booked with had an unexpected issue with their boat. This was arranged for us with only about 24 hours notice. Fortunately that company had a good relationship with River...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Roving712224
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'd give River Ventures more stars if I could. Very friendly and accomodating staff. We had an unforgettable experience overall. Especially wanted to mention our guide Megan and captain Emerson - they were absolutely wonderful. My biggest recommendation is to book a private or semi-private...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank kursk73
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I wanted to do a quick daycation. This was a perfect experience. Captain John and JJ were fantastic guides. They really knew a lot about the manatees but, more importantly, they genuinely cared about their well-being. Their respect and appreciation for the...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Zannie F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've loved manatees since I was a little girl. My hubby surprised me with a weekend trip and manatee tour. Absolutely blown away. I've read some reviews on here complaining of the scarcity and I'm amazed at how ungrateful people are. We got to see...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank kysheriffcouple
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While in Florida and after the amusement parks and shopping, make it a point to visit Florida’s Nature! Row, Row, Row your kayak around the bay and stop my the Three Sister Spring for a dip to cool off. We went off peak season but...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Meghan M
16 September 2019|
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Response from rebecca g | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we spent @ 5 minutes getting to the manatees, your whole time is in the water, then after the swim, a 15 min cruise to another location. The waters are super calm, this is a 5 star tour,
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shannonloves2travel
13 July 2019|
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Response from michellefO680SH | Reviewed this property |
Ours was just about 3 hours exactly! They were very efficient with the instructional/wetsuit/shuttle process and maximizing our time on the water!
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Redneckladey
28 May 2019|
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Response from stephaniec005 | Reviewed this property |
The USB was so worth it!
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