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Private Manatee Tour

  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees
Private Manatee Tour
From US$551.20
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7:15am departure; Private Swim with the Manatees tour. Valid for up to ten (10) passengers.
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6:15am Tour
6:15am departure; Private Swim with the Manatees tour. Valid for up to ten (10) passengers.
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9:15am Tour
9:15am departure; Private Swim with the Manatees tour. Valid for up to ten (10) passengers.
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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this private, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased later, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
What to Expect

It's called Crystal River for a reason, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the warm spring fed waters where many West Indian Manatees call home.

Located just 1.5 hours West of Orlando, you'll meet your guide who will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge which is known as the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.

After checking in at the tour center you will watch a brief video about the manatees, go over the rules of swimming and how to interact in a manner that is fun for both you and the manatees. You are then fitted for a wetsuit to prepare you for your snorkeling adventure. Your guides will photograph the highlights of your entire manatee swim tour from start to finish, both above and below the water. Upon returning to the tour center, a high-resolution picture CD containing images from your manatee tour will be available for you to purchase if desired.

Please note: early morning departures are the best time to swim with the manatees. For a speedier check-in process it is advised that you have your swimsuits on under your clothes. Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings.

Reviews (38)
1 - 5 of 34 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Private Manatee Tour - Amazing Experience!!

Swimming with the manatees was on my bucket list for years and this experience was absolutely amazing! We did a Private Tour (15 people total in our group) on 12/1 and everyone had a great time! We were scheduled for the 7:15am tour and from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ManateeVM
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Experience

Everyone associated with River Ventures is friendly. From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, everything was a five star experience. Before you leave on the tour you learn about the manatees and gain an even better understanding of how these animals live...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raasnio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Great Tour

Had a great tour, nice captain and guide! Spotted about 20 manatees around the springs of Crystal River.

Thank NLSvV
Reviewed 7 August 2018
Manatee tour in June 2017

private tour with our family. the guide supplied the wet suits, masks, and everything you needed to swim with the manatees. the guide led the way with a Go Pro camera and supplied photos when the tour ended.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Terrence R
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile
Memories for a lifetime

Our group of 8 snorkeled with Mike and Wade to see manatees in their habitat. They were both friendly, helpful and encouraging. My younger kids were nervous about snorkeling, but were put to ease by our two guides. Mike was our guide in the water...More

1  Thank melaneeerwin
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

We couldn't agree more!! Everyone should experience this adventure at least once in their life...and here at River Ventures we take that 'bucket list' responsibility very seriously!! So many people save up for this, planning for a long time, making sacrifices, traveling long distances....and that...More

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