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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River

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  • 3-hour Crystal River paddling and snorkeling tour
  • Watch for wild manatees in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Explore these Gulf Coast waters of Florida on a kayak or SUP
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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River
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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River
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Overview
See West Indian manatees in their native environment on this 3-hour tour in Crystal River, a town on Florida's Gulf Coast. With a guide, you'll explore Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and you'll have the chance to snorkel to see the manatees in the waters of Kings Bay. Wetsuits, equipment, and beverages are provided.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the tour meeting point in Crystal River to begin your manatee experience in the early morning. After transfer by shuttle boat to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, you'll meet your captain-guide and hop aboard your kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Paddle around the waters of Kings Bay, taking in the natural scenery and watching for manatees and other native wildlife. When you wish, you can put on your provided snorkeling gear and hop in the water for a swim. You are also free to stay on top of the water at all times, if you prefer. Learn about the ecosystem from your guide, who also takes photos of your tour both above and below the water.

Your tour ends with return to the starting point, where a high-resolution disc of photos is available to purchase, if you wish (own expense).

Note: Make sure to bring your own towel and a plastic bag to keep your belongings dry. It is recommended that you wear your swimsuit under your clothes to save time at the start of the tour. A wetsuit is provided to put on over your swimsuit. 
Reviews (54)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
No Manatees

I spent almost $70 per person to snorkel with the Manatees. Winter is supposed to be the best time to see them which is why we went in January. Because of the warm weather the manatees went back out to the gulf so we were...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Trip596322
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
AMAZING time in Crystal River

My friends and I had an incredible time with River Ventures at Crystal River!!! Our experience was more than we could have imagined. Every part of our experience exceeded our expectations. Every staff member was incredibly knowledgable about manatees in Crystal River and about their...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank emmagkiley
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Amazing time, great employees

I have nothing bad to say about River Ventures! From the moment we walked in the door, the staff greeted us and were so friendly. They made us feel welcome and talked us through everything. It was warm so there was not many manatees but...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ilovedogs12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Experience!

Thank you Laura and Shanna for finding the manatees, teaching us about them, and for a great tour! This was an amazing experience which I strongly recommend - worth the drive. It was fascinating seeing the manatees in their environment. Great for families with kids.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Purzilini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Easy, fun, and (plus) informational.

The trip was planned by my better 3/4 while on vacation in Florida, and I will openly admit I was not exactly excited about the idea (based on what little information I provided myself).…... But here I am writing this to say it really was...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ntm2831
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