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Homosassa Swim with the Manatees

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    What to Expect
    Enjoy the unique privilege that is exclusively ours here in Citrus County Florida by swimming with the manatees in the Homosassa Springs! Homosassa (Seminole Indian for ‘place where peppers grow’) is home to a large population of endangered manatee during the winter season and the lack of commercial operators in this area means less crowds and a more natural environment. The laid-back vibe in Homosassa makes this tour uniquely different than Crystal River and the undiscovered Gem that is known as the  ‘Blue Waters’ by locals can be yours to discover!  Having the chance to encounter these curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat is an adventure that your family will never forget!

    Embark on your journey with a Coast Guard Certified Master Captain and a guide that will serve as your in water chaperon, educator and photographer. Your tour will run three hours from start to finish and everything you will need is included for one price. You will begin at our full-service tour facility in Old Homosassa, a quaint fishing village, where you will be educated about the animals and receive tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. You will be taught the in’s and out’s of ‘passive interaction’ as this ensures that the animals enjoy the experience as much as we do! You will then be suited up and your boat is waiting for you at our river-front location, no transport to the dock necessary! Our Coast Guard certified covered pontoon is nicely equipped  to take you and your guests in comfort, to find these gentle giants. This rich estuary and tangle of canals will amaze…..birds, fish and wildlife abound! Submerge yourself in the manatee’s world! Finish your adventure by viewing your Guide’s photos back at our facility and be sure to visit our one-of-a-kind gift shop! Our well-informed staff will direct to other local attractions, restaurants and answer all of your questions before you are on your way.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    River Safaris and Gulf Charters
    • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wetsuit)
    • Bottled water
    • Professional guide
    • Gratuities
    • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
    • Photo DVD or USB (available for purchase)
    • Towel and Swimsuit
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Not recommended for child aged 2 and under
    • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    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 3 weeks ago

    Gavin is amazing. We will come back for sure. He was very knowledgeable and very nice. He accommodate our request to float and swim as well as tour the springs. We really enjoyed our trip.More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank drw325
    RiverVentures, Manager at River Safaris And Gulf Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your experience! Gavin is incredible, and we are so blessed to have him as a Captain. Remember to call when you return...you'll get a nice repeat customer discount, and you can even request Captain Gavin! We...More

    Reviewed 15 July 2019

    I never thought I would have an opportunity to swim with manatees and Emerson and JJ made it such an amazing experience! All the photos we received were great angles and they really captured every moment! I highly recommend! Every staff member we came across...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Angela B
    Reviewed 11 March 2019

    My husband and I chose to swim with manatees in Homosassa rather than Crystal River because we read that there would be fewer groups/smaller group sizes. I'm confident we made the right decision! There were only five people in our group (seven including the captain...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Emily J
    Reviewed 21 February 2019 via mobile

    We had booked an afternoon trip because we were Driving from Naples. We had the boat for our self . Jodie was a fantastic captain and we could feel how much she loved the river. JJ was fantastic with the kids in the water -...More

    Thank HenrietteL61
    Reviewed 10 February 2019 via mobile

    We did the 7:15am semi-pirate VIP tour with Captain Emerson and manatee guide Shana and it was amazing! They were very nice and answered our questions. We were able to see 5 different manatees during the trip. We even had the opportunity to touch one...More

    Thank M_M0992
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