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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
Swim with Manatee Adventure!
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This is our regular snorkel tour for those who like to sleep in a little!
Early Morning
This is our one of our first tours of the day and manatees are early risers!!!
Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay.

Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided.

As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers.

The tour ends at the starting point.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Once In A Lifetime

What a great trip! A few weeks ago I asked a friend if she had any interest in swimming with manatees. She was and so was her adult daughter. So it ended up being a girls overnight trip. We stayed at The Plantation , where...More

Thank OlivejuiceME
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Very Much Enjoyed It

Just completed a snorkeling trip this morning with my teenage kids - LOVED IT!! The population of manatees this time of year is pretty much the residents, so there aren’t a ton, but we did end up swimming with a mother and her baby...was great....More

Thank ecseps
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Had a great time swimming with the Manatees!!

We had Captain Steve and Captain Lance. I really enjoyed how very much they loved sharing their experience with the history of Crystal River. I know they have numerous tours daily, but to us it was extremely clear that they enjoyed sharing all they knew...More

Thank Melanie K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Snorkel with Manatee

Captains Steve and Memphis were great quickly finding a mother and calf to swim with. This was off season for manatee so they were not as plentiful in the springs as they will be in the winter months. We had a great experience! I would...More

Thank jdmjones
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Awesome Experience

My Fiancé and I went on this tour in off season in August. Although there is not nearly as many manatees in the water at this time of year we were able to find 2 manatees and swim amongst them for a long time. Captain...More

Thank John K
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garry b
17 September 2018|
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Response from Capt W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, several people had GoPro's recording underwater.
18 July 2018|
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Response from CRona3 | Reviewed this property |
When we went in March, the water was freezing.... So we wore the wetsuits they provided...the water was so clear and perfect. We saw about 20 manatees each day we went out.
6 July 2018|
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Response from 805rigoe | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, it's in a fairly remote area. The only way I am aware of is to drive there.
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