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Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour

  • Use of snorkel equipment for swim with manatees
  • Multiple stops at local nature-focused parks
  • Bottled water and hot cocoa provided
Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour
From US$68.90
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Morning Manatee TourMost Popular
Early morning tour. Recommended.
Afternoon Tour
Late morning/Early afternoon tour - great for those doing a day trip from Orlando, Tampa or the beaches.
Focus on Florida's flora and fauna during this half-day tour in Crystal River. Combine visits to a national wildlife refuge, a state nature preserve, and an archaeological park with the chance to swim with native manatees. This multi-stop tour is easy with all transportation provided, and gives you a full picture of the natural elements that make this area of the country unique. All instruction and safety information for the swim with the manatees is provided by your guide.
What to Expect
You will arrive and be provided with in-water gear.  Included are your wet suit, mask, snorkel and a flotation device.  Once you arrive and get fitted, you will receive an educational briefing on manatees and how to be in their area.  You will board your small group vessel (6-10) and leave right from our marina location. Your USCG Licensed Captain and in-water guide will narrate the trip, point out birds and critters and of course be in the water with you.  Once you are done swimming, there will be hot cocoa or water on-board for you.

You will be encouraged to behave as a manatee in the water. Slow, Calm and quiet.  Floating and allowing the manatee to choose how he wants to be. They are wild animals and we are entering their space. Passive Observation is best.
Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 22 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time swimming with the giant puppies of the sea! Dakota and Sebastian were wonderful. We highly recommend this tour. Another bonus...swimming in fresh water and seeing how some Floridians live.

1  Thank Jenn B
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Experience - Plan to go back during peak season

We went on a manatee tour early Sunday morning (September 30, 2018). The location was easy to find. We watched a short video on the things not to do while in the water and we were also given wet suits and a mask/snorkel. Don and...More

Thank Taylor H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A great way to spend the day.

Took the tour to swim with the manatees at King's Bay. The day was perfect, not a cloud in the sky, and the water was mostly clear. We say several manatees, and were able to get in the water and watch them as they did...More

Thank sebringgeezers
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Fantastic experience!

We had een wonderful time with captain Sebastián and Dakota! This experience was great, the water crystal clear and the manatees are so cute and great to watch. The people of Cr watersports were absolutely very nice, helpful and professional. It was everything that we...More

1  Thank brizarr
SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We really appreciate you choosing Crystal River Watersports for your manatee tour. The manatees have been so happy this summer, and we are thrilled that the experience of snorkeling with them and the rest of the eco-tour...More

Reviewed 10 August 2018
Swimming with gentle giants

We had a lovely trip for the family, hosted by Captain Bob and Dakota. We swam with a mother and her pup and the crew were very respectful of these lovely animals. We were taken to a sink hole - but sadly too deep for...More

Thank Melissa H
SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Melissa, thank you so much for the awesome review- and for choosing Crystal River Watersports for your manatee tour. We will be sure to pass along your words of praise to our crew. We truly enjoy our jobs, and I guess it shows- how can...More

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20 May 2018|
Response from kristinnmacaulay2017 |
Hi There, you will boat past the park; however, i would suggest packing a lunch and planning on exploring and hiking in the archaeological park after your boat tour. You will get a much more intimate view. It only costs $2... More
20 May 2018|
Response from mum2divers | Property representative |
Alex, you can see one of the mounds from the boat, but can visit the park to see all the mounds, and the museum. Please be aware that the museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, so if you want to see those exhibits... More
7 May 2018|
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Response from dmireault54 | Reviewed this property |
No, but we were able to take pics with our cell phones using a clear, double sealed, waterproof pouch while actually under the water. The pics came out great!!