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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this boat tour. 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 afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees in their natural environment
  • Fun for the entire family
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Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
Professional guide
Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Gratuities
Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
Photo DVD (available to purchase)
Towel and swimsuit
498 SE Kings Bay Dr , 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY River Ventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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star-5
The two women operating...
George_W
, May 2022
The two women operating the boat was very helpful,knowledgeable and just nice!!! That made the experience great.. thank you so much for doing a great job
star-4
Great trip
Lindsay_M
, May 2022
We loved this experience. We went in May and is was risky as we knew the manatees normally go out to sea in the summer. Our guide and captain were great and knew there were some manatees that had stayed back. We swam with 4 manatees for approx 90 minutes. If I ever get to do this trip again I would definitely go in the winter months when there are more manatees. Wet suits were provided which were needed.
star-5
Worth the money!
Joseph_Z
, May 2022
The crew was great and upbeat, they made the day fun and took every step to make sure everyone had interactions with the Manatees!! We would highly recommend them, and we are going to go back for the Scallop dive!!
star-5
I am in AWE
Nicole_B
, May 2022
This was amazing! Marissa and Emerson were fantastic guides and our family had amazing day. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. If in doubt, book it. It was an amazing day and I count myself so incredibly lucky to have had this experience.
star-5
Excellent!
Cecelia_W
, May 2022
Shelly and Sara were very wonderful and knowledgeable tour guides. They kept things interesting with random facts about the springs and local wildlife
star-5
A Fantastic Experience
Lawrence_H
, Apr 2022
We had a great tour led by Captain Mike and guided by Ryan. We swam in a spot where the manatees were active and followed a mother and her baby around the area. Mike and Ryan found fishing Dolphins and it was spectacular to see. Afterwards they took us to one of the big springs that feeds the bay with fresh water. Their knowledge and friendliness made it a perfect tour and a life time experience. Thanks Mike and Ryan.
star-5
AMAZING
kami_k
, Apr 2022
This was the most amazing exprerience I have ever done! Thank you! The driver and the diver could not have done a better job.
star-5
Amazing
Sabrina_N
, Apr 2022
Getting so close to these beautiful creatures in their environment. Amazing. Our guides Ryan and Kelly were fun and made sure we all enjoyed ourselves.
star-5
Amazing, quiet, preaceful
Margot_D
, Apr 2022
Lindsey & Irish Dave were amazing trip leaders. They identified where manatees were swimming quickly & we were able to enjoy them quietly without slit if outside disturbance. Also visited a nearby spring to explore. Will ask for them next time be we go.
star-5
Our great rainy day swimming with Manatees!
margie_T
, Apr 2022
Great experience! Great guide and captain showed us we’re very personable and guided us to many manatees! Everything about the trip was GREAT! Would do it again when we have more visitors! Would like to have had the opportunity to get some picture our guide took?
star-5
Awesome adventure!
Julie_D
, Apr 2022
Swimming with Manatees was so cool! Captain Mike and our guide Shanna were great! Every step of this adventure was explained to us. They spotted manatees and helped us into the water right away. It is truly a memorable event! We could not believe how huge some of these gentle giants were. We did the 8am tour on April 13 and would do it again. We saw many manatees and quite a few had babies. So cute!! If you are thinking about doing this.....Do It!!! You will be happy u did. :)
star-5
Fun times!
Nichole_B
, Apr 2022
Great captain (Liz) and amazing guide (Shanna (banana))! We saw two sets of mom and baby yesterday! Loved the trip and loved the manatees!!
star-5
Awesomeness
Heidi_E
, Apr 2022
The information was great that Sara gave. Seeing the manatee was awesome. My son, daughter-in-law, grandson loved it all.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Swimming with the manatee
Anthony_S
, Mar 2022
Cpt. Shellie and guide Shannon were great! They made the trip fun for the adults and children. Even those that did not know how to swim were were able to have close encounters with the manatees with Shannon's aid.
star-4
We loved seeing them and...
Eileen_M
, Mar 2022
We loved seeing them and being in the water with them. They are so cute and very gentle creatures. We learned many interesting facts about them. It was a great experience.
star-5
First time goers
Brandon_P
, Mar 2022
Our captain and guide were very helpful, pleasant and polite. It was a little cold that day but thank goodness for the semi private tour with the heated cabin. The experience was an awesome one! Many manatees were seen.
star-5
Great family experience
Maggie_G
, Mar 2022
We had a great time with a wide range of ages, from 6 years old to 52! The guides were relaxed and friendly. The only thing we missed were the pictures taken by our guide.
star-5
It was a wonderful...
Gina_G
, Mar 2022
It was a wonderful experience The crew was very knowledgeable Most of the time spent in the water with the manatees
star-5
Absolutely amazing
Alaina_F
, Mar 2022
Absolutely an amazing experience. We had Marissa as a tour guide and she was fabulous! Some people in the group were… “difficult” people, but she handled them wonderfully and made sure whatever we did was something the whole group wanted to do instead of what just that one person wanted. Her and captain Emmerson found us a manatee and got super close to him! He was absolutely adorable and I would for sure come back to see them again! We also saw stingrays, underwater birds swallowing fish whole, turtles, tons of fish, and saw several springs that Marissa took us to and let us just hang out and swim. It was An amazing experience!!!
star-5
Awesome!
Amanda_P
, Mar 2022
Liz & JJ were awesome tour guides! Very friendly & knowledgeable about the area and animals. We saw 3 manatee's and 1 was a baby & mom couple. Awesome experience!! 😊

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