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Crystal River, United States
Private Manatee Tour
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Overview

Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this private, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. 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 later, 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
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Fun for an entire group or family
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Private tour
Professional guide
All gear included
Bottled Water provided
Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
DVD (available to purchase)
498 SE Kings Bay Dr , 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Price reflects 1 to 10 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • 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.

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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 Private Manatee Tour?
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 Private Manatee Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Manatee Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Private Manatee Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Manatee Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Private Manatee Tour.

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star-4
Fab Tour!
Michelle_K
, Jun 2022
We had a fab private tour with Ryan! The captain of the boat was so helpful with our 4 year old. The river was much smaller than we anticipated and the manatees much larger! The experience itself was absolutely incredible! Really wonderful! We had briefing, equipment and transportation. Only improvement and it’s not a criticism - Ryan took loads of photos of the manatees but my advice for him would be to check out Instagram and see what sort of images people are looking for. I was hoping for a great shot of me and manatee, my son and a manatee but there was lots of manatee shots I could have got off the internet. Really wanted that one awesome shot!
star-5
Wonderful!
Lauri_H
, May 2022
Captain Irish Dave and Marissa made our trip absolutely perfect!!! We had kids who were very hesitant to get in the water but they were so kind and patient and Marissa made every effort to make them feel safe in the water with the manatee. Captain Irish Dave was so encouraging to us and gave us the best experience that everyone could enjoy. I would highly recommend both guides if you have a large family or group.
star-5
Perfect - best day of our holiday
pinktess
, May 2022
Just the best day. Seriously amazing and a privilege to be with such beautiful creatures. We were a party of 9 from 3yrs to 66yrs everyone jumped in and loved it. The guides were awesome too x
star-5
Snorkeling with the floaty potatoes
Brittany_H
, Apr 2022
My friend and I traveled all the way from Michigan and this was at the top of our to do list and we were not dissapointed! We got to see lots of manatees enjoying life, lots of fish, and an alligator. We got to swim privately with 2 different manatees for some time, which was such an amazing experience and they really are super adorable close up! Our guide Sara was awesome, she was knowledgeable and friendly and made finding manatees and staying next to them look so easy. And our boat driver Gavin was really nice too and hooked us up with some manatee mochas (hot chocolate and coffee) which was really great after being in some chilly water. He also had a captain in training who was cool and had some animal facts to share herself. I highly recommend checking them out and seeing some chunky sirens.
star-5
Great experience
Kristin_F
, Mar 2022
We were hoping to see a manatee or two but ended up seeing and interacting with many manatees! Lindsey and Kelly were very knowledgeable and fun. Great experience for our family
star-5
Bachelorette trip!
Jessica_H
, Feb 2022
Went for my friend’s bachelorette trip and had a blast! Saw more manatees than we thought and our guide Sarah and boat captain Mike we’re phenomenal! The were so knowledgeable and so friendly! 10/10 would do again and recommend to a friend!
star-5
Choose this Company for your Manatee Experience!!
Hannah_S
, Jan 2022
Kelly from River Ventures was an amazing guide. Our son, who is a disable adult, needed more attention and care so we paid for a private tour. Kelly never missed a beat and was there making everything possible for him so he had an authentic and special day floating with the creatures he loves. We cannot say thank you enough to this professionally run, well organized, and wonderfully staffed company. If you want to have an experience with the manatees, choose River Ventures!
star-5
Our guide Sarah and...
Troy_B
, Dec 2021
Our guide Sarah and Captain Chip were fantastic! We did the private tour and were glad we did. Just the 4 of us with Sarah in the water with 3 huge Manatees and a baby. They came up to us and rolled around like puppy dogs, even looked us in the eyes face to face within inches many times. Couldn't have dreamt of a better experience with those creatures and our crew. This company cares about the Manatees, our environment, and their customers!
star-5
Unforgettable experience
Jayne_S
, Dec 2021
Skye was so knowledgeable about the aquatic life, and so kind to me. It was my first time snorkeling and she was an excellent teacher and SO very patient to me. I had a wonderful experience that I will never forget.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Debra_P
, Dec 2021
Liz was an amazing tour guide. We had 3 kids—ages 6,4 &2. She was so great with them it really made for a family experience we will never forget. We happened upon the perfect weather and saw many manatees.
star-5
Very helpful staff
Mary_H
, Dec 2021
The staff helped each family member, from youngest to oldest out into the water so no one was left out due to inability to swim or being afraid. It was ideal for my family because we all got to float with the manatee, and I wasn't the one that had to take each kid, but I was able to float and snorkel without worrying about the kids..
star-5
Absolutely fabulous time...
scimoore
, Oct 2021
Absolutely fabulous time spent with the manatees, and Trish and Wade!. Highly recommend requesting them as your tour guide! We were a family of 10, 70 year old to 7 year old. Perfect activity for all!
star-5
So!Much!Fun!
Katie_V
, Jul 2021
So! Much! Fun! Lindsey M. and Capt. Peter are the best. They make a great team and were easily able to find manatees for us to enjoy. The manatees were happy to see us, too! Great experience! I do recommend doing a VIP/private tour. That is what we did. There is a lot more room on the boat and more space to enjoy the manatees. The manatees seem to enjoy it more as well.
star-4
The people and booking process were...
Clarence B
, Feb 2018
The people and booking process were awesome. The only issue was due to the warm temperatures there ware not many Manatee's and only 2 people of our group of 8 got to see them in them water. However the boat operators were great and went out of their way to make sure we enjoyed the trip.
star-5
One of the best experiences we have...
Alene K
, Aug 2017
One of the best experiences we have ever had. Love, love, love swimming with the manatees!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
We went into this tour not really...
Barbara M
, Jan 2017
We went into this tour not really knowing what to expect, and we were pleasantly surprise to see so many manatees! Our boat captain and guide were very informative and friendly to those of us in the water, as well as those who remained as observers on the boat. They were also very considerate of other tour groups in the water. The manatees were so curious and interacted with us in the water. We would highly recommend this tour.

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