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Crystal River, United States
Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer
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One of the densest populations of West Indian manatees can be found in Crystal River, Florida. Swim alongside the gentle creatures on a trip into the river, with a wetsuit and snorkel mask included. Your guide, who navigates to the best spotting locations, accompanies you into the water in addition to taking souvenir photos available for purchase. To ensure your comfort, dry towels, hot drinks, and showers are provided.
  • Swim with manatees in Crystal River, Florida
  • Get up close and personal with wildlife in its natural habitat
  • Wetsuits and snorkeling equipment provided
  • Small group ensures a personalized experience
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Use of Full 5mm wet-suits (for extra warmth), Mask & Snorkels
Coffee, Hot Chocolate, bottle water
Towel Service
US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide!
Boat Coats for cold mornings!
DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
9301 W Fort Island Trail , 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

Departure Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet-suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Plantation Adventure Center
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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What is the policy on sanitization during Small group Manatee Tour with In-Water Divemaster/Photographer?
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
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Do it. Just do it.
, Apr 2022
Our expert, Misty, was quite the asset. She knew where to go and how to handle all aspects of our tour. She was very knowledgeable and a great guide. This experience was one for the memories. Such awesome creatures. I highly recommend this outfit and the earliest shift. We were a semi private group and had the Manatees all to ourselves for over 30 minutes.
A wonderful experience checked off the bucket list! Ross and Tim are pros!
, Mar 2022
The trip before ours saw one manatee. We were hopeful we would see a few more. Our 95 year old non-swimming Mom donned her wet suit, put on her snorkel and got into the water. See loves animals of all kinds and watches nature shows, but she never thought she would be a part of one! There were 4 of us with her along with Captain and Diver/photographer. We have photos of us and manatees. We moved from place to place via pontoon and swam within a large area. They estimated maybe 40 manatees in a very large bay when we were there in late February. Prime time for seeing them is November-January when the estimates are as high as 400! All that said, we still saw several manatees and even caught a glimpse of a baby nursing. So many people trying to see the same few manatees made the photos murky but viewable. You can purchase them for about $42 on a flash drive that looks like a manatee, which we did. Captain Ross Files and Diver Tim Miller were excellent in spotting animals for us and guiding us to them. We were on a semi-private tour with 5 of our family members aboard. What a wonderful experience....HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Request Ross and Tim and tip them well for an excellent experience as we did!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome Manatee Experience!
, Mar 2022
We were guided by Captain Christian and Corey! Water was amazingly clear and they were very I formation e and fun! It was a great time! We will be back!
Wonderful experience!
, Mar 2022
We wwwanted to do something different for our 31st anniversary. So glad we did this. The 1st time I saw them upclose in their home was an unbelievable incredible experience. Loved it! Our guide, Jake, was also very knowledgeable, friendly and made the experience even better. Thanks Jake!
Manatee Adventures
, Feb 2022
Our guides knew exactly where to take us to find the Manatees. First we found a group breeding!! We watched and took pix from the boat. Then found a baby who was very inquisitive.
The best Manatee experience ever!
, Jan 2022
Fantastic captain, great guide Henry. Their number one concern was our safety and their number two concern was the manatee safety. They were friendly, kind, and patient. They made sure we did what we were supposed to do and that we got a fantastic experience with the manatees. Hundreds of vanities, amazing.
Great Day with some manatees!
, Nov 2021
Excellent Captain and Guide. Friendly, informative. We took the 6 person private tour. If you are not staying at the hotel be sure to bring a change of clothes. Although towels were provided they were pretty small. Manatee’s are awesome!
1 traveler found this review helpful
So much fun!
, Nov 2021
My husband and I went out 11/12/21 with the 9:45 group with Laura and Cory and had the best time! They made sure to get us the most time with the manatees as possible. Would definitely go back again!
Dustin and Christian were...
, Oct 2021
Dustin and Christian were awesome. Dustin made sure everyone had a great manatee experience. This wasn't peak season but they found the manatees!
Manatee love!
, Mar 2021
Wonderful experience loved seeing how close and kissy the manatees were! 2 in our party received kisses and we all were rubbed by them. Dan and Ed were great and a lot of fun
A+++ Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure
, Feb 2021
I booked the "Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure" for a Morning Semi Private at 06:30am. Have always read that the manatees are more active and curious in the early morning. I booked this site over all the others b/c they have 5mm wetsuits. (I googled to see what the difference was) haha The 5mm wetsuits keep you warmer and they also help you float better. I can say that all was true!! It was a cold morning and the water was cold, but it was totally do-able w/the thicker wet suit!! Capt John Spann was totally awesome!! I haven't been snorkeling in 10 yrs. He gave me a refresher course and helped me relax in the water. It made the time so much more enjoyable! He stayed close by and was always ready to answer all our questions. He's very knowledgeable abt the manatees, their habits, the area and abt what he does. Laura drove the boat to where the manatees were and took us to 2 different places. These two work very well together and it shows that they enjoy their job! This swim was on my 'Bucket List' and they sure helped w/it being a success!! I paid a little bit more for the smaller group and the thicker wetsuit, both were so, so worth it. There was 4 total that went this morning. My husband and myself and another couple. PLUS after we got out of the water, Laura had hot coffee or hot choc for us! I would highly recommend this company and especially John and Laura!
Experience of a Lifetime
Tina M
, Oct 2019
Went out with Captains Mark and John on October 16 for the midmorning swim with manatees. We were provided a lot of information about manatees and the area. Spent over an hour swimming with a mother manatee and her calf, and then were joined by a bull manatee as well. John and Mark were full of great information and kept safety at the forefront. They shared the information we needed to get the most out of our encounter with a manatee and made sure that we got some great photos. They both went above and beyond our expectations making this swim an experience never to be forgotten. Thanks Mark and John. You guys made this whole adventure amazing.
1 traveler found this review helpful
What a great day with captains Lance...
Philip M
, Mar 2018
What a great day with captains Lance and and Jason. I highly recommend the semi private tour as you do have more personalized attention. They made sure that our encounters with the Manatees was up close as they did not seem to know we were even there! The coffee and hot chocolate was a welcome bonus to take the chill off. Would certainly do it again. Cathy
1 traveler found this review helpful
Zwemmen met de manatees
, Apr 2022
Geweldige ervaring om te zwemmen met de manatees. De dieren zijn heel nieuwsgierig en komen soms vlak bij je zwemmen. Wij zaten in een bootje met 6 personen, de eerste toer in de morgend, zalig genoten van de rust op het water. Na de middag is het er vaak zeer druk met kayakkers.

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