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Meet your guide and group at the tour office, located in downtown Crystal River. Multiple times are available throughout the day; early morning tours offer the best times to swim with the manatees.

Watch a video about the manatees and get an introduction to the rules of swimming safely around these endangered animals. Get fitted with a mask and wet suit to ensure the best possible conditions for your wildlife adventure.

Slip into the water and float weightlessly near the large creatures, who are known to swim slowly and forage on the river's bottom for sea grass meals. While you swim, your guides will take photographs of you, both above and below the water, so you’ll have plenty of memories to share but can stay focused and in-the-moment.

Back at the office, you can opt to purchase a CD of your high-resolution images.
Locations visited
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

Get in the water with Florida's endangered manatees on this snorkeling tour to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with several time options to suit your schedule. With your guide's careful supervision, you'll safely swim and snorkel around these slow-moving giants and learn about their biology and behavior, as well as the conservation efforts that protect them. Pack light, as your wet suit, snorkel gear, and mask are provided.

  • Chance to swim with the manatees under the direct supervision of a guide
  • Learn about their biology and behavior, plus efforts to protect them
  • Get expertly fitted for a wet suit, mask, and snorkel
  • Guides take photos of you, so you can stay in the moment
  • Opt to purchase a CD of the high-resolution images
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cool Manatee Swim with Cold Weather!

We went there in December 2017. The outside weather was happened to be cold but LUCKY was that the boat had great heat and provided wetsuits to keep us warm!

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rhonda and Mike (our guide) were great to work with. Mike was knowledgeable and patient with a newbie snorkeler. Lots of good information and experiences when we encountered the manatees. I would highly recommend this adventure!

Thank maidwithcare
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile
Snorkeling with the manatees!

We sceduled a semi private manatee tour with River Ventures. We picked them because I am a large man and they had wet suit up to size 4xl. We called the afternoon before and were fortunate enough to get a 6:45 departure. The assigned us...More

Thank Woziwoda
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile
AMAZING!! Highly recommend

Our family went on this manatee tour in the summer, when there is less manatees. We had Jody as our guide and Tanner as our captain. They were absolutely amazing! We had a great time with the manatees and they did an excellent job getting...More

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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to recognize your awesome guide and Captain. Jodi and Tanner are two of the most passionate around and take a lot of pride in what they do!! We may not see many manatees in the summer time but having...More

Reviewed 19 June 2018
Wonderful experience! Looking forward to another time!

From beginning to end was truly a wonderful time. The staff was kind, helpful and gave great advice to have a wonderful "bucket list" experience. Captain John B and guide Emerson greatly aided in giving our whole family a fun, and exciting experience.More

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RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2018

John B and Emerson are champs! They will deliver an awesome adventure rain or shine!! We take the responsibility to deliver a 'bucket list experience' seriously, so everyday is like a new day for us. You traveled long distances and planned well in advance so...More

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My boat was the covered / heated boat and it was me, three other guests, the captain, and of course our guide. I think a few more people could have fit in the boat. But you spend most of your time in the water anyway. Hope... More
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I would say 3 hours. We were in the water for about 2 hours, but most of the people in our group got out of the water before then. One couple had children so they got out early and another couple got out early because the... More
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