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Overview
Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
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You'll start at
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USALocated on property at the Plantation on Crystal River
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    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Plantation Adventure Center
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USALocated on property at the Plantation on Crystal River
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Highlights
  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
  • The on-site docks feature a heated changing facility with showers
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay. Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided. As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers. The tour ends at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Coffee, Hot chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Breezy B wrote a review 08 Jul
Brooksville, Florida4 contributions
My favorite part was getting up close to the manatee. I’d love to do this again especially in winter when more are in the area. Courtney was amazing and so was Phoenix. 5 stars!!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Debsue16 wrote a review 05 Jul
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Was an amazing experience that I would strongly recommend to everyone! The excitement of getting ready and rolling out to locate manatees, hearing some local history and passively swimming with these beautiful mammals- is something never to be forgotten. Captain Mike
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Date of experience: July 2020
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keo s wrote a review Jun 2020
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Excellent tour and so glad the Manatee have a safe place to mate and live (if they want). Memphis was our captain and our guide was Courtney. Both were excellent and really knowledgeable about the Manatee, the area, and overall just very patient with all of us. We got to see 3
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Yajaira A wrote a review Jun 2020
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Captain Mike Bruce and Ross Files were AMAZING and very knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to make sure our experience was a great one.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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leslie698 wrote a review Jun 2020
Estero, Fl3 contributions3 helpful votes
Glad we chose this company! Our guides (Dustin and I think Captian Mark) were excellent. I was worried about going in June, that we might not see many manatees, but they had no problem finding lots of them. The pictures were amazing! We brought our 4 kids (AGES 10-15) and they
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Date of experience: June 2020
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V438YCcathyr
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Amazing experience with manatees
What a fantastic time!! This tour is the perfect way to see manatees up close while also learning so much about th
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mikecameron3138
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Great time
Was a little apprehensive taking my 5 year old on this tour. Captains Ross and Memphis were exceptional, and we bot
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famvacationwith5
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Great first time scalloping
Great time with Captain Dustin! We found a ton of scallops and spent plenty of time on the water. No part of the tr
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Trek776353
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Great Day Scalloping!
Today we took a Charter with Captain John. It was by far the highlight of our trip! We’re from out of town and ca
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sallynn2014
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1 hour boat tour
Very nice tour with helpful captain and assistant. Learned some of the local history from our captain and spotted
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L805PFronw
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Great time with the manatees!
My trip was an absolute delight! Courtney, our tour guide, was professional, knowledgeable, and very friendly! She
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briond349
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Manatee mania!
From our Captain Memphis to our guide Courtney, this trip was not only a blast, but very educational and relaxing!
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dreavis2018
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Quintessential Florida Scalloping Fun!
Our adventure was an afternoon of scalloping in the Gulf. This was our third time scalloping, and our second time b
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TheBoomersdh
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Family menories
Captian John and first Mate Dylan where the best. Took two boys swimming for 3 hours finding scallop. Start the da
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860rakeemn
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PHENOMENAL
Adventure Center wasn’t anything less than AWESOME! We were able to view & swim with Manatees in their natural habi
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lewisnumberfive
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King Bay Cruise
Great way to see King Bay for the first time! Based on reading other reviews previous to booking, I expected a bit
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Dave N
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Awesome manatee encounter with skilled guides!
We took friends (dad & his 11 year old daughter) to celebrate my birthday. This was recommended by my niece after s
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elliepotter21
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Highly Recommend
We went out with Captain John and Dylan and had a great time! Captain John had us at a great spot for scalloping an
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Kenneth W
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Manatee & Scallop trip
We did the manatee tour on our first day and Captain Mike found manatees within minutes. Day two was with Captain D
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Elizabeth S
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Captain Ross was the best!
Captain Ross made our experience with the manatees so amazing. Such a wonderful man and it is clear that he really
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  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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