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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

  • 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
Swim with Manatee Adventure!
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Mid Morning
This is our regular snorkel tour for those who like to sleep in a little!
Early Morning
This is our one of our first tours of the day and manatees are early risers!!!
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.
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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1 - 5 of 149 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Manatee Swim

My family booked a trip in July with Adventure Center to swim with the manatees. Captain Dustin and Jason lead the trip and they were amazing. Dustin was in the water spotting the manatees for us and made sure that everyone on the trip saw...More

Thank Heather N
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Manatee Adventure

Me and my family had a awesome time on the manatee of venture. Dustin and Steve were super patient with us. Where the family with the crazy three year old. They took time out for all three of us and gave each one of us...More

Thank Clint K
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Experience of a lifetime!! Love Manatees

Today, we - 2 adult and our son went sailing with Captain Sparrow aka Lance and Captain Morgan aka Dustin, who also took us swimming and snorkling with the Manatees!! They have a lot of know how and told a lot about the area and...More

Thank Christel M
Reviewed 1 week ago
A MUST for anyone visiting Crystal River

My husband and I recently stayed at the Plantation on Crystal River and took this tour with Captains Ross and Lance. We had the best time!! We're YouTuber's and wanted to film for our channel. We got great footage up close with a manatee and...More

Thank shamilton9026
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Worth getting up early for!

My friend and I did the early morning swim. Everything about it was easy and enjoyable. The crew was great. Captains Lance and Bob made sure we had a great experience. They were friendly and so knowledgeable. We learned a lot from them. Plan on...More

Thank Patty S
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18 July 2018|
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Response from leecey411 | Reviewed this property |
We went in mid March and visibility was great!
5 July 2018|
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Response from 805rigoe | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, it's in a fairly remote area. The only way I am aware of is to drive there.
28 June 2018|
Response from Carole M | Reviewed this property |
The travel time is about an 1hour and 45 minutes. It is easy driving, on good roads. We got there faster on the way home than we did in the morning. You will LOVE the tour!!
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