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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure provided by Plantation Adventure Center

Private Swim with Manatee Adventure

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Swim with Crystal River manatees on a private snorkeling tour that’s designed to get you as close to the manatees as possible without disturbing them. Exploring Crystal River in a private boat means you can move more quietly than on group tours, creating ideal conditions where manatees can comfortably approach you in the water.
You'll start at
9301 W Fort Island Trail
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USADeparture Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
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    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours -
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    Plantation Adventure Center
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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You'll end at
9301 W Fort Island Trail
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USADeparture Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
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  • Private snorkeling tour in King's Bay for a more personal manatee experience
  • Heated changing facility and towel service ensure a comfortable outing
  • Includes wetsuits, snorkeling gear, and hot drinks
  • Two convenient morning departure times available
What to Expect
Make your way to Plantation on Crystal River, where you meet your guide and get suited up in a provided wet suit in the heated changing facilities. Cruise into the manatee habitat in the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs, and then slip into the water when manatees are sighted. Coffee, hot chocolate, and dry towels are available on the boat, and the in-water guide will take videos and photos throughout the tour (available for purchase). In colder weather, manatees are even more plentiful, and the boat is fully enclosed during the winter months. Interaction with the manatees is limited to “passive observation” to ensure your manatee encounter doesn’t harm the fascinating, slow-moving creatures, and this tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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!
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Joseph A wrote a review Jun 2020
1 contribution
Mark and John Spann made this the best adventure my family has ever had. Their guidance and expertise brought my three daughters, 12, 8 and 5, face to face with beautiful manatees, fish and water springs.
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Date of experience: June 2020
Melissa B wrote a review May 2020
Tampa, Florida3 contributions
We had a wonderful time today, definitely memories the kids will remember! Captains Mark and Dustin were great and made sure we all had fun. Three adults, two teens and a 4yr old, everyone was entertained, do you know how hard it is to make everyone in a family of 6 happy all
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Date of experience: May 2020
Cassandra M wrote a review Mar 2020
3 contributions
We spent the afternoon playing with "Spot" the baby manatee and frolicking in the Big Sister Spring at Three Sisters AND it was a wonderful experience!!! Captain John drove us right to the manatees and Captain Ed was our guide in the water. We booked the private swim for my
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Date of experience: March 2020
Conrad wrote a review Mar 2020
Shillington, Pennsylvania1 contribution
It was a great day for us, we got to see far more than we expected. Would highly recommend it. Great facility, great service, great value. Conrad
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Date of experience: February 2020
Joel R wrote a review Mar 2020
Waterville, Maine1 contribution
We booked a private tour but it felt more like a VIP tour. The minute that you walk into the adventure center you can feel the positive energy of the staff and can tell that they all take pride in the operation by the condition of the facilities. There are multiple staff
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Date of experience: March 2020
About the operator

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By: Plantation Adventure Center
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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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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Best day ever
My favorite part was getting up close to the manatee. I’d love to do this again especially in winter when more are
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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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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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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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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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Was an amazing experience that I would strongly recommend to everyone! The excitement of getting ready and rolli
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Adventure Center wasn’t anything less than AWESOME! We were able to view & swim with Manatees in their natural habi
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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
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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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
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
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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Best Scalloping Trip!
Captains Jeff & Mark made our very first scalloping trip a memorable one. Super fun, safe, professional and friendl
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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