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Overview
Florida’s Crystal River, with its warm springs, is one of the best-known spots for viewing and snorkeling with manatees. On this small-group manatee adventure you swim with West Indian manatees on a boat tour that gets you up close and personal with these friendly mammals. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included, as are warm drinks and dry towels for maximum comfort.
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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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Highlights
  • Swim and snorkel with the gentle West Indian manatees in Kings Bay
  • Small group tour allows for face-to-face interaction with the manatees
  • Wetsuits, mask, snorkels, towels, hot chocolate and hot showers available
  • Guide photographs your experience, with photos available for purchase
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Plantation on Crystal River for a brief education session at the dive shop to go over the rules of swimming with manatees and learn the best ways to approach the animals in the water. From here, a US Coast Guard-certified captain leads you out into Kings Bay. Once manatees are spotted, your guide leads you into the water where you have the chance to swim and snorkel alongside the gentle giants. Your guide photographs the highlights of your swimming with manatees experience, and photos are available for purchase after your tour. Only six people per boat guarantees a more personalized experience and all snorkeling equipment is provided with the tour. Complimentary dry towels, boat coats, hot chocolate, and coffee keep you warm on the boat. The tour ends at the departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3–4 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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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Cathy R wrote a review 11 Jul
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What a fantastic time!! This tour is the perfect way to see manatees up close while also learning so much about them. Captain Ross was extremely knowledgeable and patient with both of my children (13 and 9) to make sure they had an amazing experience. We will definitely book
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Mike Cameron wrote a review 10 Jul
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Was a little apprehensive taking my 5 year old on this tour. Captains Ross and Memphis were exceptional, and we both had a blast!
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Ron Walter wrote a review 08 Jul
Belleview, Florida2 contributions
My trip was an absolute delight! Courtney, our tour guide, was professional, knowledgeable, and very friendly! She guided my group, individually, up to the manatees, and took many pictures and videos which we could buy after the tour.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Brion D wrote a review 07 Jul
Westland, Michigan6 contributions1 helpful vote
From our Captain Memphis to our guide Courtney, this trip was not only a blast, but very educational and relaxing! This is a must do bucket list type tour that you will not regret!
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Rakeem N wrote a review 05 Jul
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Adventure Center wasn’t anything less than AWESOME! We were able to view & swim with Manatees in their natural habit. Our instructors Courtney, Hunter and Memphis were very informative. During our trip I learned some very interesting things about Manatees that left me with a new
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Date of experience: July 2020
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About the operator

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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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brittanyo339
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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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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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Debsue16
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PERFECTION!!!!!!
Was an amazing experience that I would strongly recommend to everyone! The excitement of getting ready and rolli
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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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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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Happiness315256
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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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keo s
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Great Manatee Adventure
Excellent tour and so glad the Manatee have a safe place to mate and live (if they want). Memphis was our captain a
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64yajairaa
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AMAZING
Captain Mike Bruce and Ross Files were AMAZING and very knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to make sure our
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leslie698
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The real deal!
Glad we chose this company! Our guides (Dustin and I think Captian Mark) were excellent. I was worried about going
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Chris M
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A close up encounter
We had a group of 6 swim with the manatees. The guides were informative and helped put you in the right position t
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3–4 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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