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Crystal River Manatee Swim

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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
What to Expect
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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
By: River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
Kristin T
Amazing Experience
5+ stars for this fantastic adventure! Rhonda and JJ were excellent guides and did their best to find us the best
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Kyrsten M
Early bird gets the worm er manatees
Thanks to our boat capt. chip and guide JJ! Water temp was great, tons of manatees! Don’t skimp on the hot cocoa
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Paul S
Homosassa, Florida
River Ventures VIP Swim with the Manatees
What a morning - the tour is swim with the manatees but it should be called dance with the manatees! Captain
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This was our second time going out with the River Ventures team and we could not recommend this more. The first
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Leila G
Most amazing experience ever!!
My family went on the semi-private tour with Gavin(captain) and Jose (tour guide) back on Feb 8th. It was the
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Christine A
Marquette, Michigan
Swimming with the manatees
Beyond our expectations ...the weather was perfect the water clarity was clear and the staff was responsive to
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Laura K
So cool
Hooray for River Ventures! JJ and John B, our driver and guide gave a great tour. Face to face with manatees!
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Kate H
The Villages, Florida
Wonderful family day with the Manatees
We were fortunate the weather turned cooler and there were many Manatees in the river today. It was a wonderful
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Playa Mom
Las Vegas, Nevada
Experience of a lifetime!
We decided to swim with manatees in January, knowing that is the best time to see them in this part of the
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Mary Y
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Great Experience
I was nervous as I am not a good swimmer but I wanted to try to swim (float) with the manatees. I did not think
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, and 1 more
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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