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Private Manatee Tour provided by River Ventures

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Private Manatee Tour

Private Manatee Tour
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99% of travellers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 7336P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • All gear included
  • Bottled Water provided
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Price reflects 1 to 10 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • All gear included
  • Bottled Water provided
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Price reflects 1 to 10 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Santiago family
Tampa, FL2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
Captain Kelly and Guide Marissa were awesome from start to finish. Very knowledgeable and trustworthy. Kelly and Marissa work very well as a team, Marissa in the water showing us what to do once we encountered these beautiful manatees and Kelly on the boat as a spotter and safety captain (small gator curiously near us). This was a great experience for all of us and we highly recommend this team. There were 5 of us on a pontoon boat plus Kelly and Marissa. 3 hours, Snacks, water, Gatorade and adult beverages and of course, manatees, included in the price. Overall, we had a wonderful experience and will definitely be back in January (Kelly recommended).
Written 22 June 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

robertspartyof3
Conyers, GA16 contributions
As part of our daughter’s 15th birthday trip, my husband and I surprised her with a “swim with the manatees “ experience! The educational video prior to hitting the water was super easy to understand. Marissa was our tour guide and JJ was our pontoon captain. They made an excellent team of knowledge & humor! Marissa did a wonderful job teaching us manatee behavior and the dos & don’ts of how to remain calm in the water. JJ was very knowledgeable about the surrounding habitats and wildlife (and we chatted about finding sharks teeth, too!). Although we only saw a few manatee, we really enjoyed swimming around in the bay. We’ve decided to come back again when a majority of the manatee migrate back to the area. A heartfelt “Thank You” to everyone from the booking, front office, Grizzly & Captain (the welcoming committee), our shuttle drivers, Marissa, and JJ for an experience we recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing and unique experience.
Written 17 June 2022
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Alese H
Port Charlotte, FL9 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
Let me start by saying because manatees usually migrate in the warmer months we were not so sure we were going to be able to even see one. When we called to ask questions before we booked they informed us they have about 20 resident manatees and they were having good luck with their tours, so we booked! Our tour guide Lindsey L. Was extremely friendly, professional, and informative with the knowledge she has. Our captain, Emerson, was extremely funny and couldn’t have made us feel more at home. Big thanks to Lindsey for helping get our 4 year old son off the boy as he was terrified! She got him to let go of the latter by asking him if he could hold her camera and then went to drop it to get him to let go and try and get it. Once he was in he was fine, bravo! We couldn’t of had a better time or experience and learned lots of interesting things also… and yes we got to swim with the manatees with lots of pictures we couldn’t be more pleased with!
Written 22 June 2021
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BandJE
Colorado32 contributions
The six of us (4 adults and 2 kids) snorkeled with manatees at 3 sisters spring out of crystal river. Did a 6:30am private tour with Captain Emerson and in water guide Lindsay. Both of them were knowledgeable and enthusiastic and wore masks without being asked to protect us from Covid. They quizzed my kids on manatee knowledge and made sure everyone was comfortable and having fun. It was a cold cloudy morning and the portable heater was pumping by the time we got back on board. The hot chocolate on board was much appreciated. Saw many lazy mommas and calves. The area was already getting crowded when we left around 9am. My only issue was quickly rectified. When we entered the shop, the woman at the front desk asked if we had any kids under six. I said no because our youngest child is six. When we got on the boat, there were no child sized life jackets on board. Had I not asked about it, I'm not sure the River Ventures staff would have gone back to the shop to grab the two kid sized vests we needed. My small kids would not have been safe in adult sized jackets. Although they are both six years and older, the younger kid weighs 40 lbs. But, they grabbed the life vests within 5 min and we were on our way. We had a great time. Thanks Lindsay and Emerson!
Written 3 January 2021
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Jammey B
2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
Wow! Our family had such an amazing time swimming along the manatees. One of the best experiences I’ve had in a long time. Our guide Irish Dave and our captain was so pleasant and patient with helping our family as well as giving special attention to our youngest who needed extra help. Also the team inside the gift shop was so very helpful and patient. We had a wonderful time that will last a lifetime. I recommend buying the pictures that the guide takes so that they come out extra nice and that way no one is left out of a picture. Amazing can’t say it enough! Thank you again from your New York guest and future return guests we loved everything!!!❤️
Written 8 May 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Marika C
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Family
Today was magical on our swimming with manatee adventure with Shana and Shelly! They were so knowledgeable about the river and respected the area where the manatees were which made it feel like they loved their job taking us out for our experience. They searched for manatees high and low for us to swim with and guided us each moment on how to respect and love the manatees the same as they did. Taking us along the river and offering hot chocolate as we explored in and out of the water was so fun for the kids. And to have the patience with us and take our time as we swam the springs and listened to their own stories made it so welcoming. I can’t put into words what I felt as I weeped tears of joy after swimming with the manatees on the boat. I have fulfilled a life long dream today and it was perfect. Thank you both so much for sharing your love of the manatees with us.
Written 30 April 2022
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Judy S
1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
If you are interested in doing a manatee tour on the Crystal River in Florida, RIVER VENTURES is the tour to pick!
From the very beginning booking your tour online until you walk out of the shop after your tour everything is absolutely perfect. The office staff, the tour guide and the captain are all wonderful. We had a VIP tour with captain Wade and Trish. They were absolutely awesome. They explained everything we should do and everything we should not do. We knew exactly what to expect. We saw many manatees and we knew how to behave around them. Trish guided us in the water so that we would have a great experience and captain Wade helped locate manatees from the boat. I cannot say enough good things about this experience!! Book with River Ventures in Crystal River, FL.
Written 2 July 2022
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Lauren H
3 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
We had, hands down, the best time today! From start to finish everyone involved was incredible. Captain Matt and our guide Shellie were the absolute BEST though! They were so accommodating and kind, especially to our three boys. Once in the water, Shellie guided them to where they could get the best view of the manatee and when they were a little overwhelmed, calmed them and eased their worries- keeping them in the water where eventually they had the most amazing experience! I could go on about how great our day was but you just have to book and see for yourself. We cannot wait to go back!!
Written 21 February 2022
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Jose M
1 contribution
Feb 2022 • Couples
My fiancé and I were pleasantly surprised to find out we were the only 2 on our tour! We booked a 7:30am tour on a Tuesday in February. Trish was our guide and Wade our Captain, both super nice and knowledgeable. They put us in a secluded spot where we were the only tour boat around. Luckily we found a some very interactive manatees there. The manatees came right up to us and gave us a kiss. The boat and shuttle bus was warm and they provided hot cocoa, coffee, and snacks. What a perfect day!
Written 4 February 2022
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Holly M
1 contribution
Feb 2022
Amazing experience! Highly recommend the private tour. Small group, maximum of 6. Pontoon boat was enclosed for the cooler weather as well as heaters on the boat. Beverages and snacks were provided. Captain Troy and Paige were awesome! Very knowledgeable and were all about making sure we had a great experience…… and we did! Saw and interacted w/ at least a dozen Manatee! Loved it! 🥰
Written 5 February 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: River Ventures
Miuwman
Miuwman
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Great manatee trip
Dave and JJ were great. We had over an hour on one stop with a manatee and pup. Great guide, very informative! Woul
Dhall76
Dhall76
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Best day ever
Mel and Captain Irish Dave were the most amazing hosts today!! They worked so hard to make sure we had the best exp
garont754
garont754
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Manateeapalooza
This was a blast! Shellie and Mel were awesome and the tour was great. Start to finish was an absolute treat and we
menri2022
menri2022
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Great deal great tour
This turned out to be an awesome tour. From the debrief to the fitting to the actual tour. The guides were very kno
F4770ZVkerrym
F4770ZVkerrym
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Best bucket list experience
Captain JJ and Dave were amazing. They were very knowledgeable and great at their job!! Made my bucket list item b
brandyr257
brandyr257
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Semi-Private Manatee Tour
Amazing!! The whole staff was super friendly and professional. Ask for Captain Troy and Paige. They made our experi
B2131LJjustina
B2131LJjustina
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Do It!!!
Tour was awesome!! Trish (guide) and Wade (captain) were both awesome! Extremely knowledgeable and welcoming to our
S5328VHheatherd
S5328VHheatherd
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Amazing!
Went out with Irish Dave and Regular Dave, these guys were awesome...a lot of fun. We swam the full 3 hours with mu
572tyr
572tyr
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Manatee swimming
The swimming with the manatee was really fun for all of us and the staff was really friendly and was really patient
brianaw525
brianaw525
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River Ventures- a must do adventure
Capt. JJ and Shanna did a fantastic job! They were very knowledgable about the animals, habitat and the area. They
juliesK431VL
juliesK431VL
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Best experience ever!
Our manatee tour with Shanna and JJ was amazing! The instructions before and during the tour gave us all the inform
TJ J
TJ J
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Fantastic tour. Liz and Emerson were excellent.
This was an excellent last minute booking for our vacation. Liz ( our guide) and Emerson (our captain) were friend
264amandaj
264amandaj
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Great experience
Swimming with the Manatees in this beautiful, clear water, was one of the highlights of our trip. The river was a l
MrsAuk79
MrsAuk79
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Go! It's amazing! 5*****
Wow! Waking up at 4am (because of how far away we were from the venue) was not something I thought we would do whil
Jennpoisson
Jennpoisson
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Manatee Monday
Marissa and Kelly were awesome guides. My niece Emily had the best time. We were there celebrating her birthday and
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