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Perfect for the special attention you deserve with a customized, private tour.

See all the different wildlife, locations, and beautiful natural environments in the gem of the nature coast. Each tour differs based on what you may see but possibilities include dolphins, manatees, aquatic turtles, snook, tarpon, snapper, water snakes, and several different species of bird; including but not limited to ibis, pelican, ducks, commorant, anhinga, great blue heron, snowy egret, and many more.

Ask about the different area islands; Christmas Island, Banana Island, Parker Island, Buzzard Island and many more. This tour starts at our dock in the north of King's Bay and travels through grasslands, inland waterways, springs, and canals to find the wildlife you would like to see. When we find manatee, we get you into the water to swim with them.

While visitors to the Crystal River Refuge are often surprised by the number of Florida/West Indian Manatees and are thrilled by the variety of surface behavior on display, what draws most people is the opportunity to enter the Manatees watery world to encounter them on a more personal level, an activity commonly referred to as "swimming with manatees." The Crystal River Refuge is part of the much larger Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of Citrus County. This Refuge is one of the few places where people are permitted to enter the water with manatees. As a Refuge, all activities within its bounds are subject to regulation, and there are very specific regulations that apply to the activity of swimming with the manatees as well. These regulations serve several purposes. They protect the manatees from harassment, and they also happen to provide the best possible chance of a lasting and meaningful encounter.
Locations visited
Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
Manatee Tour and Dive
Overview
Manatees, dolphins, aquatic turtles, and more make the waters off the coast of Florida an ideal snorkeling location for nature lovers. This private tour keeps your experience special by limiting participants to just your group, a swim guide, and the boat captain. This private tour can be customized by the type of animals you would most like to see, and includes swimming near manatees at the Crystal River Refuge.
Highlights
  • Private snorkeling tour from Crystal River
  • Customize your tour based on what animals you would most like to see, like dolphins, turtles, or water snakes
  • Swim near manatees at the Crystal River Refuge, one of the few manatee rescue sites in the country
  • Weave your way through a network of inland waterways, grasslands, and canals to find the wildlife you are most interested in learning about
  • Private tour operated with just your party, a swim guide, and a captain
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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile
5star amazing

Great tour, informative and fun. Surpassed our expectations. Both Captain Tedi and Adrian we fantastic. Encouraging to kids when nervous. 5 ⭐️

1  Thank Fiona W
Reviewed 9 March 2018
Awesome time with Great STAFF

Me and friend decided to take our four kids (7,6,6,5) out for a snorkel with the Manatee's with some apprehension but thought we would give it a try, worst case you come back early. Well we ended up staying out for the max time and...More

1  Thank CanuckalHEad
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile
Wonderful company, guide and captain!

We did this tour on January 11. We had a great deal with this company and we were delighted to also have a top quality experience as well. Also We have 4 kids ages 17, 16, 8, and 5 and Brody our guide and Alex...More

1  Thank Coaleen K
Reviewed 3 January 2018
Very Dissapointed

My husband, many family members and I have enjoyed a number of manatee tours and often take our kayak to Three Sister Springs. I was hoping to introduce my son and granddaughters (visiting from Minnesota) to the joys of swimming with manatees and thought I...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018
Experience To Remember

Amazing, even when its 50 degrees outside. My seven year old daughter, my most prized possession, is fearless. She can barely thread water without a life jacket. I am ever grateful to our guide Taylor and captain Alex. Taylor kept a close eye on the...More

1  Thank David R
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