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Small Group Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling Tour

Highlights
  • Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River
  • See a scenic natural habitat where manatees thrive
  • Use snorkeling gear to see manatees underwater
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Small Group Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling Tour
From US$60.00
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Overview
Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River on a wildlife tour that gets you close to the West Indian Manatees that flock to the Crystal River's many freshwater springs. You'll learn about the remarkable manatees and the ecosystem they depend on, then slip into the water to see the manatees as they swim and feed. Wetsuits and all snorkeling equipment are included in this Crystal River manatee tour, with warm drinks served on board the boat.
What to Expect
Upon arrival at the dive shop, guests will be fitted for wetsuits and asked to watch a brief video from US Fish and Wildlife outlining their encounter with the manatees. The captain and guide will then take the group to the boat and embark all passengers and give a short safety brief. Once underway, the guide will further explain how to interact with the manatees once in the water and fit the guests with their masks and snorkels. While transiting to the swim areas, the captain and guide will present information about the area wildlife and what guests can expect to see during your tour. They will also answer questions and take pictures along the way. Once the vessel sights manatees, the captain will anchor the vessel and the group and guide will proceed into the water for your encounter. The guide will stay with the group the entire time, ensuring that the guests get the most out of their experience, all while taking photos and videos of your adventure!
Reviews (82)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Magical experience!

We recently went on the 6:30 am tour and we were the only ones on the tour. We went with our children, aged 9 & 10. It was a magical family experience! We found a mom and baby manatee. The mom went and had a...More

Thank Heather D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing trip!

My husband and I booked a manatee encounter based on all the great reviews I read online about this company. They did not disappoint. The number of manatees we saw may have been small but the quality of time we spent watching this amazing mammal...More

Thank Tammy H
Reviewed 12 September 2018
Everything I hoped for!

We recently went on the manatee snorkeling tour with Captain Ron and Lauren on August 31st and it was AWESOME! It is off season but we saw at least 6 manatees and we had quality swim time with 2 manatees up close. The boat was...More

Thank madlane2
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile
Fantastic Experience, this is the tour operator you have been looking for!

I highly recommend this experience! The springs are beautiful enough to see on their own, but when you see the gentle giant manatees, it brings it to a new level. Well worth the drive from Madeira Beach. We were worried we wouldn’t find the wild...More

Thank vandenbar
CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you all very much for your kind words! We love our small groups, it gives us a chance to get to know you and give a much more personal experience with our wonderful creatures. hearing back from our guests and we hope to see...More

Reviewed 16 August 2018
Great service and fun experience for families with young kids

We knew going into this in August that it isn't really manatee season. We did the earliest tour to have the most likelihood of seeing any. Fortunately, we were among one of the first companies in the water and right away found a mama and...More

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CapRon74, Owner at Gulf Coast Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed the trip! Lauren had a fabulous time with the boys and even though you had to get up early, being one of the first groups out certainly has it's perks. We'd love to see you guys again and give us...More

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1CHELSEAFC
29 August 2018|
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Response from Kelly M | Reviewed this property |
Towels were provided along with wetsuits & hot chocolate. You can also use your underwear camera
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madlane2
16 August 2018|
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Response from CapRon74 | Property representative |
Right now, we here in and around Crystal River are fortunate enough not to be experiencing any of the issues the wildlife are dealing with further south. Our resident population of manatees is remaining healthy as are our... More
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MrCDT
26 May 2018|
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Response from 851kristij | Reviewed this property |
I think we were in the water 2hours
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