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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge provided by River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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USD 74.16
2 adults
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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 21/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 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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Kevin_Kasper wrote a review 4 Aug.
1 contribution
First and foremost: go on the 6:15 AM tour. That is the one you want. You’ll have the greatest chance of finding manatees and least chance other tourists have scared them off into hiding. My wife, 18 year old son, and I did the snorkel with Manatees tour this morning and it
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Date of experience: August 2020
Amanda C wrote a review 4 Aug.
Dawsonville, Georgia38 contributions10 helpful votes
If I could give both the tour and the captain and guide six stars, I would! We traveled with a group of seven, ranging in age from 10 to mid 50s. From the very beginning we all felt very comfortable. The lady getting us started with the video was very knowledgeable and kept
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Date of experience: July 2020
Bob F wrote a review 1 Aug.
Dalton, Georgia2 contributions1 helpful vote
We walked in the door and were greeted by name. Brandi, the host who provided the educational information and background was very welcoming, knowledgeable and fun. Our guides Shelley and John were very knowledgeable and helpful. The facility and boat was clean, wetsuits and
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Date of experience: July 2020
Cheryl S wrote a review Jul. 2020
2 contributions
We loved our captain Wade and our first mate/manatee whisperer Trish from River venture s! We saw a manatee almost immediately!!
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Date of experience: July 2020
Jorge V wrote a review Jul. 2020
Douala, Cameroon2 contributions
My and my daughter had a very good time swimming with manatees. The crew on the boat and at the store were excellent and very helpful. I would recommend the half day if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: July 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
Wade and Trish - five stars!
This is my second time visiting crystal river but my first time experiencing it with river ventures and I must say
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Highly recommend the VIP Tour
Captain Gavin and JJ were wonderful! I highly recommend requesting them when you book... I do recommend the VIP tou
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Sensation Scalloping Trip
Annual Scalloping Trip - We were celebrating a milestone anniversary with our family - It was peaceful, the CPT & A
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Best Experience Ever
We had the best experience! Crystal, our in-water guide, and Captain Ross were amazing! We were able to see a total
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This was the best time I had in a while. The staff were above excellent. They set the bar high. EXCELLENT as far as
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Best day ever!
So glad we stumbled across River Ventures! Staff was amazing! JJ and Capt Troy were fantastic with our family, incl
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Manatee Adventure
Chrystal and Capt. Ross did a wonderful job showing my family the manatee experience! I highly recommend this pla
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Captain Gavin And Megan were Wonderful!! We found a Manatee ”Patches” and her baby. This was our first time doing
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Early morning tour
Mike & JJ were great! Highly recommend this trip 😍. Great guidance and excellent photos. Staff is friendly & help
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Fun for all!
9 of us ages 11 to 67 went on our first Manatee tour today! It was the highlight of our vacation, and one of the mo
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Absolutely incredible!! Trish & Wade!!!
Trish & Wade are THE ABSOLUTE BEST!!! What an amazing day and experience!! They knew the water like the back of the
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Awesome experience
We really enjoyed this trip with Crystal and Mike. We saw a nursing mom and baby and 2 other manatees. It is so coo
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Excellent! We had extra time and this crew went out of there way to show us crystal river on a beautiful boat ride.
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Susan O
Captain Gavin is The Best!!!!!
Our Family group of adult Kids, mom and dad, had The Best Chuck’s Cancer Victory Scallop Tour with the amazing Capt
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Scallop Trip - Awesome day on the Water
My family and I had a great time scalloping with Capt. Troy and guide/photographer JJ. The guide in the water is w
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  • Duration: 3h
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