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Private Manatee Tour

  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees
Private Manatee Tour
From USD 551.20
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7:15am departure; Private Swim with the Manatees tour. Valid for up to ten (10) passengers.
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6:15am Tour
6:15am departure; Private Swim with the Manatees tour. Valid for up to ten (10) passengers.
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9:15am Tour
9:15am departure; Private Swim with the Manatees tour. Valid for up to ten (10) passengers.
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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this private, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased later, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
What to Expect

It's called Crystal River for a reason, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the warm spring fed waters where many West Indian Manatees call home.

Located just 1.5 hours West of Orlando, you'll meet your guide who will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge which is known as the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.

After checking in at the tour center you will watch a brief video about the manatees, go over the rules of swimming and how to interact in a manner that is fun for both you and the manatees. You are then fitted for a wetsuit to prepare you for your snorkeling adventure. Your guides will photograph the highlights of your entire manatee swim tour from start to finish, both above and below the water. Upon returning to the tour center, a high-resolution picture CD containing images from your manatee tour will be available for you to purchase if desired.

Please note: early morning departures are the best time to swim with the manatees. For a speedier check-in process it is advised that you have your swimsuits on under your clothes. Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings.

Reviews (40)
1 - 5 of 36 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful Tour Guides to the World of the Manatee

My hubby, 13-yr old, and I had a wonderful 3-hr trip on semi-private houseboat with another couple and their teenager. Our boat captain and guide were both very knowledgeable and highly experienced. I've heard of companies that exploit the manatees, but this company did a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank April W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went on the Semi-Private Heated Houseboat Manatee Tour (4 hr) - Homosassa (which wasn't listed as a tour option in the drop down for this review) on 12/16 and had a great time. Captain Phil was great at spotting the manatees from the boat...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Fatboy04
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for this awesome feedback! Captain Phil and Shanna are awesome, and so excited to share what they do with the world!! Homosassa River has been super this year, and the tours are going great...we are glad you found a couple friendly tees!...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018
Private Manatee Tour - Amazing Experience!!

Swimming with the manatees was on my bucket list for years and this experience was absolutely amazing! We did a Private Tour (15 people total in our group) on 12/1 and everyone had a great time! We were scheduled for the 7:15am tour and from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ManateeVM
Reviewed 9 December 2018
Amazing Experience

Everyone associated with River Ventures is friendly. From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, everything was a five star experience. Before you leave on the tour you learn about the manatees and gain an even better understanding of how these animals live...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank raasnio
Reviewed 26 November 2018 via mobile
Great Tour

Had a great tour, nice captain and guide! Spotted about 20 manatees around the springs of Crystal River.

Thank NLSvV
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