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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour provided by River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

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Overview
On this quintessential Florida adventure, you'll observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Florida’s Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Cruise the Crystal River in a luxury pontoon boat that is fully enclosed and heated during winter (the best time to see the manatees). This small-group experience is designed to view the animals without disturbing them. Plus, if manatees are spotted, you'll slip on your fins and snorkel and swim alongside them. 
Highlights
  • See and swim with manatees if they're spotted
  • Ride in a luxury pontoon boat that's heated in winter 
  • Fully narrated tour reveals little-known info 
  • A small group ensures personalized attention
What to Expect
Make your own way to a designated meeting point,  where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the itinerary and go over rules for snorkeling with the manatees. Slip on a wetsuit and board a covered pontoon boat (in the winter, it’s fully enclosed and heated). As you slowly enter into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for birds, fish, and other wildlife who call the area home. If manatees are spotted, you can slip into the water with them, staying at a respectful distance all the while. The best time to see the manatees is in the winter when they cluster in the warmer upstream waters of the reserve. An underwater photographer snaps shots throughout the day, and you can purchase photos or DVDs of your experience once back at the Manatee Center.
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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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 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
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • 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 6 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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Victoria L wrote a review Yesterday
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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. Best deal for a private tour!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Amgi E wrote a review 12 Jul.
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We would highly recommend River Ventures swim with the Manatees. Awesome experience, well organized, great guides (Captain Wade and Jon). We went with two kids and the guides were so informative and helpful!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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McKeen23 wrote a review 3 Jul.
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What an amazing experience Capt Troy and Manatee whisperer Megan were amazing. We all had such a fun time and learned so much about these gentle giants!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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kingbrown0 wrote a review Jun. 2020
Lynchburg, Virginia35 contributions9 helpful votes
Out group of only two was guided by Matt and Captain Emerson. They were wonderful and intelligent guides. They got us to manatee quickly and were very quick about getting into the water and into a good position. Both were quite knowledgeable about other animals we saw in the
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from RiverVentures, Manager at Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
We strive...everyday...for EXCELLENCE! We want our visitors to be impressed from beginning to end no matter what sort of tour they have with us!! Matt and Emerson are quirky, passionate and dedicated guides that add a whole level of knowledge and experience to this encounter....thanks so much for noticing!! We hope you get the chance to visit us again...until next time, Peace, :Love and Manatees from the whole crew!!
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Bud P wrote a review Jun. 2020
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The guides did a fantastic job! We always felt very safe, saw lots of manatees and got up close and personal. It was well worth the time and money. Lots of bang for the buck. The whole team was very friendly and knowledgeable. A very enjoyable outing for my wife's birthday! I
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Date of experience: June 2020
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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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Great Day Scalloping Crystal River with Troy and JJ
Went on a scalloping adventure with River Ventures out of Crystal RIver, FL on July 11, 2020. Boarded a 20 ft pont
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Excellent experience on Manatee Swim
My husband and I took a swim with the manatee tour on Friday 7/10 at 6am. We had Trish and Wade as our guide and ca
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Excellent experience on Manatee Swim
My husband and I took a swim with the manatee tour on Friday 7/10 at 6am. We had Trish and Wade as our guide and ca
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We swam with Manatees!!!
This was an awesome experience! The tour company prepped us for our safety and the manatee safety. They really care
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BKrause74
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Incredible TOUR!
Wade was an excellent captain and Trisha was a great guide! Water was so clear and we had an incredible encounter
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Silvamary12
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10/10 Experience
We would like to thank Trish and Wade for an amazing experience. They were both friendly and knowledgeable. Their
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Truly unique Experience!
Truly unique experience. Our Captain and Guide were absolutely amazing, and extremely knowledgeable. Got up close w
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JustJaim
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Amazing up-close Manatee Encounter!
Captain Mariah and Heidi were amazing! We went on the 6:15am tour on July 1st. It took a little bit of searching
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Cusitrvl
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An experience we will never forget!
With Mike as our captain and Heidi as our snorkel guide, we had an amazing time. They were so friendly and excited
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458leannaw
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Excellent!
Captain Mike and Captain Shelly were amazing! They made sure we had the best trip that we could ossicle have! They
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Coronavirus Approved!
Captain 'Irish Dave' and Megan were awesome! We had a nice small group of only 5 people on our boat. Everything wa
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Fun filled day with manatees
What a fun filled day! Captain Wade and our guide JJ were outstanding! My family and I did the swim with manatees/
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608ryleel
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So much fun!
Everyone here was so friendly and informative! JJ and Captain Wade were awesome! They made sure we saw and got up c
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, and 1 more
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Languages Offered: English
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