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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

  • 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 
Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
From USD 94.00
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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. 

What to Expect

Make your own way to a designated meeting point,  where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the day’s 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.

Reviews (79)
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Reviewed yesterday
We love the manatees!

River Ventures gave us a beautiful experience along with pictures and video clips to look back on! Tanner our captain, and Heidi, our guide, were both warm, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Before we left, Gloria showed us an educational video about the manatees...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank dgzara
Reviewed 3 days ago
Truly Amazing!

Phenomenal experience. These creatures are amazing. Don't think, just book it! The next time I return to Florida, I am taking this tour again!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nicole8032
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
True to the Reviews! 5 Stars!!

We booked this Small Group VIP Manatee tour because we wanted the personal touch! Just a bit more in price, but, it was completely worth it. Our Tour Guides were Wade and Trisha and they were more than perfect!! Even my teenage daughter participated, put...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tonyhZ8493OY
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing tour

We went on this tour on Nov 12 2018 and I have to say it was very educational and fun. Captain John Stark and Phil were great and we got to see a couple of manatees, this was one of the best experience of our...More

Thank 661amayae
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Unglaublicher Vormittag!

We had the most amazing time at the Manatee tour today! Unfortunately our first booked kayaktour got canceled because there weren’t enough participants, but we got a free upgrade to the VIP tour which was even better. Our guide Heidi and Captain John S. were...More

Thank Florian M
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Response from Dave F | Reviewed this property |
They give you three options on the photos, around $27 for the disc, $34 for the USB, and around $40 for the on-line album. They also provide floating aids for everyone in the water, no extra charge.
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