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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour provided by River Ventures

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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
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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. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7336P13
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
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
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Additional information
  • 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
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
Departure details
  • 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

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Ariel L
1 contribution
Manatee viewing
Oct. 2021 • Couples
This was so amazing . We saw two adults and one baby and loved the entire experience! Very informative and very fun!
Written 25 October 2021
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Christy G
1 contribution
Best tour memories of a life time
Oct. 2021 • Family
We had Paige as our guide and Tony as our captain! My family had an amazing time we plan on coming back again. We will make sure to have our same tour team it was a great memory made for my family and we’re blessed to have shared it with Paige and Tony!
Written 24 October 2021
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Rodger M
Utila34 contributions
WOW, WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!
Oct. 2021
Wow, what a wonderful tour! Captain Troy and our Guide Paige are a world class team when it comes to giving guests a great experience!

We can not recommend this team ENOUGH and will be back to have them take us Scalloping!

Fantastic team run a very efficient operation with Manatee protection #1 on their list. You can not go wrong with them!
Written 24 October 2021
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crystal c
Bakersfield, CA1 contribution
Best Tour! Best guides Paige and Troy were awesome
Oct. 2021 • Family
This was amazing! Paige and Troy were the best! My daughters and I had just the best time. We would recommend Paige and Troy to anyone, fantastic!!! Best guides on the water.
Written 17 October 2021
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John T
1 contribution
Wonderful experience, everything we hoped for.
Oct. 2021 • Family
Captain Troy & Captain Kelly were both very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. We swam with two sets of manatees 4-6 month old babies with moms, amazing experience. They both had good recommendations for other nearby activities. Highly recommended!
Written 16 October 2021
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Aleena T
2 contributions
Amazing Manatee Experience
Oct. 2021 • Family
Captain Troy & Captain Kelly were both amazing. They were able to quickly find manatees, we saw two sets of females with their calf’s, even though we are early in the season. They also showed us around on an enjoyable boat ride and pointed out other wildlife as well as good restaurants around the area. Overall, very enjoyable and extremely beautiful.
Written 15 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dorothy M
1 contribution
Manatees are amazing.
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Captain Troy and Captain's Kelle were amazing. They were very informative, very easy to talk with. They found Manatees quickly, even though we are in early season. I'm going again next month and will ask for them again.
Written 15 October 2021
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Tina V
1 contribution
Manatee experience
Oct. 2021 • Friends
Captain Troy and Captain Kelly were absolutely awesome! So much knowledge and fun to just talk too. Saw a nursing manatee and a baby and mom. And a pregnant one. Great day!
Written 15 October 2021
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Kim B
1 contribution
Beautiful day!
Sep. 2021
Husband and I were only there for the day so we weren't sure we were going to have time to do a boat ride, but we decided to see what River Ventures had left. We were able to do a 3pm pontoon ride and we were the only ones on the boat besides our wonderful Captain Dave! He did a great job telling us about different things as we toured. Although I was a bit disappointed we didn't see any manatees, we did see turtles and some wood ducks and overall it was a nice relaxing ride!
Written 14 October 2021
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Jackie C
Brainardsville, NY12 contributions
My daughter Shelby had a great time!
Peter our captain and Lyndsey M our guide did a great job, worked very well with me even though I didn’t get the hang of swimming with the manatees! Peter was very knowledgeable of the area and Lyndsey M did a great job with guiding people to areas where the manatees were.
Written 11 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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850markig
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Wonderful
We had a blast! The staff were friendly, informative and made the day wonderful and really fun! A must for all of o
HJT_13
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It was Amazing!
Had a wonderful time. Would do it again and recommend to everyone. We had Peter and Kelly, best guides ever!
viktoriiabar
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Amazing!
It’s was amazing experience! A lot of fun ! We saw mom and kids manatees and a lot of really big fishes) three sist
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Excellent Manatee Tour
Our family group of 4 had a great time with captain Peter and guide Matt. They were very knowledgeable and took the
Onekindd
Onekindd
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Beautiful experience
My wife picked this adventure for us and our best friend to try.This was the best experience we’ve ever had! Emerso
meganparker0924
meganparker0924
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Best Group to go Swimming with Manatees
We made a last minute trip down to Crystal River to take our kids to swim with the manatees for fall break. This w
gracebK1PX
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Best Manatee Tour in Town
We had a blast! JJ and Mike were very helpful and knowledgeable. They found us a manatee relatively quickly to swim
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Great tour! Best way to see manatees! Ask for Trish and Wade!
Awesome experience! Definitely worth it to go with a tour company and guide, and better by far to be in the water w
Y7665EItomr
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Amazing swim with a Momma and baby Manatees.
Lyndsay M and Captain Emerson were amazing hosts. We were able to swim with a momma and baby manatee.
jamical2021
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Best team in the business
Wade and Trisha are the best team to have lead your Manatee adventure. They perfectly balance a deep caring for th
G7735OGjamesh
G7735OGjamesh
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Awesome
Erika,jim,hayden,and Chris had an amazing time swimming with the manatees we had an amazing guide her name was Lind
samsterrazas
samsterrazas
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Well worth the money! Great experience!
My group and I really enjoyed our day swimming with the manatees. Irish Dave (our captain) and Kelly (our guide) we
E2844IMmelissal
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Fantastic experience!
We had an amazing experience with Captain Troy and Paige. Both of them were so kind, friendly and knowledgeable. O
smoaksmom
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Great Experience!
We did the ENDANGERED EXPRESS - Endangered Encounter Group Manatee Snorkel Tour with a a Gulf and Dolphin Quest Air
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Best Manatee Experience Ever!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My family of six had an amazing time with Capt Wade and in water guide Trish! Both are fun, informative and very k
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