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Just 90-minutes from Orlando is Crystal River and where you'll start your private swim with the manatees. After checking in with your private captain, you'll board an enclosed pontoon boat which will offer you warmth and comfort after your swim. The pontoon has windows on each side, perfect for observation. You'll have use of a wetsuit and snorkel gear, so just bring your swimsuit and towels!

Your captain (a local to the area) will bring you to areas that the manatees are known to be. Hiding among the sea grass of the river, these curious and gentle mammals can be found looking for food or even a new friend.

Choose between an early or late morning departure, both options will leave you the afternoon to enjoy to the rest of your stay in Crystal River.

Please note:this is a private tour. Pricing varies based on the number of passengers in your booking. There is a minimum of two (2) passengers per booking and a maximum of six (6) per tour.
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Manatee Fun Tours
Crystal River
Overview

Swim with the West Indian Manatees in Crystal River on this private excursion. Take an enclosed pontoon boat down the river to an ideal spot for your swim. Suit up in the provided wetsuit and snorkel gear, and dive into the water to see the manatees up close, they’re often spotted among the river's seagrass.

Highlights
  • Swim up close with manatees

  • Private excursion for just your group

  • Enclosed pontoon boat for added warmth after your swim

  • Includes wetsuit and snorkel gear

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Reviewed 16 June 2018
Best experience on the river!

I took my two kids, 11&13, and my sister on a private tour/swim with Captain Broderick and our guide Matt. The Captain and Matt did an excellent job locating the manatees and giving us an up close and personal experience. They were awesome and the...More

Thank LeAnne C
Reviewed 4 June 2018
Best experience ever!

Captain Broderick was the best. He was hilarious and fun to talk too. He helped my parents and I figure out how to swim the way you are supposed too to see the manatees! Our tour guide Matt was very patient and helpful with helping...More

Thank LisaMarie G
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile
Amazing and respectful tour

We really enjoyed our tour. The team was great and very professional. We were a small group of persons as other companies offers tours with large amount of guests swimming together. So we could more enjoy the informations of our guide, Tom and of our...More

Thank camilles530
Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile
Great experience but not for young children or non swimmers

I loved this tour was a great experience I’ve given it 5 stars for my personal opinion but other members in our group wouldn’t have and I’ll explain in this review. We had looked into swimming with manatees for something different to do other then...More

Thank beckysayers2018
Reviewed 11 April 2018
Amazing wildlife viewing

JJ and Irish Dave were awesome guides. We were out on a day with high winds so our boat and the water were a bit rough but every attempt was made to make it memorable so that was minor inconvenience and you can't control mother...More

Thank Rebecca R
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Manatee Fun tours is now owned and booked through Riverventures. Great tour!
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