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Snorkel With The Manatees

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Address: 4155 S Suncoast Blvd, Homosassa, FL 34446
Phone Number: +1 352-257-8687
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Do not let your once in a life time adventure be fooled by seasonal guides....

Do not let your once in a life time adventure be fooled by seasonal guides. Allow our local, 4th generation tour guides that are here everyday (360 days) to escort you and your family to the best Manatee and Dolphin encounter ever.

  Thank you for reading our reviews. We are located on the West Coast of Florida just across the street from the Homosassa State Wildlife Park ( The only Wildlife Park in the United States)and a short drive from Kissimmee FL (Orlando) and Tampa Bay/Clear Water area. For just $60 per person, we offer one of the coolest wildlife encounters, "To Snorkel and Swim With Manatees". Our guides are friendly and very helpful with over 15 years and of forth generations of guiding families to interact with Manatees in Homosassa Springs, the hidden secret.

      We offer many different Manatee and Dolphin Tours that are just perfect for a day of fun in the sun. Book your Manatee Tour with our friendly staff and professional guides on our limited seated boats. We only allow 6 passengers on our River Boats at one time.

    This gives you more time and room to enjoy your excursion. We look forward to meeting you and your families

Captain Gene and Crew

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great time, well done, good value

My wife took the 11 am tour on Feb 1st. Wonderful tour guide (Erica?) - very knowledgeable and helpful. It was a great day too - lots of manatees, great weather. exciting but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
David B
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife took the 11 am tour on Feb 1st. Wonderful tour guide (Erica?) - very knowledgeable and helpful. It was a great day too - lots of manatees, great weather. exciting but also relaxing. Small group tour was a help too. Good value

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parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review. We appreciate the honesty of our guest feed backs. Captain Erica is one of the best tour guides for manatees in Citrus county. Keeping our groups small allows you as a guest to really enjoy this amazing encounter. I gives us the time we need to assure you the best. We look forward... More 

Loudon, Tennessee
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48 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

pick a cold day to do this activity. warm days the manatees are out in the gulf eating. cold days they are staying warm in the river fed by warm springs. the girls had a friend who lived at the end of the river and we were able to clear the bridge to get back to the inlet. there were... More 

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parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review. This review is not entirely accurate. During our winter months October - April majority of manatees stay in the Springs where it is warm. It's not so much the outside air temps that affect the manatees as it is the actual water temps in the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, it can be a... More 

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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a great time today swimming with the manatees. Anna was very informative and made our trip very fun and relaxing. Would recommend to anyone! Can't wait to come back. Thanks again (:

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1 Thank Kelly Q
parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hi Kelly and thank you for your review. Yes Captain Anna is a true blessing for our tours. We treat everyone like family. Keep in mind, we only take small groups. This allows the Captains (Tour Guides) to take the time you need to assure you the best tour in the world. See you guys soon Captain Gene More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Truly awesome. Captain Erica was full of knowledge, fun and happy to answer all of our questions. We were lucky to be the only group in the water and the manatees were stunning. Would book again and again, thank you for such a brilliant afternoon!

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parkit88, General Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

OK ENOUGH SAID ALREADY!!!! I'm sick and tired of hearing " Captain Erica was awesome" " Captain Erica is the best" " Captain Erica is so knowledgeable" "Captain Erica this, Captain Erica that" Geeesh, give me a break.... She better be that good, I trained her.. Yup if your looking for a good time and education, look no further. You... More 

Florida
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66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We booked the snorkeling plan with my family. From the 3 hours of tour only 1 was spent actually snorkeling. About 1 hour is spent in the office getting everyone ready, no matter if they are not in your group, watching a video and driving to the pier. The remaining time was used "looking" for manatees. They do keep the... More 

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parkit88, General Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review. The total tour time is about 3 to 3.5 hours from start to finish. We try to keep you in the water with the manatees for approx 1- 1.5 hours. However this water time is totally up to the manatees and their behavior. Check in only takes 10 minutes this is why we... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Intimate smaller group encounter. Very quite and Calm. Captains were very knowledgeable and experienced. Clean equipment and facilities. The manatee's were unbelievable coming right Up to us and staying near our group. It was an amazing day. I highly recommend this over the commercial loaded boats that frequent the waters. These captains are locals and will take you in areas... More 

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parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Not sure I can say anything else, this review says it all. This is a way of life for our tours. Don't be fooled by a seasonal tour guide, allow us to share our expert level of this River and education about the manatees and their environment. More 

Whittier, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I and our two young children got to snorkeled with the manatees. I read all the reviews and decided to book with this company because I loved how the manager Gene handled negative reviews he was very graceful unlike other companies. Our Captain Anna was great she could answer all our questions and was very knowledgeable in... More 

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parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your review. We strive to be as tender with our guest as we do with the manatees. However there are times that we just miss the boat. We love this encounter and will always do what we can to achieve the highest customer rating. We treat you like family. The weather has began to cool... More 

Cleveland, Ohio
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The trip was amazing. I took my 11 year old son, who has loved Manatees since he was little. We found 4 that we got to swim with and it was so awesome. The pictures were great. I was worried with the weather forecast and temps, but it ended up being our favorite part of the trip. It was totally... More 

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parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your reviews. We are so happy that this was the highlight of your vacation, this is really a cool way to see wildlife. Yeah the weather may not be the best some days but the manatees will warm your heart. This is a outdoor adventure, so come prepared. We will find the manatees guaranteed or... More 

Brent Knoll, Somerset, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

It was a shame that there was only a couple of shy manatees on the day we visited, but our captain (Erica) tried everything she could to find us some less shy animals. Sadly the weather was against us as it was raining heavily so we ended up having a nice boat ride and some snorkeling in warm waters. While... More 

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parkit88, Manager at Snorkel With The Manatees, responded to this review

Hi and thank you for your review. Yes, we are a 4th generation tour guide service, we will find the manatees. However it's up to the manatees for the personal interaction. Sometimes the manatees just want to rest, they may have traveled a loooong ways to visit our springs. Keep an opened mind upon arrival and you will be rewarded... More 

Memphis, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Met the Capt Erica Toney at a store front in Homosassa for a quick orientation. The tour itself is inexpensive with the option to rent any additional equipment you may need. I appreciated the Capt's honest input of weather and water conditions so we didn't pay for anything not needed. There were just two of us, the other couple cancelled.... More 

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