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Private Manatee Tour provided by River Ventures

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Private Manatee Tour

Private Manatee Tour
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$602.64
per group (up to 10)
Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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About
This private manatee snorkle tour may only be 3 hours, but the memories for your group will last a lifetime! Your very own USCG certified captain will embark with your private group to explore the refuge and get you up close with our ‘gentle giants’!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 7336P3
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • All gear included
  • Bottled Water provided
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Price reflects 1 to 10 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • All gear included
  • Bottled Water provided
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Price reflects 1 to 10 people
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Popular mentions

5.0
221 reviews
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219
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Melissa L
1 contribution
Fantastic experience!
Sep 2021 • Family
We had an amazing experience with Captain Troy and Paige. Both of them were so kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Our group consisted of my 3 children, all three with a different level of water comfort and age. We had a fantastic time. The care and patience given to the kids (and adults) made our day (in addition to the magical experience of swimming with the manatee). Paige and Captain Troy were both very personable and put us all at ease. Highly recommend requesting these two for your manatee adventure! Honorable mention to Blue the dog for greeting us on our return to the building!
Written September 26, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joyce P
Hoffman Estates, IL1 contribution
Best Manatee Experience Ever!!!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Sep 2021 • Family
My family of six had an amazing time with Capt Wade and in water guide Trish! Both are fun, informative and very knowledgable. Our group was a group of half seasoned and half new to swimming with Manatees. This is the third time my husband and I swam with Manatees, our second time with Riverventures. If you have never swam with Manatees, I highly recommend you venture out to do this and highly recommend doing so with Riverventure Tours. Request capt Wade and guide Trish!!! You won’t be disappointed!! Thank you Capt Wade and Guide Trish for a great time and helping to make this first time experience for half our group an amazing experience!! We hope to swim with you both the next time and yes will definately request you both!! Until we meet again. God bless you both, stay safe and healthy!!!! We give this company, Capt Wade and Guide Trish 20 gold stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Written September 18, 2021
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Necrocution
1 contribution
Tricia and wade
Sep 2021 • Friends
Trish and wade were excellent and provided a great experience where we were able to see manatees, would recommend.
Written September 16, 2021
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John N
Cleveland2 contributions
Manatee swim!
Sep 2021 • Friends
Great trip, Wade and Trish took care of us and made sure we all got time around the manatees. Great experience!
Written September 16, 2021
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Heidi G
34 contributions
Best experience EVER!
Best experience EVER! We were nervous about the cold temperatures (only in the upper 30’s when we started!) but the wet suits and the manatees make you forget about all of that! Seriously the best. Our guide was outstanding and our captain took us to the best spots!
Written August 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jamaicanmecrazy12
Shavertown, PA57 contributions
Swimming with the Manatees
We had an awesome time swimming with the mantees! Captain Peter and Lindsay L were amazing! Definitely recommend doing this! Very cool spring we got to see too!
Written August 23, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bonnie A
1 contribution
Fantastic experience
Aug 2021
The staff was amazing setting up our tour making sure our suits fit well and teaching us all that we need to know to swim with the Manatee’s. Troy and Paige made it very educational And exciting experience we’ve had in Florida. They made the trip comfortable and friendly and we would recommend them as your guides for your next outing. It was great
Written August 12, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

WendyH.CTMH
7 contributions
Awesom
Nov 2020
A wonderful experience to snorkel with the manatee and then tour the bays by kayak. The guide made sure to keep us close but not so close we changed the feeding behavior of the manatee. Loved all the pictures and video we received (over 130)!!!
Written August 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sahara
7 contributions
Best time
Aug 2021 • Family
We had a blast!! Lyndsay and Emerson were our official tour and water guides and they knew their stuff! They were so patient and kind and made sure we got the best experience! Very knowledgeable and we are so glad we took the time to book this tour! If you’re on the fence (or even not) don’t think and just do! You absolutely will not regret it!!!
Written August 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kathleen B
2 contributions
Amazing experience!
Jul 2021 • Friends
I went with 5 other girls for my sister's bachelorette trip and we had an AMAZING time. Our tour guide JJ and Captain Emerson were absolutely wonderful and ensured that we had the best possible experience. We even met some curious little baby manatees who interacted with us for a considerable amount of time. What a dream come true! From taking pictures and videos of us, to tracking down manatees, to letting us explore a natural spring, they made this trip an unforgettable experience for us. Thank you, thank you!!
Written August 2, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: River Ventures
Stamba1
Stamba1
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Awesome manatee day !!
Fantastic day!! We had a wonderful time swimming with manatees and shell island in the gulf. Ross and Kelly were a
Shancamcan
Shancamcan
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Close Encounter of One Kind
It was amazing!!! Troy, our captain and Liz, our guide were fantastic. Very informative and knowledgeable. Definit
smoaksmom
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
judyf508
judyf508
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Top notch tour company
Mike and Liz were fabulous. They love their jobs and they love the manatees! Mike and Liz respect the animals and t
Jenjay2007
Jenjay2007
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AMAZING experience
Lindsey M and Irish Dave were AMAZING! We had so so much fun! All on the boat had an upclose experience with a mana
suewP876EX
suewP876EX
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Experience of a Lifetime!
Absolutely loved it! Dave and Peter were informative, friendly, helpful & funny! Made this a truly enjoyable experi
sb5205
sb5205
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Amazing tour, ask for Troy and Paige
There are a lot of companies offering manatee tours, this is the one you want to go with. Easy, relaxing, and low s
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C7548ZWrachelr
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Time of my life
My Family and i went on the manatee tour and Airboat tour. I have to say this was the time of my life. We had a gre
joshuagJ6847NH
joshuagJ6847NH
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Amazing Experience!
What an amazing once in a lifetime experience! Trish and Wade were great hosts as swam with these gentle giants.
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Z818CAdianal
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Superb!
Even though it was raining, we had an amazing time swimming w manatees! Highly recommend! Capn White & wife were g
josephbN4490LR
josephbN4490LR
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Experience of a Lifetime with Amazing Professionals
What an amazing experience! We got lucky and were able to swim with 4 manatees. Amazing to see them up close! We re
Krista C
Krista C
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If people ask about amazing places? Crazy you can travel around the world, and this is in your backyard, a must see.
This experience was amazing. Every single person on the stuff that we experienced as arriving. Event the English bu
christinemJ8490HO
christinemJ8490HO
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Scalloping
What a fun and memorable day! Our son-in-law booked a scalloping adventure with Captain Troy and Paige in August.
jodhyl
jodhyl
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Phenomenal !!
Everything was spectacular !!! Peter and Shelley were amazing !! They were so knowledgeable about manatees and thei
kelleyb857
kelleyb857
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Great company for scalloping!
We have chosen this company two years in a row for scalloping. We usually pick the end of august since most kids ar
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