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Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your tour time to ensure a timely departure. Children are not exempt from participating, but parental discretion is advised.

Our front desk staff will issue you a wet suit and direct you to an area to try it on. Your wet suit is worn over your swim clothes, and works best if it fits skin tight. Snorkel gear will be provided on the boat. You're welcome to bring drinks, snacks and personal gear with you. Anything you bring on the boat may get wet. We do not allow use of swim fins or flippers on manatee snorkel tours.

Once everyone has arrived and donned their wet suits, passengers will be called inside the shop for a short orientation. This includes a briefing provided by the crew and a short, required video supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Emergency life jackets are always on the boat, and swim "noodles" are long flotation devices supplied to each swimmer during the tour. We realize snorkeling is a new experience to many and we are used to working with snorkelers of any skill level. If desired, snorkelers can be supplied with a life jacket before departure. All children under 6 years of age will be provided a mandatory life jacket for the duration of the tour.

Once everyone is aboard, the certified captain will go over required safety information and formal introductions. Every boat will have an in-water swim guide and photographer equipped with a high resolution waterproof camera. Pictures are sold as a no-obligation package at the end of the tour. All guests are welcome to view the images before purchasing. 

The guide will address snorkeling techniques, hand out equipment, and discuss procedure and proper behavior. Once the boat has arrived and anchored at its location, swimmers will be instructed to finish donning their equipment and proceed into the water. Once everyone is comfortable and quiet, they will begin looking for and/or viewing manatee. Follow your guide's directions for the best experience!
After the swim, snorkelers will return to the boat. Some days, snorkelers may be required to get on and off the boat many different times. Our captains and guides will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. Research and realistic expectations are a huge contribution to the quality of your tour!

Our goal is to provide our guests with a memorable experience and spread a message of conservation. We promote passive observation and use an educational approach inline with local regulations and expectations. Swimming with the Florida manatee is a wonderful privilege that we take very seriously, if you are looking for a company that will take good care of you AND the manatees - you're in the right place!
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Manatee Tour and Dive
You may want to snorkel with a herd of gentle manatee but don't know where to find them. Join this small-group guided tour to Crystal River's Kings Bay for a chance to learn about wild manatees and possibly snorkel in their midst. A USCG Master Captain and certified guide/photographer lead this voyage in a covered pontoon boat. Snorkel gear, a wetsuit, and instruction is provided. Even beginners are welcome to join the group.
  • Guided tour to Kings Bay on Crystal River for a chance to snorkel with manatees
  • Pontoon boat is stocked with life jackets and swim noodles
  • Wetsuits, snorkel gear, and instruction is included
  • Bring your own beverages and snacks
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
great time

Shelly and Teddi were awesome!!! Took the time to give us a good experience! Tour was Very informational and fun. I had a blast and could’ve stayed with them all day! Such a friendly staff that went the extra mile.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great experience with fabulous guided

Had a great time snorkelling with the manatee yesterday. The staff were helpful and entertaining and our guides- Teddi and Missy were really brilliant, lots of local knowledge and they answered all of our questions. My husband is not a strong swimmer and they helped...More

Thank taylorsLincoln
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Unplanned private tour

We arrived at the tour to discover we were the only ones booked at 8:00am. Mark and Bill, well at least I think his name is Bill, were gracious and very knowledgeable. They have a passion for manatee conservation and it shows through in the...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Wonderful experience, don’t pass this up

Would highly recommend this tour. We we were able to see a juvenile Manatee and also take a swim up into Three Sisters Spring. Both experiences were incredible. Our guides Tony and Taylor were great. We had a great day and would highly recommend this.

Thank Scott C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Teddy, & Zack

Would can I say to even thank they two guys for everything they did for use! Guys to you both thank you! I’ve been wanting to do this for years with my boy. It may have been raining an a storm was heading in. But...More

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July 3, 2018|
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Response from Marianne X | Reviewed this property |
I believe it’s the same price because it’s a seat on the boat but you should call them if possible to ask.
June 13, 2018|
Response from Akriese2001 | Reviewed this property |
I believe about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. We went to the morning tour (10:00 am) in March and finished in time for a late lunch. Arrive early to allow for getting on wet suits and watching the regulation video. The trip is well... More
April 8, 2018|
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Yes, we went June 8
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