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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River

  • 3-hour Crystal River paddling and snorkeling tour
  • Watch for wild manatees in Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
  • Explore these Gulf Coast waters of Florida on a kayak or SUP
3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River
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3-Hour Manatee Swim and Paddle Tour in Crystal River
See West Indian manatees in their native environment on this 3-hour tour in Crystal River, a town on Florida's Gulf Coast. With a guide, you'll explore Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge by kayak or stand-up paddleboard, and you'll have the chance to snorkel to see the manatees in the waters of Kings Bay. Wetsuits, equipment, and beverages are provided.
What to Expect
Make your own way to the tour meeting point in Crystal River to begin your manatee experience in the early morning. After transfer by shuttle boat to Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, you'll meet your captain-guide and hop aboard your kayak or stand-up paddleboard.

Paddle around the waters of Kings Bay, taking in the natural scenery and watching for manatees and other native wildlife. When you wish, you can put on your provided snorkeling gear and hop in the water for a swim. You are also free to stay on top of the water at all times, if you prefer. Learn about the ecosystem from your guide, who also takes photos of your tour both above and below the water.

Your tour ends with return to the starting point, where a high-resolution disc of photos is available to purchase, if you wish (own expense).

Note: Make sure to bring your own towel and a plastic bag to keep your belongings dry. It is recommended that you wear your swimsuit under your clothes to save time at the start of the tour. A wetsuit is provided to put on over your swimsuit. 
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile
Great Tour

We had an awesome day with Jodi (Guide) and Dave (Captain) and the luck to find a manatee with a calf which was such a great experience. I would recommend this Tour to everyone who visits Crystal river!

Thank Benedikt W
Reviewed May 28, 2018
Excellent choice!

Our experience with River Ventures was excellent. John B and Emerson took our family out on the 6:15 a.m. tour on a Tuesday morning. They were kind, patient, and informative. They made sure we saw and swam with as many manatees as possible. One of...More

Thank DrCarraway
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2018

We love reading this review! So many people are afraid to try this adventure because as part of a group they may be rushed, invisible, embarrassed or made to feel unwelcome if they are not a strong snorkeler. THIS COULDN'T BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH!!...More

Reviewed April 30, 2018 via mobile
Saw so many manatees

Started off getting to see a couple dolphins in the bay. Capt. Tanner took us over to the spring and had about 10 manatees that we swam with. Our guide and photographer Emerson did a great job keeping us in great spots. Even had time...More

1  Thank Kelly S
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures - Homosassa, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2018

Sounds like you had an AWESOME day! A little good luck never hurts and having a Captain that knows these waterways like the back of their hands really helps too! Tanner may be young, but he was born and raised here. He KNOWS Citrus County,...More

Reviewed April 20, 2018
Way better than expected

What great time we had with Heidi(our guide)and Irish Dave("The Dublinah/Captain) We were there at the 745 am start and from the minute arrived everyone was very friendly. We had a semi-private boat(book with them)and were treated to the memory of a life-time. They positioned...More

1  Thank Rob K
Reviewed April 11, 2018 via mobile
Best day ever!!

Went out with Dave and Tanner. The experience of snorkelling with the manatees was one of the most amazing things I have ever done. We spent the entire time up close and personal with these amazing animals watching them feeding, sleeping and swimming and surfacing...More

Thank sarah b
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