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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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Private Swim with Manatee Adventure in Crystal River

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Swim with Crystal River manatees on a private snorkeling tour that’s designed to get you as close to the manatees as possible without disturbing them. Exploring Crystal River in a private boat means you can move more quietly than on group tours, creating ideal conditions where manatees can comfortably approach you in the water.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    9301 W Fort Island Trail
    9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
    Departure Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
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  • 1
    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours
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  • 2
    Plantation Adventure Center
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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  • You'll end at
    9301 W Fort Island Trail
    9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
    Departure Point: Plantation on Crystal River Address: Plantation Adventure Center
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Private snorkeling tour in King's Bay for a more personal manatee experience
  • Heated changing facility and towel service ensure a comfortable outing
  • Includes wetsuits, snorkeling gear, and hot drinks
  • Two convenient morning departure times available
What to Expect
Make your way to Plantation on Crystal River, where you meet your guide and get suited up in a provided wet suit in the heated changing facilities. Cruise into the manatee habitat in the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs, and then slip into the water when manatees are sighted. Coffee, hot chocolate, and dry towels are available on the boat, and the in-water guide will take videos and photos throughout the tour (available for purchase). In colder weather, manatees are even more plentiful, and the boat is fully enclosed during the winter months. Interaction with the manatees is limited to “passive observation” to ensure your manatee encounter doesn’t harm the fascinating, slow-moving creatures, and this tour concludes at the original departure point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of Full 5mm wet-suits (for extra warmth), Mask & Snorkels
  • Coffee, Hot Chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide!
  • Boat Coats for cold mornings!
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wet suits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Amy M wrote a review Oct 11
Orlando, Florida1 contribution
We would like to thank Captain Mark and Courtney for a very professional and private swimming with the manatees tour. We can not express our gratitude enough. We were on our honeymoon and this experience made our time even more special. Courtney and Captain Mark were very
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Myung Nam A wrote a review Sep 2020
Orlando, Florida1 contribution
We took a private swim with manatees and in our group was with 5people today. It was excellent for a small group as we had a very good experience with captain Mike and a guide Dustin. Dustin was taking loads of pro pictures. Thanks to Dustin it was unforgettable trip for us.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Michelle wrote a review Sep 2020
Tampa, Florida4 contributions
I highly recommend this excursion! We had an excellent time today with Captain Mike and Dustin! We booked this trip knowing that the manatees are not as plentiful in the bay in summer as they are in winter, so we were very pleasantly surprised that we got to see a male and a
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Linda B wrote a review Aug 2020
Lake City, Florida1 contribution
We have taken our fair share of tour excursions. This one was by far the best. We knew going out if season would be hit our miss but our guides were not willing to give for us. We booked mid a.m 10:30. And it was just us my small family, Captain Mike and our guide Courtney. She
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Scott C wrote a review Jul 2020
Newnan, United States32 contributions11 helpful votes
We are rather critical people when it comes to writing reviews; however, this excursion exceeded expectations! This is truly a bucket list item that has not been exaggerated. The experience itself is one of a lifetime; but also, all the people involved with this adventure were
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Date of experience: June 2020
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RebeccaA11368
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Perfect afternoon boat cruise
Perfect afternoon tour with Capts Jon and Mike. Lots of stores and beautiful birds, plants, and we did see manatee.
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musiclvr106
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Amazing time with Manatee!
If you are going to see Manatee, its going to be with Captain John and Mark! These 2 were very knowledgeable about
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Katherine_Tillman123
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Manatees tour!
We got to experience this as a family an had so much fun. Thanks to our captains, Captain John and Captain Mike. Th
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V8308MVjennye
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Trip of a lifetime!
Our guide Dustin and Captain Memphis were awesome! They were very knowledgable, patient and they really made sure
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U7991BBjoshuam
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Well worth the money!
I took my daughter for her birthday, and we definitely found it to be worth the money for this once in a lifetime m
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robertjZ5855GE
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One of a kind
Captain Memphis and Courtney, our tour guide, were very professional and patient with our group. They were very kno
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Q5879BOjenniferl
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Very neat !
It was really fun and the captains were extremely helpful making sure we seen and swam with a few manatees!
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Robert H
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Scenic Cruise Delight
We were passing through Crystal River and decided to take a boat tour. Most of the companies were not operating tha
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109shantelles
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Incredible experience and incredible guides
2 highlights: the manatees (of course) and the captains! We did the small group tour and they were seriously so fun
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509kenziew
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Manatee Swim Tour with captain Dustin&Ed
Once in a lifetime experience! Would go everyday if I could! Dustin and Ed did a fantastic job! Better than I could
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Catd5353
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Real-life Interaction with Manatees!
John and Memphis were amazing! It was a cloudy day but they still found us 3 manatees; one was a momma and her baby
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lileeannb
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Plantation on Crystal River Manatee
Amazing would totally recommend. I would love to go again I had so much fun. John and memphe’s were my tour captain
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debbmm
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Wonderful
Way to experience the area and learn a tremendous amount about the local ecosystem and its fabulous manatees. Knowl
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sueb93
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Highlight of our pandemic escape!
Mark and John provided a delightful, running commentary on the local history, the Crystal River and helpful coachin
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175smiths
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Rainy Day
We had an enjoyable time. The Captain was knowledgeable and very friendly! We were even able to see a manatee due t
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  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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