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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure

  • Swim and snorkel with the gentle West Indian manatees in Kings Bay
  • Small group tour allows for face-to-face interaction with the manatees
  • Wetsuits, mask, snorkels, towels, hot chocolate and hot showers available
Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure
From $89.04
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Morning Semi PrivateMost Popular
Get out before the rest on our early morning semi private manatee snorkel tour! Tour times may vary on availability.
From $89.04
Midday Semi Private Tour
Join us on our midday semi private manatee snorkel tour, perfect for those who want to sleep in! Tour times may vary depending on availability.
From $89.04
Florida’s Crystal River, with its warm springs, is one of the best-known spots for viewing and snorkeling with manatees. On this small-group manatee adventure you swim with West Indian manatees on a boat tour that gets you up close and personal with these friendly mammals. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included, as are warm drinks and dry towels for maximum comfort.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at Plantation on Crystal River for a brief education session at the dive shop to go over the rules of swimming with manatees and learn the best ways to approach the animals in the water. From here, a US Coast Guard-certified captain will lead you out into Kings Bay.

Once manatees are spotted, your guide leads you into the water where you have the chance to swim and snorkel alongside the gentle giants. Your guide photographs the highlights of your swimming with manatees experience, and photos will be available for purchase after your tour.

Only six people per boat guarantees a more personalized experience and all snorkeling equipment is provided with the tour. Complimentary dry towels, boat coats, hot chocolate, and coffee keep you warm on the boat.

The tour ends at the departure point.
Reviews (99)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
A Bucket-List Must! Unbelievable!

December 7, 2018 - We have wanted to do this for years. Had no idea what to expect. Learned that there are only certain months that you can do this in the Crystal River area. The vendor was located less than a half mile from...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Kim M
Reviewed 6 days ago
Manatees are adorable

How can you not love a manatee?! And to have them swim up to you to say hello is amazing. Captain Ross was very informative. Would gladly do this again on the next visit.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank RustyFrye
Reviewed 6 days ago
Very enjoyable trip!

My sister and I went took the semi-private manatee tour last week. This trip has a limit of 6 persons; with only the two of us, I was surprised they went ahead with the trip. Their operation was very efficient. We suited up with nice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Dinwa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fantastic Experience

Visited Plantations on Crystal River and booked the swim with Manatees trip.....outstanding knowledge, professional attention by all involved at the dive shop and attention to all details of getting you prepared. Captain Ross supported by Captain Memphis were outstanding in their delivery and care during...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stuartaikenhead
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Excellent trip

We had a great trip with Captain John, Captain Misty and Mo on this semi-private trip. We went the day before the manatee sanctuary buoys went up, not sure how that would compare in season. They were great at spotting manatees before we went too...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank NancyNC
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October 23, 2018|
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Response from S427PQgeorgec | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the tour took at least 3 hours on the water and most of the time we were in the water with manatee. We were there in August but still saw about a dozen manatee, some with their babies. We were told that about 800 manatee... More
September 16, 2018|
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Response from CindyC3696 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Many folks had them. You can also purchase a thumb drive with photos that the water guide takes. I went that route and his pictures were very nice! Plus I was in some of them. Great fun!
Jodie M
April 5, 2018|
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Response from J6519BXmichaelc | Reviewed this property |
They take a series of photos and video images which you can purchase at the end of the trip. While I typically never buy these packages, we had so many close encounters that I couldn't resist. There is a gift shop so they... More