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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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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
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.
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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    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
  • 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
  • Guide photographs your experience, with photos available for purchase
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 leads 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 are 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.
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Important Information
Departure Point
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3–4 hours
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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Daniel P wrote a review Yesterday
Nashville, Tennessee1 contribution
Everything about this adventure was fantastic. Captain John and Captain Mike were beyond knowledgeable and patient. The 5 mil suits were fantastic and helped a rock like me float without issue. Water is definitely my kryptonite and both gentleman definitely helped me along
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Gina A wrote a review Oct 24
Orlando, Florida2 contributions
Dustin and Mike were our tour guides this morning. I can not put into words how amazing my family's experience was. Mike was so funny and had everyone laughing. Dustin was so patient and caring while I was trying to get the full manatee experience. Both guides genuinely cared
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Tammy P wrote a review Oct 20
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Had a great time. Captain Ed and Mark were great. The manatees are such a peaceful animal and amazing to see them in their natural habitat. Highly recommend doing this tour if you are in the area.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jenny E wrote a review Oct 17
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Our guide Dustin and Captain Memphis were awesome! They were very knowledgable, patient and they really made sure we got the most out of our experience. I had never worn a wet suit and had some difficulties. Dustin was really helpful, kind and accommodating to make sure I
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Cat D wrote a review Oct 7
Bonita Springs, Florida2 contributions
John and Memphis were amazing! It was a cloudy day but they still found us 3 manatees; one was a momma and her baby, the other was a big girl! Couldn’t believe how large they are in the water, I’m from SWFL so we see them often but when you are right next to one it’s a little
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Date of experience: October 2020
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About the operator

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By: Plantation Adventure Center
wsultemeier
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Fulfilled a Childhood Dream
Had a great morning with Captain Memphis and Courtney. A successful trip when the number of manatee is small. Swimm
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966briana
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Great trip
We booked the semi private manatee swim and went out with Capt Mike and guide Courtney. We had an amazing time! Cr
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adelinehello
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We saw a manatee!
Great guide and captain. The tour was very informative, and they were able to answer all our questions. Highly reco
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andigee70
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Great float trip!
What a fun way to spend an hour. We had heard great things about Crystal River, so we decided to drive up and chec
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smhess929
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Manatee
We only saw two manatees underwater but it was still an amazing experience. We noticed a lot of other tour compani
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Carrieh82
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Really fun tour with Dustin and Capt. Mark!
My husband and I had a great time on this tour for our babymoon. Dustin went out of his way to help me find a wetsu
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Emily H
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Manatees were great
We only saw three manatees and the visibility was not very good. Our boat captain was very grumpy throughout the e
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luisnestor
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AMAZING ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPIERENCE
The guide dustin and boat captain were amazing , entertained us the whole tour and took us to the most beautiful sp
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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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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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U5505UNamym
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Exceptional Captain Mark and Courtney the amazing tour guide
We would like to thank Captain Mark and Courtney for a very professional and private swimming with the manatees tou
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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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