Tours and Tickets

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour provided by Gulf Coast Expeditions

LIKELY TO SELL OUT*

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour
5
Book in advance
from
$525.00
per group (up to 1)
Reserve now & pay later: Save your spot free of charge with flexible booking.
Not sure? You can cancel this reservation up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund.
Tour snapshot
Duration:
4h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    4h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Enjoy the beauty of Crystal River and the thrill of seeing our majestic wildlife on your own private, 4 hour tour. This longer tour allows our Captain to give you an extended journey around King's Bay where our in water guide will lead you in an encounter with our Florida Manatees. All equipment is included in the price, as well as hot and cold beverages and snacks. As an added bonus, we will include a USB drive with all of the photos and videos from your trip!
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Upon arrival at the dive shop, guests will be fitted for wetsuits and asked to watch a brief video from US Fish and Wildlife outlining their encounter with the manatees. The captain and guide will then take the group to the boat and embark all passengers and give a short safety brief. Once underway, the guide will further explain how to interact with the manatees once in the water and fit the guests with their masks and snorkels. While transiting to the swim areas, the captain and guide will present information about the area wildlife and what guests can expect to see during your tour. They will also answer questions and take pictures along the way. Once the vessel sights manatees, the captain will anchor the vessel and the group and guide will proceed into the water for your encounter. The guide will stay with the group the entire time, ensuring that the guests get the most out of their experience, all while taking photos and videos of your adventure! Much like Elephants on an African Safari, Manatees are protected in the refuge and may not be approached within certain boundaries, remember this is THEIR home we are visiting, so we cannot guarantee an encounter with these amazing animals.  Peak encounter season is November through March when the water temperatures lure these gentle mammals to the warm, spring fed waters of the Crystal River. While the water temperature is a consistent 72 degrees the air temperatures during these times vary, but they will dip consistently into the 30's-50's so you can get a little chilly once you exit the water. An excellent video is available to the public that can answer many of your questions related to the rules that we adhere to during our encounters. This is published to YouTube by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP3Erf3Kc2Y.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Upon arrival at the dive shop, guests will be fitted for wetsuits and asked to watch a brief video from US Fish and Wildlife outlining their encounter with the manatees. The captain and guide will then take the group to the boat and embark all passengers and give a short safety brief. Once underway, the guide will further explain how to interact with the manatees once in the water and fit the guests with their masks and snorkels. While transiting to the swim areas, the captain and guide will present information about the area wildlife and what guests can expect to see during your tour. They will also answer questions and take pictures along the way. Once the vessel sights manatees, the captain will anchor the vessel and the group and guide will proceed into the water for your encounter. The guide will stay with the group the entire time, ensuring that the guests get the most out of their experience, all while taking photos and videos of your adventure! Much like Elephants on an African Safari, Manatees are protected in the refuge and may not be approached within certain boundaries, remember this is THEIR home we are visiting, so we cannot guarantee an encounter with these amazing animals.  Peak encounter season is November through March when the water temperatures lure these gentle mammals to the warm, spring fed waters of the Crystal River. While the water temperature is a consistent 72 degrees the air temperatures during these times vary, but they will dip consistently into the 30's-50's so you can get a little chilly once you exit the water. An excellent video is available to the public that can answer many of your questions related to the rules that we adhere to during our encounters. This is published to YouTube by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the video can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YP3Erf3Kc2Y.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 44460P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • 2880 N Seabreeze Point, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA Gulf Coast Expeditions Located on the river side at Twin Rivers Marina
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Light refreshments
  • Snacks
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 2880 N Seabreeze Point, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA Gulf Coast Expeditions Located on the river side at Twin Rivers Marina
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Face masks provided for travelers
Popular mentions

5.0
29 reviews
Excellent
28
Very good
1
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0

Galina I
2 contributions
Dec 2021
Captain Ron and crew were phenomenal! They gave us the most unforgettable swimming with manatees trip!
Written December 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

margaret H
2 contributions
Nov 2021
My family came down for a visit from NY and we booked a private manatee snorkeling tour with Gulf Coast Expeditions and it was wonderful. Lauren and Captain Ron were very informative the whole time on the tour. We found the manatees almost right away on Kings bay. Lauren explained the process of getting into the water with the animals and if was amazing. Captain Ron took all around the bay and even gave us hot cocoa and coffee. My father in law who is 89 loved to watch the kids swim with the manatees. This is a once in a life time experience. I would recommend this tour to any of my visitors that come down again.
Written November 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amelia S
Philadelphia, PA5 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Captain Ron and Lauren were terrific! Even in the off season they spotted 2 manatees for us to swim with and brought us to the 3 Sisters Springs which were INCREDIBLE. It was an amazing day I won't ever forget. Do this!
Written September 22, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HomeGrownFunFamily
5 contributions
Aug 2021
Off season success! We looked for a tour company that specialized in small groups, thinking we would have a much better experience, and that theory was spot on. Just our family - no crowds or unattended snorkelers distracting us. Captain Ron is prior U.S. Coast Guard, very cool and personable. After arriving at the office, we changed into nice wet suits, listened to clear instructions, and jumped into the company van for the short and comfortable ride to the marina. Lauren is a USCG Licensed Master and was our "in water guide" and photographer. What a gem - she was there with us alongside the manatees making sure each family member had more than one special close-up encounter. She didn't forget about Mom (I tend to stay back to give my kids prime time - not on her watch lol.) She is a natural at this and a calming force. We got to experience a baby manatee nursing close-up! The underwater pics and videos (with sound) that Lauren took are spectacular and it was a no-brainer to get the flash drive full of memories for 30 bucks. We could hear the manatees grazing and communicating. There's more! We also visited Three Sisters Springs - the refuge for wintering manatees during Manatee Season (November 15 to March 31). Because this was off season, there were no manatees in the springs but we had a blast exploring the crystal clear waters - while on the lookout for a harmless skate that was spotted recently. Our teen daughters, and Mom and Dad, loved this trip! We will recommend Gulf Coast Expeditions to our friends without hesitation.
Written August 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jodi M
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
I don’t know if I can explain in just 100 words how amazing this experience was for our family. They’re just the best, easy going tour guides and what was so amazing is how they truly wanted to give us the best experience. Ron and Lauren really made this the most memorable experience. We felt like we were hanging out with friends and they let us savor every moment. I hope that this will not be a once in a lifetime experience. I hope we can see them again and create new memories. I’m grateful for Gulf Coast Expeditions for giving us this magical experience and we highly recommend the private encounter. I was able to see manatees in their habitat without the worry of taking pictures. Lauren was our guide and photographer. And she knew how special this was for all of us. Our pics and video are so awesome. Thank you both so much. We miss you already!
Written July 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Daisy
1 contribution
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a wonderful experience! The guides were very welcoming and created a fun environment! It was amazing seeing all the manatees and it was organized well, yet also very relaxing. The facilities were all very nice and it was overall an awesome time! Thank you!
Written June 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ariella F
1 contribution
Feb 2021
Amazing private tour with Captain Ron and Lauren! We were a group of 4: 3 adults and our 7-month-old son. Had a bunch of laughs on the boat and Lauren was great and informative in the water, plus we saw several manatees! It was a wonderful, memorable morning!
Written May 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

marci s
4 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
Toured with Ron and Lauren. We were a group of 6; 2 of the 6 are on the autism spectrum. They were super patient and encouraging with the kids. They were persistent in their efforts for us to see manatees up close even though it’s after the “season”. Great experience.
Written April 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Danadanes
Charleston, SC10 contributions
We had a great time this morning. Ron and Lauren found several manatees - Lauren was a great guide in the water and made sure the kids had safe, close encounters with these gentle creatures. Both Ron and Lauren were wonderful with our apprehensive 10 year old and 2!! Teens with autism. We also hit 3 sisters springs - crowded but worth it. Would highly recommend this outing.
Written April 10, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jim P
Wildwood, FL19 contributions
Mar 2021
Thank you Ron and Lauren for a wonderful afternoon. Lauren was very helpful and informative during our snorkeling. Even though it was the end of the season, we were able to swim with a manatee! We hope to return earlier in the year to see more manatees. The photos are a good reminder of our tour.
Written March 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 27
*Likely to sell out: Based on Viator’s booking data and information from the provider from the past 30 days, it seems likely this experience will sell out through Viator, a Tripadvisor company.
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Gulf Coast Expeditions
Darksidedoll
Darksidedoll
00
Perfect! A must do!
It was a fantastic experience! The guide and captains were all so knowledgeable and helpful. What I loved to see is
solowanderer2014
solowanderer2014
00
This is the company you want!
Beyond excellent! Captain Lauren and Captain Ron did an excellent job finding us manatees and making sure that ever
743noras
743noras
00
This is the one you want to use!!
What a wonderful experience with a wonderful tour company!! Truly the best around at making sure you have the best
580jeanninec
580jeanninec
00
Incredible!!
Great time with Captain Ron and Lauren! Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Would highly recommend this company
PamDevin
PamDevin
00
Wonderful excursion for our family
Captain Todd and Lauren were personable and knowledgeable. We had a great time, saw many manatees!!!
696carlesa
696carlesa
00
Good experience
Great activity with nice organizers. I recommend it as the boat was comfortable and they tried their best to find t
272micheleh
272micheleh
00
Great experience!
Wonderful experience. Our guides were very friendly and informative. Loved swimming with the manatees. Would defini
lynelll2016
lynelll2016
00
Great Family Experience
We had a great time! Although we didn’t see many manatee, it was still a wonderful experience. The weather has just
Lisa B
Lisa B
00
Manatee snorkeling tour
Wonderful crew , clean boat and snorkeling equipment and wetsuit Great experience with Captain Mike and our tour h
Raj K
Raj K
00
Excellent experience
I will not change a thing, everything was perfect, right from my calling them up to find out more information about
Naomi J
Naomi J
00
Amazing experience - do it!
I’m not at all a morning person, but worth your while to get out of bed early for the 6.30am tour. The waterway is
Tom S
Tom S
00
Lifelong family memories done right!
On our holiday to visit family in the Villages we made a day trip to Crystal River for a Manatee swim. The team at
712marlas
712marlas
00
Great compaony
Great tour. Highly recommended. Only 4 people in our group and we found lot of Manatees. Everything was 1st class
Alena P
Alena P
00
Great tour! Highly recommended
Great guides, excellent service, totally worth it! Highly recommend this tour! One of the best experience in Florid
andrewcS8154RZ
andrewcS8154RZ
00
Five stars; highly recommend
Went as a group of 4 this past weekend (total of 6 on the tour). Had a blast! Captain Ron was awesome. Not the grea
Frequently Asked Questions about Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour price starts from $525.00. Discover and book Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour on Tripadvisor

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour on Tripadvisor

Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour is hosted by Gulf Coast Expeditions. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Gulf Coast Expeditions on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour on Tripadvisor

On average, this experience will take approximately 4h. Discover and book Private Manatee Snorkeling Tour on Tripadvisor