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Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer provided by Explorida

Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer

Swim with the Manatees Includes In-Water Guide/Photographer
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Group size:
10
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • 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.
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Available languages
German, English, French, Spanish
Awards
Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best
2022
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 120344P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • Wetsuit
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Bottled water
  • In-Water Gude/Photographer
  • Safe USCG Certified Boats
  • Float Noodles Provided
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River
Exclusions
  • Photos and videos available for an additional fee at the end of your tour.
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • 545 N Citrus Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA The Explorida Adventure Center is the first Building on the left when turning west on to N. Citrus Avenue from Highway 19.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Level One Snorkel Experience Recommended
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infants are still considered to take up a seat on a USCG Inspected Vessel. You must pay full price for an infant.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Inclusions
  • Wetsuit
  • Snorkel Gear
  • Bottled water
  • In-Water Gude/Photographer
  • Safe USCG Certified Boats
  • Float Noodles Provided
  • Entry/Admission - Crystal River
Exclusions
  • Photos and videos available for an additional fee at the end of your tour.
Departure details
  • 545 N Citrus Ave, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA The Explorida Adventure Center is the first Building on the left when turning west on to N. Citrus Avenue from Highway 19.
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Level One Snorkel Experience Recommended
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Infants are still considered to take up a seat on a USCG Inspected Vessel. You must pay full price for an infant.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
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5.0
1,187 reviews
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1,174
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9
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Anthony
1 contribution
I have now gone on an Explorida swim with the manatees private tour 3 separate times with my children, and it has been an incredible and unique experience every time. My children beg me every couple months to return to Crystal River (we live in the Miami area) so they can "swim with the cute, giant floating potatoes." The facilities and boats are very clean and well kept. Everything runs like a well-oiled machine from the orientation, wet suit fitting, dock transport, taking the boat out and finally getting into the water with the manatee(s). Our captains and guides/photographers have all been very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Furthermore, the company takes great pains to make sure everyone is safe, and that the tour does very little to disturb the manatees or their habitat. The photos/videos from each of our visits turn out incredible and we love returning to them from time to time to reminisce about getting up close and personal with these gentle, peaceful creatures. If you are looking for a company to help you with planning an unforgettable manatee swim/viewing experience, congratulations you just found the very best! Highly, highly recommend, and can't wait to plan our future adventures with Explorida!
Written August 13, 2022
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Bogeyman100
Acworth, GA35 contributions
We enjoyed everything about this excursion. The Explorida store is new, clean and in great condition. The staff is very personable and welcoming. We took a short van ride, maybe 5 minutes at most, to the boat from the store. Our captain took us to Hunter Spring Cove, which took us 10 minutes at the most. We found a manatee in the cove and entered the water. Soon a 2nd manatee arrived and we were able to spend a lot of time in the water with the manatees. We swam into an area with a spring head to observe the water coming up through the sand bottom. Most of our trip was spent in the water. They provide wet suits, mask and snorkel which are in good condition. The water is 72*, which felt chilly at first. Once you get used to the water temp, it is not an issue. Everyone at Explorida is knowledgeable about manatees and care about conservation and protection of the manatees and their environment.
Written August 12, 2022
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Ashley
Gunter, TX1 contribution
Wonderful time! Our guide was so accommodating! I got overheated & he was so understanding! Absolutely wonderful family activity & will cherish this memory for a long time! Highly recommend!
Written August 9, 2022
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Eligia H
1 contribution
Family
We had an amazing time. Our tour guides were Brian, Keri and Capt. Tom. They made us feel so comfortable and at ease. It made our family experience great.
Written August 6, 2022
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Amy R
1 contribution
Family
The trip with Captain Tom and Amy was amazing from start to finish. Lovely friendly team who’s passion for the manatees and preserving their natural habitat was evident from the start. The equipment was all top quality, as was the boat. We found 2 amazing dive locations and saw lots of manatees including a pregnant female. The team were knowledgable about the animals but also so respectful towards the animals and entering their environment. Our son throughout enjoyed his time in the water and on the boat with Captain Tom when he had got too tired. A cantata tic must do trip for anyone visiting beautiful Crystal River. Thank you.
Written August 5, 2022
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Laura L
Stafford Springs, CT209 contributions
The three hours went by far too quickly!! I think our group could have floated around all day just watching the manatees sleep! What a wonderful experience, led by our two amazing guides, Carrie & Brian (if I got your names wrong, I'm so sorry) and our captain, Alex. For a first time snorkeler, they gave us plenty of tips and it was an easy adjustment once we were in the water. This company and the others seem to work together to not crowd the manatees and tip each other as to where they are. Our guides were superior, as we found manatees and were able to see them eating and sleeping for practically the whole time. It was truly magical! Definitely a worthwhile experience - you won't be sorry!!! :)
Written August 4, 2022
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Sonja W
2 contributions
Friends
One of the most unforgetable moments in my live. Alex and Casey were lovely, explained everything and we could swim with a manatee and his little baby. We had beautiful moments. This would not be the last time in my life, I will repeat this great event.
Written August 3, 2022
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Brooke E
1 contribution
Friends
This was truly so good! They will find manatees for you to swim with year round so don’t worry about that. The guides were great and the facilities are really nice too. I just wish we could buy the pictures that were taken separately so it wouldn’t cost so much. Overall, I think Explorida is one of the best (if not the best) option in the area!
Written August 3, 2022
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Dan S
Ellicott City, MD1 contribution
Family
Top notch service from start to finish! Checking in with Kiersten was smooth and friendly. Brody and Maddie made out trip so much fun! Very knowledgeable crew and we saw manatees right away! Finished trip with a natural spring swim!
Written August 3, 2022
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BonBononthego
Thomasville, GA1 contribution
Family
This was a great time! We took the swim with the manatees tour. We stopped at only one location and spent almost the whole time with a mother and calf. I loved it BUT I would have REALLY loved going to another spot to see more manatees. It was a special time to be with this mama manatee and baby - so at least we had that time with them. Kerri did a great job and so did our captain Alex. Great job!! I’d recommend this to everyone!
Written August 2, 2022
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