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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour

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  • Wildlife adventure to the Crystal River and Homosassa River from Orlando
  • Go on 1.5-hour narrated boat cruise along the Crystal River, and spend time hanging out in a natural manatee habitat
  • Enjoy a thrilling Everglades airboat tour on the Homosassa River
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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour
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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling and Everglades Airboat Tour
From $138.99
Overview
Spend a day in one of central Florida’s natural manatee habitats on this guided cruise and Everglades airboat adventure. Begin with a 1.5-hour boat ride on the Crystal River. Swim and snorkel in an area known for manatee sightings, and then enjoy an exciting airboat tour on the Homosassa River. Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to watch manatees, as well as other animals, such as bears, panthers, and alligators. Breakfast and a picnic lunch, plus an Orlando-area hotel pickup and drop-off are all included.
What to Expect
The day of sightseeing begins with a breakfast in Orlando. Then meet the guide and the rest of the tour group on a pickup from select locations. From Orlando, it’s approximately 1.5 hours to Crystal River, the gem of Florida's beautiful coast. More specifically, it’s home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees.

Out on the water with the provided equipment, take an optional swim or snorkel. Spend time hanging out in the manatee’s natural habitat alongside certified dive masters. Learn more about this harmless mammal and why it’s under threat due to a loss of habitat.

After the cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking the manatee sanctuary at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

The adventure continues in the afternoon with a 30-minute airboat tour along the Homosassa River. Keep an eye out for manatees, dolphins, and a variety of other wildlife. Finally, visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, one of the best places in the state to view manatees. Witness an entertaining and educational feeding session with a park ranger, then look for bears, panthers, alligators, or even a hippo while exploring the rest of the park.

The tour ends with a return trip to Orlando and hotel drop-off.
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Reviews (161)
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Reviewed 4 days ago
A must do

went a little early, waters warm, but still swam with a manatee. guides were local, very knowledgeable. Safety for mantees (1st) and humans always a priorty and great fun. Go in Dec or Jan for more manatees, great time in Nov.More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank nancy w
Kistin G, General Manager at Florida Dolphin Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello! We are delighted to hear that you had an excellent time on the Florida Adventure Tour and are happy to hear that your guide was able to make your experience more enjoyable. If you're ever in Orlando, please don't hesitate to contact us! We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Crystal River Manatees – Once in a lifetime!

Early November, we had a beautiful day for it! Picked us up at the Universal Busway (they have a list of hotels/locations in Orlando where they'll pick you up). We got picked up in a sweet double decker bus with a restroom but that wasn't...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank FEMcG
Kistin G, General Manager at Florida Dolphin Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello! We are extremely happy to hear that you had brilliant time on the Florida Adventure Tour and that your entire tour went smoothly. If you're ever in Orlando, please don't hesitate to contact us! We hope to see you in the future!

Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile
Fantastic day

We were picked up in the morning from a designated pick up area. If you book directly you can choose your location. We booked through Viator and were advised to email directly to confirm pick up times and locations. We were emailed back very quickly....More

5  Thank LauraWV11
Kistin G, General Manager at Florida Dolphin Tours, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2018

Hello! Swimming with the manatees is no doubt an unforgettable time and we are extremely happy to hear that you had a wonderful time doing so on the Florida Adventure Tour. We are also happy to hear that Madeline was able to make your experience...More

Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile
100% recommend.. best excursion in FL!

We did this excursion in September and it was absolutely amazing! Our captain was (I think) named Kate and our swimmer/photographer was Missy. Both staff were very knowledgeable, helpful and very funny! We were able to get close to the manatees and the staff moved...More

2  Thank abigailhannah88
Kistin G, General Manager at Florida Dolphin Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2018

Hello! We are extremely happy to hear that you had brilliant time on the Florida Adventure Tour and that your entire tour went smoothly. If you're ever in Orlando, please don't hesitate to contact us! We hope to see you in the future!

Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile
We had an amazing day!

This was def worth the money! 2 hours in the water with the manatees. Brian was so knowledgable and clearly cared about the beautiful creatures. A trip to a little conservation park which was cool aswell (I saw a Possum which was on my animal...More

1  Thank Kmpike123
Kistin G, General Manager at Florida Dolphin Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Hello! We are extremely happy to hear that you had brilliant time on the Florida Adventure Tour and that your entire tour went smoothly. If you're ever in Orlando, please don't hesitate to contact us! We hope to see you in the future!

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Response from nancy w | Reviewed this property |
The tour we were on picked up throughout Orlando, but not as far away as Port Canaveral. However, the tour company had tours from Orlando to Cape Canaveral, so would recommend you contact tour company (ours was Florida... More
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December 7, 2018|
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Response from leann k | Reviewed this property |
It's a long day. We got dropped off at about 6.15 but this was at the first pick up point not the hotel. Well worth it.
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