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River Ventures

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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About River Ventures
River Ventures is a full service Tour center located in beautiful Crystal River, Florida. We offer many tour options to share all that the Nature Coast has to show you and we emphasize education about these Eco-systems!We have a passion for what we do, and it shows! Our Endangered Encounter manatee tours are our specialty, but we have so much more to offer! Air boat tours,VIP customized packages,Stand Up Paddle Boards, Scallop charters, sunset cruises, private charters, guided paddle tours on multiple rivers....we have much more to offer than you would expect!Spend the day or spend the week and River Ventures will introduce you to 'More than Manatee'!! Tours to snorkel with the manatees in their natural habitat are conducted daily, year round (reservations in advance are highly suggested). Our highly experienced in-water guides will escort you into the refuge to find the endangered manatee for viewing and up close encounters. River Ventures offers daily group trips of up to 12, and also offers private trips for both large and small groups including VIP and houseboat tours.
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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Get in the water with Florida's endangered manatees on this snorkeling tour to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with several time options to suit your schedule. With your guide's careful supervision, you'll safely swim and snorkel around these slow-moving giants and learn about their biology and behavior, as well as the conservation efforts that protect them. Pack light, as your wet suit, snorkel gear, and mask are provided.
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3 hours
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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

On this quintessential Florida adventure, you'll observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Florida’s Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Cruise the Crystal River in a luxury pontoon boat that is fully enclosed and heated during winter (the best time to see the manatees). This small-group experience is designed to view the animals without disturbing them. Plus, if manatees are spotted, you'll slip on your fins and snorkel and swim alongside them. 
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4 hours
from $102.78
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Jonathan M wrote a review Today
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Troy and Paige were excellent Captain and Guide! They provided refreshments and snackies, their advice was exemplary, and our experience outlived our expectations. The dogs in the shop were trill, the equipment was in great shape, and they were adept at teaching first timers. The excellent staff aside, the water was clear. The animals were majestic, awe inspiring, and gentle. The environment was beautiful and remarkably clean. Would schnorkle again. 5/5
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Nancy K wrote a review Jun 18
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This was a perfect day w a perfect company! Friendly and knowledgeable from start to finish! Our guide JJ had a great personality and took awesome photos. Our captain Mike got us on manatees throughout the trip. Both were not only respectful their clients, but of the manatees and local waters. I would never to this with any one else!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Sunshine298300 wrote a review Jun 18
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The experience was awesome! Emerson and Lindsay did an amazing job! The two of them had us with manatees in no time and gave us some incredible pictures to take home. My family loved this tour!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Brianna C wrote a review Jun 18
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JJ and Peter were absolutely amazing! Went out of their way to give the best experience possible. I had never scuba dived before so I was a little nervous, but with a bit of help from them it wasn’t bad! They are so knowledgeable about the manatees and the area itself. We got out into the water pretty fast, so we had so much time to spend with the manatees! JJ always made sure the group got to see the manatees and was so great with getting photos of everyone. Conversation was always going as well, it was very personable. I’d recommend this to literally anyone and everyone!! Thank you guys so much.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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Angela V wrote a review Jun 18
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You can bring ownagainkel equipment but don't have to. I bought water shoes. I got to mingle with many manatees. A pregnant one. A group of them and 2 babies that came close to check us out, the group is capped at 12 so its always small. I highly recommend this. The team works hard to ensure you get to encounter manatees yet do mot disturb them.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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