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Snorkeling With The Manatees

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Homosassa, FL, USA
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About Snorkeling With The Manatees
WE ARE OPEN WITH MORE TOUR OPTIONS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE! CLICK ON"MORE" (DESKTOP) ABOVE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE. "SHOW OPTIONS' TO THE RIGHT ARE NOT OUR TICKETS. NOW offering two (2) locations "Crystal River Refuge" and The "Homosassa River" The Manatee Capital of the World. By having two (2) locations, we get to choose the best encounter for you. Catering to Small Groups (6 Max per group) you get a better encounter. "Stay and Play", not only our the tours amazing but we have 3 different "Vacation Packages" with hotel discounts. Ask about hotel discounts when booking your "Manatee Adventure" Snorkeling with Manatees is located on the West Coast of Florida, just a short drive from Kissimmee Fl (Orlando) and Tampa Bay/Clear Water area. We offer one of the coolest wildlife encounters, "To Snorkel With Manatees". Our guides are friendly and very helpful with over 20 years of guiding families to interact with manatees. See you soon Captain - Parker
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iowatravelerIowaUSA wrote a review Dec 2020
Iowa USA5 contributions
Our family of 5 (three adult children) had a wonderful experience snorkeling with the manatees! Our guide Melissa and Capt. Dave were so friendly and helpful with any questions we had through our trip. Spent about 1 1/2 hours in the water with several manatees - but especially one very adorable and curious baby manatee! He interacted with everyone in our group for a long time while his momma relaxed underneath us on the river bottom. So glad we took our GoPro along to capture this very unique experience! Everyone had a fabulous time and was well worth the price!
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Gene P, Guest Relations Manager at Snorkeling With The Manatees
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your feedback... This is an awesome experience for the price. Small groups, outside and full of memories. Captain Parker
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Clair wrote a review Oct 2020
Las Cruces, New Mexico3 contributions1 helpful vote
My Family of 10 and I joined captain Parker and his crew for a crazy wonderful day with the manatees. I was a little worried at first, since they only allowed 6 people per boat, but having 2 boats for our family was a great day. Captain Chris and CG were patient and extremely knowledgeable in finding the right manatees. This was a nice break from our daily lives. Having our own private boats was amazing and then to Swim with the manatees, with my family - Priceless!!!! Thank you so much, my kids have not stopped talking about the manatees
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from Gene P, Owner at Snorkeling With The Manatees
Responded Nov 1, 2020
Thank you for your feedback. Yes we can accommodate larger groups than 6. 6 pack boat for passengers in an endorsement from the USCG that we have had for many of years. It works!!! The manatees love the smaller groups too. Thank you.
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C. Tree wrote a review Oct 2020
Anchorage, Alaska4 contributions
I was nervous at the start of the tour because we were told that it was the off-season (don't expect to see a lot of manatee) and we wouldn't be going to a certain area of clear water due to the tides and the boat not fitting under a bridge. We were taken to a murky area (lots of vegetation for manatee to feed on). Within minutes, our captain and guide Alyssa showed their skills. They spotted signs of manatee right away and we were in the water. We saw several feeding. Visibility in the water was low and it was hard to see them unless they surfaced. Not gonna lie. I was feeling disappointed. But, wildlife doesn't follow our schedules and I was happy see what I could. We had plenty of time left, so Alyssa and the captain loaded us back up to try for clearer waters. The captain saw "footprints" going into one of the springs. Wow! We found two manatee feeding in a clear freshwater spring. Majestic. Amazing. Gorgeous. Memories for a lifetime. So glad we booked this trip. So glad we had Alyssa with us. She was very patient and kind with our two kiddos. Thanks for the wonderful day!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from Gene P, Owner at Snorkeling With The Manatees
Responded Oct 20, 2020
Hi and thank you for your feedback. Yes, most guest first perception is that manatees are in a certain area everyday. They are not, manatees are free roaming. Our captains and guides are among the best and absolutely love their manatee life. Also having the small groups (6 passengers or less) assures a better chance of a personal encounter with manatees. This is our specialty... There is not a so called "Manatee Season" since we have successful tours everyday with our huge population of resident manatees. There is the seasonal "Great Manatee Migration" that happens from mid October to the end of April. So our success rate is 95% and above, plus we offer 2 locations (Habitats /River and Spring Systems) to raise the industry standards of just one spring system. We encourage our future guest to trust us, we strive to provide you with the best, most magical adventure with the manatees that only exist in our county, Citrus County Florida. We are just a short deine from the Orlando and Tampa area. Come on out and live with the manatees for a few hours. Thank you again for your feedback Captain Parker
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partnersbydesign1 wrote a review Sep 2020
Huntsville, Alabama1 contribution
Enjoyed the trip. Getting into a wet suit is a experience in and into itself. The staff was friendly, helpful. The captain tried really hard to share the beauty of the gentle beast in a natural gorgeous setting. I do wish the establishment had had the under water cameras advertised. We would have been happy to have brought our own; but the website advised differently. All in all; a very worthwhile adventure. Even if we had to walk to the boat from the office.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Gene P, Guest Relations Manager at Snorkeling With The Manatees
Responded Sep 11, 2020
Thank you for your positive feedback. Yes, we do have a nice short walk through the Historical Crystal River to board our boats. Very common with tour guides. We apologize for not having Rental cameras available, since C-19, some small things have changed. We do offer a photo package or purchasing a water proof casing for your phones to take underwater photos. Thank you for visiting the manatees - this outdoor, fresh air, lots of Sun Drops adventure has become a must. The manatees really enjoy showing you their homes. Small groups has been our speciality for many of years and with this amongst other personal services helps us with a 98% success rate of manatee sightings all year. Fall time is coming and so are the migratory manatees. Join us for the start of the GREAT MANATEE MIGRATION happening now. See you soon Captain Parker
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Jen T wrote a review Aug 2020
Las Vegas, Nevada5 contributions2 helpful votes
Booked 3 hour manatee and 1 hour airboat tour and was told on the phone by Gene Parker the owner, "oh you'll see manatees". FALSE! When we arrived at the address I wanted to buy some sunscreen there in the office but was talked out of it by a older heavy set man that said I wouldn't need it because I would be wearing a wetsuit and my hands are really the only things exposed so I decided against it. We watched a short video and was fitted for our wetsuits and was told by the same guy that we would have to drive ourselves to the dock due to construction that was going on (btw all this time cuts in to your 3 hour tour which really is a 2 hour tour). We arrived at the dock and Ken, our guide floated up in the boat. We started going out to where he said the manatees were and couldn't find any so he took us to another spot and another spot and another spot. Nothing. We finally saw ONE and it lingered a bit but by the time we got suited up and got in the water it has swam off. Total disappointment and not what was told on the phone or else we would have booked a different type of tour. Ken did take us to a couple other places that we not interested in because we were there for the manatees only. We did get sunburned because we weren't in the water and didn't have sunscreen since we were talked out of purchasing. FYI they use a different company for airboat tours called Redfish Charter and would highly suggest booking directly since Brian was able work with me for earlier airboat tour time and Gene wasn't helpful and rude about this request. A weird thing about this tour was while we were on the boat, Ken our manatee guide Ken told me that him and his wife was the owner of the company. Found out later from Gene Parker that he is the owner and informed me that Ken is not. Customers don't like being lied to.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Gene P, Owner at Snorkeling With The Manatees
Responded Oct 21, 2020
Thank you for your feedback. We do apologize for information you might not have seen or read on our website when booking your manatee adventure. We do value your time with us, so I would like to be transparent about the information provided on our website and in my reply. I am the owner of Snorkeling With Manatees. check us out on Sunbiz.org.. Ken and his wife own the Tour hub of where the tour boats are parked and located. 2 separate companies, one great team. Length of tour? Our most popular tour is 3 hours from start to finish. Make sure you have everything you need that is in your email confirmation. If not, then this could result in delayed departure times. Keep in mind we do have other families scheduled before and after your tour. Manatee Sightings? Yes we found manatees as stated in this review. NEVER a 100% guarantee but a 95% success rate is daily. How many Manatees will you see...? it is different everyday, every moment. Even during the "Great Manatee Migration" (October - April) you could see 1 or a hundred. This is why having small groups is important. Airboat Adventure Yes I assist my good friend Captain Brian, from Redfish Charters with his amazing airboat rides. Keep in mind that other tours are booked before and after your tour , a scheduled departure time is important. We will try to accommodate a last minute request but other families maybe be involved and we can not meet your last minute request. When making such a demand, it does take time to reach out to the captains to see if we can accommodate your request. We will make every attempt to meet your request if possible. If your family has a special request, please let us know prior to your day of fun with the manatees. This will allow our team to adjust accordingly, so that your time with the manatees is maximised ... I hope this helps our future and returning guest. We look forward to meeting you... Captain Gene
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