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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge provided by River Ventures Manatee Tour Center

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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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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.
  • Chance to swim with the manatees under the direct supervision of a guide
  • Learn about their biology and behavior, plus efforts to protect them
  • Get expertly fitted for a wet suit, mask, and snorkel
  • Guides take photos of you, so you can stay in the moment
  • Opt to purchase a CD of the high-resolution images
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at the tour office, located in downtown Crystal River. Multiple times are available throughout the day; early morning tours offer the best times to swim with the manatees. Watch a video about the manatees and get an introduction to the rules of swimming safely around these endangered animals. Get fitted with a mask and wet suit to ensure the best possible conditions for your wildlife adventure. Slip into the water and float weightlessly near the large creatures, who are known to swim slowly and forage on the river's bottom for sea grass meals. While you swim, your guides will take photographs of you, both above and below the water, so you’ll have plenty of memories to share but can stay focused and in-the-moment. Back at the office, you can opt to purchase a CD of your high-resolution images.
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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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sassycat2477 wrote a review 11 Jul
Orlando, Florida86 contributions10 helpful votes
My husband and I took a swim with the manatee tour on Friday 7/10 at 6am. We had Trish and Wade as our guide and captain. We had a phenonmenal time. I highly recomend getting out early and going on the first tour of the morning. We stayed at the Holiday Express and it tooks us
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Date of experience: July 2020
Bobby Krause wrote a review 7 Jul
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Wade was an excellent captain and Trisha was a great guide! Water was so clear and we had an incredible encounter with a mom and calf!
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Date of experience: July 2020
Mary wrote a review 6 Jul
1 contribution
We would like to thank Trish and Wade for an amazing experience. They were both friendly and knowledgeable. Their team work allowed us to be a part of an experience we would never forget. We highly recommend River Ventures and all their team members.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Sharon A wrote a review 6 Jul
Jacksonville, Florida2 contributions
Truly unique experience. Our Captain and Guide were absolutely amazing, and extremely knowledgeable. Got up close with the Manatee's, saw Two Mom's and their babies. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: July 2020
Justin and Jaime wrote a review 5 Jul
2 contributions
Captain Mariah and Heidi were amazing! We went on the 6:15am tour on July 1st. It took a little bit of searching (20 minutes) to find a manatee; however, it was worth the wait! We were just happy to find a manatee. We found a manatee who was busy munching grass. Heidi
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Date of experience: July 2020
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By: River Ventures Manatee Tour Center
Excellent experience on Manatee Swim
My husband and I took a swim with the manatee tour on Friday 7/10 at 6am. We had Trish and Wade as our guide and ca
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We swam with Manatees!!!
This was an awesome experience! The tour company prepped us for our safety and the manatee safety. They really care
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VIP swim
What an amazing experience Capt Troy and Manatee whisperer Megan were amazing. We all had such a fun time and learn
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Manatee tour
Swimming with the Manatees was amazing! Tricia and wade were fabulous! Would recommend them to everyone!
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Manatees with our family
We did a private Manatee Tour this morning at Chrystal River and had an amazing time! Captain Gavin and Shelley we
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Excellent and Well Run Trip - even during Off-Season
Out group of only two was guided by Matt and Captain Emerson. They were wonderful and intelligent guides. They go
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Swimming with Manatees in Crystal River Florida
The guides did a fantastic job! We always felt very safe, saw lots of manatees and got up close and personal. It wa
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Don’t miss out
My daughter and I just returned from our trip and I have to tell you that our Manatee tour with River Ventures was
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Incredible ! Go and visit . Won’t regret !
I was amazed by how experienced and talented are JJ and tray OMG, these guys love their job and enjoy it so much ,
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My granddaughter, her boyfriend and I were visiting Orlando for her graduation. The trip to Crystal River was wel
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Amazing experience
JJ and Mike were awesome, very friendly and professional. The tour was beyond expectation and was the highlight of
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Best staff and covid precautions in place
The facility took covid precautions, making me feel safe during my entire tour. River Ventures has very accommodati
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Worth it!
The interaction with the manatees. The tour guides really worked hard to make sure that we had at least one interac
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Amazing experience
What an amazing experience! My husband and I loved the manatee tour. First time swimming with the manatees and so g
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VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
Captain Wade and Trish created the perfect adventure for us! We quickly found manatees swimming in the river and w
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, and 1 more
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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