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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

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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. 
Highlights
  • See and swim with manatees if they're spotted
  • Ride in a luxury pontoon boat that's heated in winter 
  • Fully narrated tour reveals little-known info 
  • A small group ensures personalized attention
What to Expect
Make your own way to a designated meeting point,  where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the itinerary and go over rules for snorkeling with the manatees. Slip on a wetsuit and board a covered pontoon boat (in the winter, it’s fully enclosed and heated). As you slowly enter into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for birds, fish, and other wildlife who call the area home. If manatees are spotted, you can slip into the water with them, staying at a respectful distance all the while. The best time to see the manatees is in the winter when they cluster in the warmer upstream waters of the reserve. An underwater photographer snaps shots throughout the day, and you can purchase photos or DVDs of your experience once back at the Manatee Center.
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Important Information
Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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 pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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the captain and the guide were excellent.i was excited to swim with the manatees but as soon as we started we saw a manatee and we interacted with him. so intimate. the whole adventure was amazing and I highly recommend buying the photos. we loved and will treasure them. thanks,
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Swimming with the manatees was something we will never forget. The small group was amazing and so worth the extra money because we got such personal attention and soooooo many amazing pictures! We also got a boat with heat and hot cocoa (both of which are very nice in between
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Our captain was John and JJ was our guide. From the moment we stepped in the door, everyone was incredibly friendly and kind (especially captain and grizzly💕), made us feel very at ease! They gave us all the information we needed to know, provided wet suits and we were bussed
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In October we took a mini road trip to take a break from the hustle and bustle of Orlando, and boy are we glad we went to Crystal River to experience this. We had a private boat tour with Captain John Stark and our guide Jose. They were so knowledgeable and we were lucky enough
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4 of us visited Florida from the UK and we had booked our manatee experience before leaving the country. When we arrived at River Ventures for our early morning start on the 28th October 2019 all the staff were warm and welcoming and everything was in place for us. Mike and
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