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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

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Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
You'll start at
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USALocated on property at the Plantation on Crystal River
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  • 1
    Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge
    Stop: 2 hours -
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  • 2
    Plantation Adventure Center
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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You'll end at
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours
9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USALocated on property at the Plantation on Crystal River
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  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
  • The on-site docks feature a heated changing facility with showers
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay. Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided. As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers. The tour ends at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Coffee, Hot chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Plantation Adventure Center
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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.
About the operator
By: Plantation Adventure Center
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Fabulous Surprise !!
After calling around and not finding any openings we landed on Plantation Adventures. We're not great snorkelers,
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Olathe, Kansas
Manatee Adventure
Unbelievable!!!!! Captain Ed and Mark were beyond amazing. So helpful in finding the manatees, sharing information
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Guides Mark and John totally rock this tour!
We thoroughly enjoyed the one hour informative boat tour. Mark and John are very knowledgeable and amusing. The
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Crystal River, Florida
Crystal River’s Finest Tour with Capt. Misty and Capt. Memphis!
This is not the first nor will it be the last time for me on the Plantation Adventure Center Manatee tours. I am
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Monelle M
Meditating with Manatees
This was my second time bringing folks from out of town to experience this amazing tour. I love this activity and
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Atlanta, Georgia
Wonderful experience with Captains Jon and Dallas!
We had a great time with John and Dallas in amd out of the water. They kept us away from the many crowds of
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Ken N
Atlanta, Georgia
5 Star experience
Capt Mark and Capt Ross were great! First timers and our youngest wasn’t feeling well that morning. Capt Mark
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Aimee G
Feb 4 Manatee Swim
We had a great experience! The guides were very patient with our lack of snorkeling experience. They helped me
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Jan M
Villa Rica, Georgia
Amazing experience!
This was the 3rd time that we swam with the manatees, but the first time with the Plantation Adventure Center.
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Another great cruise
This was our second time going on a cruise with Plantation Adventures. Captain Mike and Captain Dustin were
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Key Details
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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