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Meet your guide at Plantation on Crystal River for a brief education session at the dive shop to go over the rules of swimming with manatees and learn the best ways to approach the animals in the water. From here, a US Coast Guard-certified captain will lead you out into Kings Bay.

Once manatees are spotted, your guide leads you into the water where you have the chance to swim and snorkel alongside the gentle giants. Your guide photographs the highlights of your swimming with manatees experience, and photos will be available for purchase after your tour.

Only six people per boat guarantees a more personalized experience and all snorkeling equipment is provided with the tour. Complimentary dry towels, boat coats, hot chocolate, and coffee keep you warm on the boat.

The tour ends at the departure point.
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Plantation Adventure Center
Florida’s Crystal River, with its warm springs, is one of the best-known spots for viewing and snorkeling with manatees. On this small-group manatee adventure you swim with West Indian manatees on a boat tour that gets you up close and personal with these friendly mammals. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are included, as are warm drinks and dry towels for maximum comfort.
  • Swim and snorkel with the gentle West Indian manatees in Kings Bay
  • Small group tour allows for face-to-face interaction with the manatees
  • Wetsuits, mask, snorkels, towels, hot chocolate and hot showers available
  • Guide photographs your experience, with photos available for purchase
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Reviewed 4 days ago
A wonderful experience.

My wife Mona and I were passing through Crystal River and she decided that she wanted to swim with the Manatee. She had been talking about doing this for years. It was the second week of August and we knew the chances of seeing a...More

1  Thank S427PQgeorgec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Snorkeling over a manatee, A lifetime thrill!

Captains Memphis and Ross took us on a manatee snorkel. Being that it is off season for manatees in the area, they were skilled enough to find a lone manatee for us to snorkel over and observe. We were trained on how to behave near...More

1  Thank CindyC3696
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nice Boat Ride, But....

Really nice facility and great people. My experience was not the best, yet I know exactly why... the season of the year. Manatees "winter" in this area, and (like human snowbirds) usually leave for the summer. I was there in June, and the manatee had...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing Time!!

We stayed at the hotel from Friday-Sunday and booked the manatee tour for Saturday morning 10:30 trip to start. Our tour guides were Ross & Misty. They were both extremely patient , informative and just overall great! They took us to a fresh spring and...More

Thank Becky W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
good luck thanks Captain Ross and Misty

We had an awesome tour through the whole Bay this morning because none of the manatees really wanted to show up. But after an icredible swim over the beautiful springs captain Ross and Misty didn´t give up! They finally found two big Manatees and let...More

Thank Alexa2013_13
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garry b
17 September 2018|
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Response from CindyC3696 | Reviewed this property |
Yes! Many folks had them. You can also purchase a thumb drive with photos that the water guide takes. I went that route and his pictures were very nice! Plus I was in some of them. Great fun!
Jodie M
5 April 2018|
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Response from Michael C | Reviewed this property |
They take a series of photos and video images which you can purchase at the end of the trip. While I typically never buy these packages, we had so many close encounters that I couldn't resist. There is a gift shop so they... More
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