• Location: Crystal River, Florida
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this guided, 3-hour tour and boat cruise. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.


  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees in their natural environment
  • Fun for the entire family

What You Can Expect

Crystal River Manatee Swim

Crystal River Manatee Swim

Customer Reviews

dean k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

great trip, boat captain and guide were both first class


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was a well done, fun tour! If you're in the area, add this to the list.

Wesley J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

What a great experience! We saw a lot of Manatees and we were lucky enough to have them interact with us! We even got to see baby Manatees! The guide Crystal was amazing and told us about the manatees as well as took several photos of our group with the manatees. The captain John was very helpful as well and shared his knowledge of the animals and area too. We enjoyed hot cocoa on the boat and had a great trip. Well worth going and the barring the cold weather!

Ruth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is a well organized outfit. They have everything on hand that you will need including complimentary hot chocolate and coffee. They prepare you well for what you will be doing and the guides keep track of their people. Everyone is friendly and helpful. The manatees? Yes! They were there and we were taught how to get very close without disturbing them. Great tour!

Scott C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

We had a lot of fun and these guys are very well organized

marybeth a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was a spectacular trip done very professionally. What a wonderful experience!

geertruida r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was well organized, staff was very friendly, pleasant, informative. Good equipment, well maintained and clean. Staff worked hard to find us some manatees not too many of them around in the summer, and we had ample time to enjoy observing them. I plan to come back in the winter and use this same company to do this tour again.

kathy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This experience is amazing! It should be on everyone's bucket list. There were 8 of us from age 9-56 and was enjoyed be all. My son said this was the best part of the whole vacation even better than 'Harry Potter' at the theme park! Captain John and Hunter our guide was amazing!!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We booked the 6:15 a.m. tour. It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. Everything was extremely organized from the moment we arrived. The staff where we geared up were super friendly, and our guides, Mike and Rhonda, were amazing! They got us out on/in the water quickly and long before the crowds came. I have to give a big thank you to Mike for being super patient with me - I had never wore snorkeling gear before and my claustrophobic self was kind of struggling ok, scratch that-there was no kind of-I WAS struggling! with getting used to the idea of wearing it in the water for the first few minutes. We were able to find a mom and baby manatee quite quickly and our small group was able to observe/interact with them for a long time. We then went to another area and saw 3 more manatees, plus we were able to view an underwater spring. We finished off the tour cruising to the other side of the river and were able to view some beautiful birds and their babies, as well as some turtles. It was obvious that both Mike and Rhonda have a great respect for these lovely creatures, and that this experience should be viewed as a privilege - it is not a theme-park type encounter I won't do those - you wait/observe and hope! that the manatees approach you - you don't pursue them. It is a definitely one for the bucket list! :

Katrina T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Outstanding!! All the staff were welcoming, fun and helpful. Rob was an awesome tour guide with the manatees!!!!

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