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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

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Crystal River Manatee Swim

Crystal River Manatee Swim

Customer Reviews

Carolyn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I had the most wonderful experience of my life! Our captain and tour guide were very knowledgeable and entertaining. I will definitely go again.

Joanna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Definitely a 5 star experience and will recommend to family and friends. Everyone in our party felt very safe and well informed with the expert guidance of Capt. David and Irish Dave. They did a superb job and helped us see many manatees and their babies.

Warren B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great experience! Staff was very knowledgeable - very professional, well informed and
protective of the environment and the manatees. We especially loved 'Captain Stubb and
Lindsay. We had a blast.

Alan P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Everything about this tour was fantastic! From the price, to the guides and even the manatees themselves, everything was perfect. The thing I was most worried about was that all these kinds of tours because there are many of them going on all the time would be detrimental to the manatees and their habitat. But there are many rules and regulations that the tour strictly adhered to, giving the manatees human-free zones and basically letting the manatees decide if they want to interact with humans or not. My wife had a really amazing one-on-one encounter with a very friendly manatee. We are already thinking about the next time we might be able to do this amazing tour again!

Becki L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very friendly, experienced staff and floated with 2 mom manatees and their babies -- excellent!

Judith D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an amazing adventure. The staff was professional and very helpful. The trip was on time and lasted 3 hours, as advertised. There was plenty of time in the water and we had positive interactions with multiple manatees.

Andrea L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The experience was wonderful. The guide and captain were informative and very careful our group respected the environment, rules and manatees. Other groups clearly weren't educated prior to jumping in. thanks!

Theodore B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was really great and the Manatee swim was wonderful. Two members of our party swam with the manatees and said they saw too many to count. We could not swim, so watch from the boat but saw numerous manatees. One even came up to the boat and chewed on our anchor line. We got good pictures and the tour guide filmed those who were swimming with the manatees. While it was a bit chilly the morning we went out, it warmed up and was a great 3 hours. Our guide and boat captain were great and provided us with a lot of information on the ecology of the area around Crystal River and what was being done to increase the natural food supply for the manatees.

Dawn M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Awesome tour. Lots of manatees. JJ, our guide was spectacular.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Very cool experience. Very knowledgeable guide

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