• Location: Orlando, Florida
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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Get up close to Florida’s gentle manatees on this 2-hour tour on Crystal River! Perfect for kids and adults, this educational program offers a presentation on the West Indian manatee and the rare chance to swim with these docile sea creatures. Enjoy some unforgettable moments with your friends, family and some irresistible marine mammals.


  • Self-drive from Orlando to the Crystal River to swim with manatees
  • Boat cruise with manatee experts
  • Swim with Florida’s gentle giants, one of the world’s largest populations of West Indian manatees
  • Mask, snorkel and wetsuit provided

What You Can Expect

Self-Drive Swim with Manatees on the Crystal River

Self Drive Swim with Manatees at Crystal River

Your unforgettable marine experience begins with a self-drive from Orlando to Crystal River, renowned for its abundant West Indian manatee population. Upon arrival, your small group will enjoy an interactive presentation by expert naturalists focusing on this unique creature — often called a ‘sea cow’ and the 'gentle giant of the sea' — including its physiology, environment and endangered status.

Afterwards, relax and take in the views, or jump into the scenic river (mask and snorkel provided) to get acquainted with the playful marine mammals. You’ll have the chance to get up-close contact in the company of fellow animal enthusiasts and certified dive instructors.

When your swim is over, towel off, snap some souvenir photos and make your way back to Orlando.

Note: Manatee season is from October to March.

Customer Reviews

Craig C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Absolutely awesome experience that we'd love to repeat. Captain and crew were so knowledgeable and passionate about these gorgeous creatures and added bonus of swing over the springs. Big wow. relaxed but really professional. Wonderful.

Pamala C

4 star rating: Recommended May 2013

Had a Super time !! Would go again ! Thanks

Kevin S

3 star rating: Worth doing March 2014

The folks at the boat launch were very nice. The boat ride was pleasant enough. The manatees were plentiful, but most were gathered in a restricted area behind ropes. The Park Rangers were a bit overzealous for no reason. It's understood that you can't cross the ropes and nobody did. But what is the harm in actually touching the ropes? Give me a break!. The narrow inlet to the Three Sisters Springs became a bit of a bottleneck as it was very narrow and some "divers" had a hard time walking through the current. We were also disappointed that we were charged an extra $10 each for a wetsuit when the website clearly said that it was included in the $49 fee. Actually, I'm not sure that the wetsuit was even necessary. Bummer that law forbids touching these strange, gentle animals, but understandable, I guess.


3 star rating: Worth doing June 2013

The water was very murky and hard to see in. The best part of the tour was coming back to the docks and coming upon three or four dolphins herding and feeding! It was amazing to watch and get pictures and some short videos. Our captain, Charles, was very pleasant and most helpful. Was a good day overall.


2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better September 2014

First of all you float with the manatees, not swim. Next I think Viator should now that its seasonal, whether you see them, in our case were told that we could see them from boat, only a blur as the one only manatee that they new where it was was, a fair distance from the boat, and it was a very young one. The tour tried to fill in the time for the tour by taking us to see Turpin fish and a dolphin that had come into the river. This was the first tour I booked, and worked every thing else around the manatees, so we were very disappointed that that was all to see. It was also very hard to find where the tour was, when we drove ourselfs.

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