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Manatee Tour plus Snorkeling

  • Guided tour to Kings Bay on Crystal River for a chance to snorkel with manatees
  • Pontoon boat is stocked with life jackets and swim noodles
  • Wetsuits, snorkel gear, and instruction is included
Manatee Tour plus Snorkeling
From US$ 55.00
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Manatee Swim Tour at 1pm
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Our specialization! Join us for a two hour guided snorkeling tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River. Tour guide, Captain, and all gear is included.
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Manatee Swim Tour at 10am
Our specialization! Join us for a two hour guided snorkeling tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River. Tour guide, Captain, and all gear is included.
From US$ 55.00
Manatee Swim Tour at 8am
Our specialization! Join us for a two hour guided snorkeling tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River. Tour guide, Captain, and all gear is included.
From US$ 55.00
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You may want to snorkel with a herd of gentle manatee but don't know where to find them. Join this small-group guided tour to Crystal River's Kings Bay for a chance to learn about wild manatees and possibly snorkel in their midst. A USCG Master Captain and certified guide/photographer lead this voyage in a covered pontoon boat. Snorkel gear, a wetsuit, and instruction is provided. Even beginners are welcome to join the group.
What to Expect
Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your tour time to ensure a timely departure. Children are not exempt from participating, but parental discretion is advised.

Our front desk staff will issue you a wet suit and direct you to an area to try it on. Your wet suit is worn over your swim clothes, and works best if it fits skin tight. Snorkel gear will be provided on the boat. You're welcome to bring drinks, snacks and personal gear with you. Anything you bring on the boat may get wet. We do not allow use of swim fins or flippers on manatee snorkel tours.

Once everyone has arrived and donned their wet suits, passengers will be called inside the shop for a short orientation. This includes a briefing provided by the crew and a short, required video supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Emergency life jackets are always on the boat, and swim "noodles" are long flotation devices supplied to each swimmer during the tour. We realize snorkeling is a new experience to many and we are used to working with snorkelers of any skill level. If desired, snorkelers can be supplied with a life jacket before departure. All children under 6 years of age will be provided a mandatory life jacket for the duration of the tour.

Once everyone is aboard, the certified captain will go over required safety information and formal introductions. Every boat will have an in-water swim guide and photographer equipped with a high resolution waterproof camera. Pictures are sold as a no-obligation package at the end of the tour. All guests are welcome to view the images before purchasing. 

The guide will address snorkeling techniques, hand out equipment, and discuss procedure and proper behavior. Once the boat has arrived and anchored at its location, swimmers will be instructed to finish donning their equipment and proceed into the water. Once everyone is comfortable and quiet, they will begin looking for and/or viewing manatee. Follow your guide's directions for the best experience!
After the swim, snorkelers will return to the boat. Some days, snorkelers may be required to get on and off the boat many different times. Our captains and guides will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. Research and realistic expectations are a huge contribution to the quality of your tour!

Our goal is to provide our guests with a memorable experience and spread a message of conservation. We promote passive observation and use an educational approach inline with local regulations and expectations. Swimming with the Florida manatee is a wonderful privilege that we take very seriously, if you are looking for a company that will take good care of you AND the manatees - you're in the right place!
Reviews (57)
1 - 5 of 51 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Great experience for all

Had 4 on trip one none swimmer and 3 swimmers 1 sr (73) 2 13yr old boys. Everyone had a great time the boys said "It was COOL" , wife (none swimmer) saw more Manatees than the swimmers and took good pictures. Swimmers all were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rick b
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Global warming/crowded/misleading

Captain Bill and swimmer Hunter were great. Dont let the photo fool you. The water is not clear. It's crowded AF with other tour boats and kayakers and you are swimming in a canal. I saw a silhouette of 1 manatee the whole time. Jostled...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tasha t
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Snorkeling with manatees

The snorkeling was an amazing experience! Got to see a lot of manatees up close and personal. A manatee baby even tried sucking on my daughter’s foot! We loved it and would absolutely do it again!

1  Thank 400sadiem
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Birthday Trip

This was on my bucket list to snorkel with the manatee. So for my birthday my husband and I finally did. The weather was perfect and tons of manatee were in warmer water for us to view, enjoy and interact. Perfect conditions and tons of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank tmkelley13
Reviewed 29 November 2018
Awesome Once In a Lifetime Experience

We did the manatee tour plus snorkeling. It was an amazing experience. The captain Bill was very insightful and friendly and our swim guide Missy was very helpful. This was the highlight of our 6 days in Florida. Money well spent.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank GlobeTrotting528205
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3 December 2018|
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Response from stonedtrucker63 | Reviewed this property |
You have a wetsuit on you’ll stay pretty warm.
3 July 2018|
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Response from Marianne X | Reviewed this property |
I believe it’s the same price because it’s a seat on the boat but you should call them if possible to ask.
13 June 2018|
Response from Akriese2001 | Reviewed this property |
I believe about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. We went to the morning tour (10:00 am) in March and finished in time for a late lunch. Arrive early to allow for getting on wet suits and watching the regulation video. The trip is well... More
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