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Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

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We will let you in on a secret! You can get the high-end experience, with an affordable price tag! Our new heated (during winter), luxury pontoon aims to amp up the manatee sighting and deliver a more personal event! Observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Crystal River’s idyllic Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Your US Coast Guard licensed captains and guides will take you into the 600 acre spring fed refuge waters for viewing and snorkeling with these slow moving wild giants. All equipment, fees, snacks and beverages are included.
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  • See and swim with manatees if they're spotted
  • Ride in a luxury pontoon boat that's heated in winter 
  • Fully narrated tour reveals little-known info 
  • A small group ensures personalized attention
What to Expect
Make your own way to a designated meeting point,  where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the itinerary and go over rules for snorkeling with the manatees. Slip on a wetsuit and board a covered pontoon boat (in the winter, it’s fully enclosed and heated).
As you slowly enter into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for birds, fish, and other wildlife who call the area home. If manatees are spotted, you can slip into the water with them, staying at a respectful distance all the while.
The best time to see the manatees is in the winter when they cluster in the warmer upstream waters of the reserve. An underwater photographer snaps shots throughout the day, and you can purchase photos or DVDs of your experience once back at the Manatee Center.
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My daughters and I had such an incredible experience swimming with the manatees. It exceeded our expectations! Our captain and guide were the best. (Captain John S. and Guide J.J.) They explained everything and taught us so much about the manatees and surrounding area. My...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Jennifer H
Reviewed 5 days ago

The tour was amazing!!! It was actually the highlight of my week-long vacation to Orlando, Universal Studios, and Disney. We had a wonderful time learning about and observing the manatees in the wild. It was so much fun and relaxing. We saw several manatees, older...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank BridgetB1086
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the semi private tour for manatee swim. Awesome, awesome, awesome!!! Meagan and John were fantastic. They know what's up... for sure! We went during hot weather so there are not hundreds of manatees. Have realistic expectations and be patient... this isn't a zoo or...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Ken D
RiverVentures, Manager at River Ventures Manatee Tour Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Megan and John are consummate professionals with the best in mind for both the manatees and for their visitors! We appreciate you noticing our dedication to being professional while fun, and educational while adventurous! It's a fine line that we try to walk. We believe...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We already did this tour last year in July. It was so great we decided to book the tour again. we startet at the shop with a short movie how to behave in case of seeing/finding Manatee. as July is not the best time to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank EMdJG
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Meagan and John were fantastic, fun and super knowledgeable!! would highly recommend this trip! Lived in Florida 40 years and never had a better experience!

Date of experience: August 2019
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kellyrinker
10 March 2019|
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Response from Malcolm B |
we saw regular tour boats with 10-20 people. the boat is slower and less maneuverable to get into the small tributaroes where some of the manatees hang out. they like quiet places without splashing or loud boat motors. when... More
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Jodie M
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They give you three options on the photos, around $27 for the disc, $34 for the USB, and around $40 for the on-line album. They also provide floating aids for everyone in the water, no extra charge.
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