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Swim with Manatee Adventure!

  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
Swim with Manatee Adventure!
From US$ 63.60
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This is our regular snorkel tour for those who like to sleep in a little!
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Early Morning
This is our one of our first tours of the day and manatees are early risers!!!
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Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay.

Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided.

As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers.

The tour ends at the starting point.
Reviews (177)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Incredible Experience

I LOVED my Manatee swim tour with Plantation Adventure Center! Both Captain Misty and Captain Steve were fantastic - very knowledgable and helpful. We got to swim with three manatees and saw two others. I loved being able to swim at Three Sister's Spring too....More

1  Thank Travelobsessive82
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great & Wonderful Trip

Me and my father had a wonderful experience. The Tour was professionally organized by the Plantation Adventure Center. It was very informative and gave us a nice insight to the Manatee living and Crystal River Nature The information's, given by captains Ed and Tara were...More

Thank Jens P
Reviewed 1 week ago
Adventure of a lifetime!

My family and I did the swim with manatee tour with Captains Misty and Memphis. It was an amazing experience! Misty and Memphis were very knowledgeable about the manatees and the area around the Crystal River. This was our first time snorkeling and Captain Misty...More

Thank LoriJ66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Amazing Manatee Adventure!!

Captains Lance and Dustin were amazing guides!!!! The experience was fantastic! Our guides were very knowledgeable and comforting.... great with kids and first timers! I highly recommend this company for your next adventure.

1  Thank crystalrossman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Amazing Experience, Great People!!!

My wife and I just got back from a 5 day trip to Crystal River. We swam with the Manatees three of those days with the pros from the Plantation Dive Center. The whole staff was friendly and fun. Special shout outs are necessary for...More

3  Thank John B
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Response from ecseps | Reviewed this property |
Yes - a young playful manatee visited with everyone....was amazing
17 September 2018|
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Response from OlivejuiceME | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Hold on to it tight! Our captain said hes found a few on the bottom of the river.
18 July 2018|
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Response from CRona3 | Reviewed this property |
When we went in March, the water was freezing.... So we wore the wetsuits they provided...the water was so clear and perfect. We saw about 20 manatees each day we went out.
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