Water activity

Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

4.9 / 5

63 reviews

Activity provider: River Ventures USA

Crystal River Small Group Swim with Manatee Tour

Activity provider: River Ventures USA
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From US$ 99.64 per person

Likely to sell out

Enjoy a high-end experience at an affordable price and explore the home of manatees aboard a luxury pontoon boat. Embark on a 3-hour cruise through King's Bay Wildlife Refuge and encounter the gentle giants up close and personal.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 6 participants


  • Swim with manatees
  • Learn about the animals in a classroom type setting
  • Encounter the curious creatures in their natural habitat
  • Get treated like a VIP aboard the comfortable pontoon boat
  • Enjoy coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juice, water and cocktails on board
Full description
Swim with manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River, home to the world’s largest population of the endangered creatures during the winter. Encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat. Benefit from the services of a Coast Guard certified captain and in-water educator and photographer. Learn about the animals in a classroom-type setting and get tips to make the most of your day. Hear about passive interaction to make sure that the animals enjoy the experience just as much as you do! Then, suit up and board a covered pontoon boat to immerse yourself in the manatees' world. Be treated like royalty aboard the boat and see the wildlife refuge in style. Return to the facility at the end of your adventure and visit the one-of-a-kind gift shop! Hear about other local attractions and restaurants, and get answers to any questions you may have before you depart.
  • Wetsuits
  • Masks
  • Snorkels
  • Coffee, tea and hot cocoa on board
  • Guide/captain
  • Gratuities
  • Photo packages

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Meeting point

Meet at the local operator's facility at 498 SE Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River, Florida 34429.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Participants must be over 3 years old to take part
  • Participants should be comfortable in the water and able to go up and down a short ladder to board the boat
  • The customized pontoon seats up to 6 people and offers a comfortable and more personalized experience 
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 63 reviews

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A great experience, we were with 4 people at the end of October at the Manatees. We were even very close to two manatees with their young. Despite the neoprene it was really very cold, but you could always warm yourself up with warm drinks. Very nice team, absolutely recommendable!

October 25, 2022

We (couple) did a manatee tour with Wade and Trish. There were four of us and it was absolutely amazing. Wade and Trish are very respectful of the animals and give them the space they need when needed. They pointed out to us several times to be animal-friendly. They were also very friendly and communicative. There was free hot chocolate, coffee, cold drinks and small snacks. Thank you for this incredible experience! Always my pleasure!

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September 20, 2022

The welfare of the animals is absolutely paramount, the captain and guide are super friendly and provide a lot of additional information. Water, soft drinks, beer, wine, hot cocoa, tea and coffee were available to us free of charge on board. This tour is limited to 6 people, which is important for a truly great experience. You should definitely choose the first tour of the day, because at this time there are significantly fewer other tours nearby. All in all absolutely recommendable!

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April 27, 2022

Product ID: 151070