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Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

From US$ 139 per person

Explore Florida’s most spectacular wildlife with this full-day outdoor adventure. Encounter the notorious West Indian manatee while snorkeling, see unique species at a local state park, and enjoy an electrifying airboat ride - all in one day.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Margaritaville Resort Orlando (Banquet and Events Entrance)- 7:15 AM pickup time Uno's Pizzeria and Grill - 7:30 AM pickup time Orlando Starflyer - 8:00 AM pickup time
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Encounter the beautiful West Indian manatee in its natural habitat
  • Enjoy a snorkeling adventure in crystal clear waters
  • Discover Florida’s unique wildlife from both land and sea
  • Learn about the inhabitants of Homosassa Springs State Park
  • Experience the thrill of an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
Full description
Enjoy breakfast as you head out to the beautiful Crystal River area to start your snorkeling adventure. Explore the river and admire unique wildlife in its natural habitat. Learn about the magnificent manatee and have the opportunity to see them up close. Next is a guided visit to the Homosassa Springs State Park. Discover local wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, alligators, and more. Learn about the park’s manatee rehabilitation program and stop at an underwater observatory built over the mouth of a spring. Enjoy a packed lunch before heading to the Withlacoochee River, to end your day with an exciting airboat ride. This area is another natural haven, where you can see more local wildlife. Feel the thrill of skimming over the water with an exhilarating trip in a flat-bottomed boat.
  • Boat tour on Crystal River
  • State park entrance fee
  • Airboat ride
  • Roundtrip transportation
  • Guide
  • Local taxes and fees
  • Wetsuit rental fee
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent

Know before you go

  • All guests who want to participate in the manatee swim must rent a wetsuit from the local partner for $10 before the boat departs.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

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We were picked up early punctually by an upbeat, enthusiastic driver who fed us a delicious breakfast and briefed us on our day. He seemed to realize that we wanted to eat and go back to sleep. We arrived at the office where we were to get our gear, and all went smoothly. Lacy and Whitney were our guides, and Chad was our boat captain. Lacy coached us on what we could expect once we got in the water and took us in for some practice. They all warned us that it was off season for the manatees and we might not find very many. Delightfully, they were mistaken. Manatees were below us and all around us. It was impossible not to touch them, although we'd been warned not to. We got back on the van for lunch and were on our way to the park and airboat ride, which were equally good. I would highly recommend this tour and these guides and will request them myself if I go back to Orlando.

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July 31, 2021

It was a blast to see and super easy to schedule!

August 3, 2021

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