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Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

1. Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride

Snorkel thorugh marine life in the Crystal Rive on this day trip from Orlando. Ride in a comfortable and airconditioned bus to Homosassa Springs State Park for a guided visit. Find out about manatees and go for an airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River. In the morning, 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. Ride through this area which 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.

Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

2. Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

Swim and snorkel with one of the sea's most gentle creatures, the endangered Florida manatee, and take an exhilarating airboat ride. Head to the picturesque Crystal River – home to the endangered “gentle giant of the sea,” the Florida manatee – where you can choose to snorkel or swim. Have a chance to interact with these beautiful creatures if you’re lucky. Have some lunch, and then enjoy a fully-narrated airboat ride. Learn more about this southern state's wildlife from the knowledgeable tour guide.

Orlando: Swim with Manatees and Homosassa State Park Visit

3. Orlando: Swim with Manatees and Homosassa State Park Visit

The gentle manatees of the Crystal River await your arrival on this delightful day-long tour where you can swim with these curious creatures. Your day will begin with complimentary pickup from one of the key meeting points in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Disney. You will then be whisked away to the picturesque Crystal River. Crystal River is home to the curious and endangered manatee. Also known as Sea Cows, these creatures are most definitely the gentle giants of the marine world. Here you have the chance to snorkel or swim in the clear blue waters. Manatees are curious creatures and will often come to greet those who choose to snorkel or swim. They may even roll over to be tickled! Those who prefer to stay above water may wish to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. After lunch at your own expense, you will visit the beautiful Homosassa State Park, one of Florida’s best kept secrets. There, enjoy the chance to see many of Florida’s endangered species, such as the state panther, and watch the manatees again from an underwater viewing chamber. Fun, relaxed and light-hearted, this day-long tour and swim with the manatees is the perfect tour choice for the whole family!

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

If you are debating doing this. Don’t!!! Absolutely amazing experience. The dive shop crew knew exactly where to look For manatees and it was an amazing experience to be that close. We got to see a big matured one then a baby and it’s mama. Oh it was stunning to see and be apart of the baby being so content in its environment. We were lucky the water was clearer where the baby and it’s mama was. We also saw a sting ray and lots of different types of fish. And then don’t even get me started on the airboat ride!!!! JUST WOW!!!! We only saw one little crocodile but it was awesome to be gliding along the Everglades. And so thrilling. I will say breakfast isn’t fresh on the bus but the lunch was amazing. The cheeseburger was fresh and meaty and I be never seen fries like that in my life. But they were delicious!!!

This was amazing!! First time to Florida on our honeymoon and we just showed up with our tickets and paid for parking and they took care of the rest! We had Luiz as a guide and he was knowledgeable and funny and made the trip great! Our manatee instructors were Gina and Andrew and they were fabulous! We saw lots of manatees (at least 10) and got to swim with them! The only suggestion I have is to bring some $5’s, $10’s, $20’s for tips! And a warm change of clothes if it’s chilly! Our trip was about 8.5 hours total (8am-4:30pm) but time varies I think! Would definitely do it again!!!

Company texted to confirm pick up location and time. Charter bus picked us up right on time. Bagged continental breakfast was a pastry, granola bar, fruit cup, juice, and water. Manatee tour group in Crystal River (famous birds dive center) was wonderful. Saw 4-5 manatees. Lunch was good (KC wine and koffee bar). Air boat ride was really fun. Long day though (we were the last stop) 8:30a-7:30p. Bus guide didn’t look at the paperwork before she handed it out and so everyone got someone else’s lunch sign up. Frustrating but ultimately not a big deal.

All very professional but also friendly. Fantastic experience, most amazing birthday present for me, would recommend this trip to all people who love and respect our wildlife. Saw a mother and baby which was the high light and having the guide take pictures makes it a memory to treasure. Don’t mind that there are few facilities for changing but it Would be nice to have more than one toilet there.

We loved our day! A great time on an airboat, and a magical time in Crystal River. We were with Mia and Mike who were awesome. Even though we were there in August, we were able to see several manatees and it was a great experience. Go for it!