Water activity

Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

4.7 / 5

39 reviews

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Orlando

Orlando: Manatees Swim, Snorkel and Boat Day Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Orlando

From US$ 149 per person

Ride a scenic boat tour on the Crystal River, home of the endangered Florida Manatee. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling with the playful manatees, and an airboat ride down the Withlacoochee River.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
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  • One-of-a-kind interaction with manatees
  • Enjoy the beautiful Florida atmosphere
  • Fly across the water on an airboat ride
  • A day tour free of predictable theme parks
Full description
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.
  • Round-trip transportation from select Orlando hotels
  • 30 Minute airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
  • Guided boat cruise and snorkeling in crystal river
  • Packed breakfast and sit down lunch at local restaurant
  • Gratuities
  • Mandatory wet suit rental ($15 to be paid on-site)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Don't forget your cameras, swimwear, towels, sunscreen, and cash for any souvenirs, wet suit rental, drinks, and optional photo packages
  • Crystal River is lucky to have a group of approximately 80 manatees that stay all year round. During the colder months, an additional 300 more join them. The constant 72-degree (F) temperature of the spring-fed river and abundance of underwater plant life make it the perfect habitat for the manatees.
  • The manatees in Crystal River are wild animals and, as such, you are not guaranteed interaction. However, your expert tour guides will do everything they can to make this happen.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 39 reviews

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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.

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October 2, 2022

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.

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August 6, 2022

A fantastic full day out. Exceeded my expectations by far. Never stopped enjoying the day from start to finish. Excellent value for money either for a single person or all the family. With great guidance through out the day. It’s a must do day out.!!! I went by myself as my wife don’t like water much. But wouldn’t hesitate to bring the kids next trip as I know they would have a ball

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August 3, 2022

Product ID: 9545