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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this boat tour. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees in their natural environment
  • Fun for the entire family
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Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
Professional guide
Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Gratuities
Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
Photo DVD (available to purchase)
Towel and swimsuit

Departure Point

498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

River Ventures Manatee Tour and Education Center. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY River Ventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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star-5
Great experience
Andrea_A
, Sep 2021
My best friend and I had a great experience. The company does a great job being respectful to these animals.
star-5
Awesome experience
Martin
, Aug 2021
Awesome experience! Captain Mike and our guide Matt were so knowledgeable and friendly. We were not rushed swimming with the manatees at all! Definitely the best experience!
star-5
Bucket list experience
Victoria_W
, Jul 2021
Peter was fun and very friendly, Liz was wonderful she made sure everyone got to experience a view of the Manatee, she was really great! The experience was a bucket list experience, it was amazing!
star-5
Amazing experience!
Danielle_N
, Jul 2021
Shelly and Chrissy were amazing! They were knowledgeable and friendly. Our trip was fantastic and we saw two manatees. A female sleeping and a male that was eating and was very active. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!! Thank you so much!!
star-5
Yes!
Kayleigh
, Jul 2021
All around great experience. Saw and swam with several manatees and enjoyed one of the local spots with a natural spring! Very memorable excursion!
star-5
So highly recommended!!
Laura
, Jul 2021
This was one of the best experiences! Lindsay L, our guide and Ross, our boat driver were fantastic! So helpful and knowledgeable! We saw a momma manatee and her baby! Precious experience!!!
star-4
Where are they?
Holly_P
, Jun 2021
This was such a cool experience. We only saw a couple of manatee and swam with one. Trish and Wade were wonderful and I enjoyed the boat ride.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A great experience. I would do it again
Angela_V
, Jun 2021
Exceeded my expectations. Informative guide and captain. Plenty of Manatees to see and even 2 babies that came up to see us. That was unexpected.
star-5
Manatees
Juliann_E
, May 2021
We Saw so many Manatees, it was such a cool experience. The guides were great and did a good job. My son was 10 and loved it.
star-5
A must do!!
Christine_N
, May 2021
Fantastic!!! It was such a fun day. Swimming with the manatees is an amazing experience! Are tour guides Emerson and Dave were top notch! They new everything you needed to know to have a great day in the water with the manatees. Will defines be back! Thank you guys!!

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