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Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

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Crystal River, United States
Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


The Florida manatee is one of the most gentle underwater creatures and this encounter lets you get a closer look at them. Venture out from Crystal River in a kayak and search for these sea cows with your small group. Learn how to interact with the creatures through passive observation and then, when you’re ready, get in the water for your swim.
  • Learn about the local ecology from your guide
  • Enjoy an intimate experience on a small-group tour
  • Kayak, wetsuit, snorkel gear, and a life vest are provided
  • See other local wildlife in their natural habitat
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
Private transportation
Kayak or Paddleboard
Life Vest
$5.00 Per Person City Kayak/Paddleboard Launch Fee

Departure Point

469 NE 1st St, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

Come to Paddles Outdoor Rentals 30 minutes before your designated start time, where you will watch two safety videos, get into wetsuits, and depart for your tour from the launch point.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Moderate physical activity is required to kayak/paddleboard and swim with the manatees.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paddles Outdoor Rentals
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida?
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 Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida.
What is the social distancing policy during Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Amazing opportunity to be that close up in their habitat.
, Jan 2022
Lots of manatees. Love the kayaking to the springs Andorran course time in the water. Guide Dr. Josh was friendly and shared lots of manatee knowledge as did the front desk person. Both have a great passion for the manatees and springs.
Once in a lifetime experience!
, Jan 2022
The company is one of a kind, they are all so nice and respectful! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient I never felt rushed! The small group size made the trip 10 times more enjoyable as well!
One of the highlights of our Florida vacation
, Jan 2022
We saw literally over 100 manatees and swam with manatees inches away in beautiful warm fresh spring water. Great guide and staff. Highly recommend Paddles!
Manatee Swim
, Dec 2021
Taylor was a good guide and found manatees even in a busy, windy day at noon. We were able to spend quite a long time with the manatees.
Great experience
, Dec 2021
It is early in the season so we only saw 5 manatees but it was a very cool experience. The kayak trip was so pretty.
Fun with Manatees
, Jan 2021
Our guide Hunter was great and the dock staff and shop staff were helpful! We swam with some manatee which was our goal! Thank you!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
So glad you had a great time and were able to swim with a manatee. Thanks again and see you soon :)
Manatees sighting!
, Mar 2020
I had a great time kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming. Dani, the tour guide, took good care of me. She made sure I was okay with how fast we were going and where we were going. It was very windy so we didn't go to one area since it would have required a lot of hard paddling to get there and I have only kayaked 5 times. We saw two manatees who were sleeping. If the weather had been cooler, more manatees would have been warming up in the springs. I was glad to finally see manatees in the wild!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It was so nice having you join us for the Swim With Manatees Tour! We love it when our customers have a great time even when the weather and the manatees do not cooperate at times :) Please come back and visit us again sometime soon and let's get you face to face with one of these amazing animals !
Awesome Snorkel / Kayak Adventure!!
, Jan 2020
Fabulous Tour! Our tour guide did a wonderful job! We saw plenty of manatees and the kayaks used in the tour were top notch! Josh was very informative and helpful. I would definitely recommend this tour to family and friends!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for your review and we are so glad you had a great time with Josh! Come back and see us again some time soon :)
Super Erlebnis
, Feb 2020
* Freundliches Personal * Schön und liebevo eingerichtetes, sauberes Office * Gut organisiertes und junges Team * Kajaktour inkl. Schnorcheln sehr zu empfehlen
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Vielen Dank, dass Sie Ihre Tour mitgenommen haben, und wir freuen uns sehr, dass Sie unseren Shop, unsere Mitarbeiter und die Tour geliebt haben. Bitte kommen Sie zurück und besuchen Sie uns, wenn Sie das nächste Mal in Florida sind. Gute Reise und pass auf dich auf :)

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