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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
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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
498 SE Kings Bay Dr , 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.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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.
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.

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Peace of spirit
MariaAngeles_F
, Aug 2022
We have a wonderful experience. The manatees bring you peace of spirit. I recommend you to pursuit with.
star-5
Great living animal creatures
Johann_R
, Jul 2022
Great experience. Great tour. In the beginning the animals were hard to find but we found 5 of them incl a baby.
star-5
The wife and I had a...
Ashley_J
, Jul 2022
The wife and I had a great time. Freezing (ish) water, summertime meant less manatee, but being able to learn about and see where they hang out was fun. :-)
star-5
Great Tour
Barbara_B
, Jul 2022
The tour guides Mike and Shellie sure we saw manatees. And we saw several, which made the experience amazing.
star-1
Manatee tour for $400
Chantal_G
, Jul 2022
3 our tour for $400!! The 3 our is with traveling to the boot, het on the boot, Watch movies and listen to the guide. We followed 1 manatee with a GROUP of people instead of a GROUP of manatees. We were disapointed that we paid so much money. Just rent a kayak and look four the tours. That is only 160$ with wet suits
star-5
Manatee kisses!
Amy_M
, Jul 2022
This excursion was superb from start to finish! Had the best guide (Marissa) and captain (Tanner). Both were super friendly and extremely helpful which allowed for a phenomenal encounter with the manatees! Would highly recommend this trip!
star-5
Up close & personal
Jennifer_M
, Jul 2022
We had a great time with our family on this tour! Capt Irish Dave & Mel the tour guide were knowledgeable and could answer any question you come up with. They care about the ecosystem & the preservation of the wildlife with a passion. Our manatee encounters were up close and personal too! It was a surreal experience.
star-5
Bucket List!!
Leah_B
, Jul 2022
We had a great experience! Captain Wade and guide, Trisha were phenomenal. They truly care about the education and preservation of the manatees and their environment. We were able to snorkel while passively observing the manatees. Would definitely recommend and plan on going again in the winter!
star-5
Excellent experience!
Karen_H
, Jun 2022
Shanna and JJ were great! Such an amazing experience. Manatees swam near us so many times. Experience of a lifetime! Thanks!
star-5
Had a great time and...
Daron_W
, Jun 2022
Had a great time and loved the staff got to see many fish and mantis as well weather was great also thank you
star-5
Amazing!!!
Laura_C
, Jun 2022
Shanna and Kelly am were very nice, ask for them!!! They really cared about making sure we all had a good time!
star-5
Fantastic Honeymoon Activity!
Hannah_M
, Jun 2022
My husband and I came here for as a fun excursion on our honeymoon! We had a blast and it was so cool to see a manatee! My husband and I had a manatee come right under us and take a breath next to us!
star-5
Marissa our tour guy was...
Michele_B
, Jun 2022
Marissa our tour guy was absolutely the best, she made it enjoyable for the hole family. We saw so many manatee and they even came close to us multiple times. Thanks for the great experience.!!
star-5
Two thumbs up
Jennifer_J
, May 2022
Great guides, water was a little murky but the weather was phenomenal and so was the manatee interaction.
star-5
The two women operating...
George_W
, May 2022
The two women operating the boat was very helpful,knowledgeable and just nice!!! That made the experience great.. thank you so much for doing a great job
star-4
Great trip
Lindsay_M
, May 2022
We loved this experience. We went in May and is was risky as we knew the manatees normally go out to sea in the summer. Our guide and captain were great and knew there were some manatees that had stayed back. We swam with 4 manatees for approx 90 minutes. If I ever get to do this trip again I would definitely go in the winter months when there are more manatees. Wet suits were provided which were needed.
star-5
Worth the money!
Joseph_Z
, May 2022
The crew was great and upbeat, they made the day fun and took every step to make sure everyone had interactions with the Manatees!! We would highly recommend them, and we are going to go back for the Scallop dive!!
star-5
I am in AWE
Nicole_B
, May 2022
This was amazing! Marissa and Emerson were fantastic guides and our family had amazing day. My cheeks hurt from smiling so much. If in doubt, book it. It was an amazing day and I count myself so incredibly lucky to have had this experience.
star-5
Excellent!
Cecelia_W
, May 2022
Shelly and Sara were very wonderful and knowledgeable tour guides. They kept things interesting with random facts about the springs and local wildlife
star-5
A Fantastic Experience
Lawrence_H
, Apr 2022
We had a great tour led by Captain Mike and guided by Ryan. We swam in a spot where the manatees were active and followed a mother and her baby around the area. Mike and Ryan found fishing Dolphins and it was spectacular to see. Afterwards they took us to one of the big springs that feeds the bay with fresh water. Their knowledge and friendliness made it a perfect tour and a life time experience. Thanks Mike and Ryan.

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