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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Crystal River, United States

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

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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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

Departure Point

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

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.

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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.
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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Want to do it again!!
Ursula_v
, Dec 2020
Captain Ross is a rock star on manatees. He is informative, interesting and just plain awesome fellow. He can drive my boat anytime. Thanks Captain Ross!! As for our in water guide Matt, pulled my choking head out of the water after gasping at the sight of the first manatee. Very safe and memorable experience!! Also delicious recommendation for lunch, “THE FREEZER “
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Amazing Experience - Worth every dollar
Lorelei_H
, Sep 2020
Captaincies Wade and Trish are fantastic. This is a beautiful tour and both Wade and Trish are very nice and knowledgable. They make you feel very comfortable. I struggled with the snorkel at the beginning and Wade was super understanding and helped me get comfortable. The experience is magical and humbling.
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Great Experience
justin_s
, Jul 2020
Great experience, great staff, great instructions, great everything. Love what they do and it shows!
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Special experience
Tinker_M
, Jun 2020
We went out with Tricia and wade and had an AMAZING experience. Even though it was the afternoon and the summer we saw many manatees, Tricia is a manatee whisperer and calls them from the deep. It was a calm and respectful experience, and of course made especially fun playing with a calf who was particularly adorable. Tricia and wade make you feel very comfortable and I would do this again in a heartbeat!
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Wonderful experience!
Lindsay_B
, Jun 2020
Captain Wade and Trish were really nice, knowledgeable, and cared a lot about their job and us. We had a fabulous swim with the manatees with them as our guides.
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Special Day
Jeff_B
, Jun 2020
Our family had a wonderful day with Captain Wade and our guide Trish. They were very knowledgeable about manatees and really made our time in the water unique. We love all the photos also!
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D Day experience
Lee
, Jun 2020
Worth every penny. Gift shop was typical- expensive items. But the experience was second to none. Professional, experienced and awesome crew. Facilities were clean and adequete. Boat was one of the more higher quality vessels on the water.
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3 hour family tour
Holly
, Mar 2020
I was a little concerned that the water would be too chilly, but the cooler weather brought out a lot of sea cows! I liked that we were taken to 2 different parts of the bay to enjoy both the active and resting manatees. We had a great time! Trisha and Wade were awesome! Very knowledgeable and conservation was a priority.
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Amazing
Inaleigh
, Mar 2020
Amazing experience, luckily we booked on a cold morning so there were many manatee present. Our guide, Dylan was great making sure we all had a wonderful time enjoying these beautiful creatures.
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Great experience
Jennifer_S
, Mar 2020
Wonderful tour! I was worried it was going to be too cold the weekend we went as the lows were 30s and the high was 60. It turned out to be perfect because thats when the manatees stay around the warm springs. The wet suit kept me warm the entire time and I didn't get cold until we got back in the boat. We saw many manatees, I had the opportunity to touch one, I had several swim under me and around me, and many people on our tour got lengthy attention from the manatees especially from the babies. The water was clear and beautiful, snorkeling was easier then I imagined, we had a great and friendly tour guide- JayJay, who took great pics and knowledgable captain.
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Product code: 7336P2

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