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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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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
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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star-5
Wonderful experience
Sara_A
, Dec 2021
Faith and shelbie were excellent! They made sure we as a group were happy and gave us the option to choose where to spend our time. They were knowledgeable and friendly. We are glad we finally made the trip up to crystal river after living in tampa the last 2 years. It is 100% worth it and we will be back!
star-5
Manatee swim
susan_h
, Dec 2021
The whole experience was fantastic but sharing the water with the Manatees was amazing. Our guide JJ was so knowledgeable and helpful. And Captain Mike as well.
star-5
Amazing, gotta do it!
Bobbie_P
, Nov 2021
Capt. Wade and guide Trish were amazing. We saw a manatee grazing, a mom and a calf, various birds, various resident fish and a blue crab.
star-5
Very fun, definitely...
TARA_G
, Oct 2021
Very fun, definitely recommend this cool experience & our boat captain and tour guides were a great team!!
star-5
Great for kids!
Sarah_S
, Oct 2021
We had the best experience with Lindsay and Peter! We saw two manatees and lots of fish. Lindsay was so friendly and informative and both of my girls really loved the experience. It’s a must-do, bucket list item that’s great for kids!
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_C
, 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!

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