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Crystal River Manatee Swim

  • Chance to swim with the manatees under the direct supervision of a guide
  • Learn about their biology and behavior, plus efforts to protect them
  • Get expertly fitted for a wet suit, mask, and snorkel
Crystal River Manatee Swim
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9:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
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10:15am departure; includes use of snorkel gear, wet suit, beverages and guide
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Get in the water with Florida's endangered manatees on this snorkeling tour to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, with several time options to suit your schedule. With your guide's careful supervision, you'll safely swim and snorkel around these slow-moving giants and learn about their biology and behavior, as well as the conservation efforts that protect them. Pack light, as your wet suit, snorkel gear, and mask are provided.

What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at the tour office, located in downtown Crystal River. Multiple times are available throughout the day; early morning tours offer the best times to swim with the manatees.

Watch a video about the manatees and get an introduction to the rules of swimming safely around these endangered animals. Get fitted with a mask and wet suit to ensure the best possible conditions for your wildlife adventure.

Slip into the water and float weightlessly near the large creatures, who are known to swim slowly and forage on the river's bottom for sea grass meals. While you swim, your guides will take photographs of you, both above and below the water, so you’ll have plenty of memories to share but can stay focused and in-the-moment.

Back at the office, you can opt to purchase a CD of your high-resolution images.
Reviews (236)
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Reviewed today

Had the most LIFE CHANGING time during our manatee swim. Was nervous at first having never snorkeled before and being a weak swimmer but quickly learned thanks to our AMAZING captains. The staff are extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Make sure to request EMERSON and...More

Thank Camper58779493952
Reviewed 2 days ago
AWESOME experience!!

Our crew was informed, knowledgeable & friendly, had a great time! LOVED being near the manatees! Highly recommend River Ventures.

Thank Gayle A
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile
Manatee swim

Wade,JJ, and Jose were awesome and we had a fun adventure swimming with the manatees and snorkeling in the springs! My adult children and my friend made awesome memories here. We will be back next year! Thank you! Aragon group Fernandina Beach and Gainesville FL

Thank angelaaragon
Reviewed 4 days ago
A Truly Humbling Experience

We were very lucky to walk in and book four spaces on the tour for that day (if this is on you list of things to do then please book in advance as we could have so easily been very disappointed). It's been on my...More

Thank Seaside30075665049
Reviewed 4 days ago
2nd time...even better

I booked with River Ventures again...just went on November 11th. Capt Phil and tour guide Gavin were in charge. They were very professional, knowledgeable, and pretty jovial for 6:15am! They got our group in the water with manatees in no time. This was my second...More

Thank Erik L
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Response from BradleyTNYC | Reviewed this property |
My boat was the covered / heated boat and it was me, three other guests, the captain, and of course our guide. I think a few more people could have fit in the boat. But you spend most of your time in the water anyway. Hope... More
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2 May 2018|
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Response from Paige C | Reviewed this property |
I would say 3 hours. We were in the water for about 2 hours, but most of the people in our group got out of the water before then. One couple had children so they got out early and another couple got out early because the... More