We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Manatee Tour plus Snorkeling

Highlights
  • Guided tour to Kings Bay on Crystal River for a chance to snorkel with manatees
  • Pontoon boat is stocked with life jackets and swim noodles
  • Wetsuits, snorkel gear, and instruction is included
More
Manatee Tour plus Snorkeling
From US$55.00
Check Availability
  • Overview
  • What to Expect
  • Important Information
  • Reviews
  • Q&A
Select Date and Travellers
Manatee Swim Tour at 1pmMost Popular
Our specialization! Join us for a two hour guided snorkeling tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River. Tour guide, Captain, and all gear is included.
From US$55.00
Manatee Swim Tour at 10am
Our specialization! Join us for a two hour guided snorkeling tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River. Tour guide, Captain, and all gear is included.
From US$55.00
Manatee Swim Tour at 8am
Our specialization! Join us for a two hour guided snorkeling tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River. Tour guide, Captain, and all gear is included.
From US$55.00
Overview
You may want to snorkel with a herd of gentle manatee but don't know where to find them. Join this small-group guided tour to Crystal River's Kings Bay for a chance to learn about wild manatees and possibly snorkel in their midst. A USCG Master Captain and certified guide/photographer lead this voyage in a covered pontoon boat. Snorkel gear, a wetsuit, and instruction is provided. Even beginners are welcome to join the group.
What to Expect
Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your tour time to ensure a timely departure. Children are not exempt from participating, but parental discretion is advised.

Our front desk staff will issue you a wet suit and direct you to an area to try it on. Your wet suit is worn over your swim clothes, and works best if it fits skin tight. Snorkel gear will be provided on the boat. You're welcome to bring drinks, snacks and personal gear with you. Anything you bring on the boat may get wet. We do not allow use of swim fins or flippers on manatee snorkel tours.

Once everyone has arrived and donned their wet suits, passengers will be called inside the shop for a short orientation. This includes a briefing provided by the crew and a short, required video supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).

Emergency life jackets are always on the boat, and swim "noodles" are long flotation devices supplied to each swimmer during the tour. We realize snorkeling is a new experience to many and we are used to working with snorkelers of any skill level. If desired, snorkelers can be supplied with a life jacket before departure. All children under 6 years of age will be provided a mandatory life jacket for the duration of the tour.

Once everyone is aboard, the certified captain will go over required safety information and formal introductions. Every boat will have an in-water swim guide and photographer equipped with a high resolution waterproof camera. Pictures are sold as a no-obligation package at the end of the tour. All guests are welcome to view the images before purchasing. 

The guide will address snorkeling techniques, hand out equipment, and discuss procedure and proper behavior. Once the boat has arrived and anchored at its location, swimmers will be instructed to finish donning their equipment and proceed into the water. Once everyone is comfortable and quiet, they will begin looking for and/or viewing manatee. Follow your guide's directions for the best experience!
After the swim, snorkelers will return to the boat. Some days, snorkelers may be required to get on and off the boat many different times. Our captains and guides will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. Research and realistic expectations are a huge contribution to the quality of your tour!

Our goal is to provide our guests with a memorable experience and spread a message of conservation. We promote passive observation and use an educational approach inline with local regulations and expectations. Swimming with the Florida manatee is a wonderful privilege that we take very seriously, if you are looking for a company that will take good care of you AND the manatees - you're in the right place!
Show More
Reviews (52)
1 - 5 of 46 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago
Awesome Once In a Lifetime Experience

We did the manatee tour plus snorkeling. It was an amazing experience. The captain Bill was very insightful and friendly and our swim guide Missy was very helpful. This was the highlight of our 6 days in Florida. Money well spent.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GlobeTrotting528205
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Bucket List Check off

This was a bucket list experience. The captain Kate and her crew member, Hunter were an absolute delight! The whole team were super knowledgeable and helpful. I will definately book again with this tour. Clean safe boats, and meeting area was great. We got to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Dawn L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Great experience!

Great time. We were really swimming just a few feet away from manatees. And our boat Captain made our day with a trip full of jokes and laugh. Very friendly and professional team!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mihails83
Reviewed 2 November 2018
UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH 3 "MANATEES"!!!!

Recently, I & two lady friends, participated in an experience we've been wanting to do for years!!! We were part of a 10 am tour, with only 5 other participants...2 of us snorkeled (one observed from the boat) for an hour with 2 adults &...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank redfaine701
Reviewed 21 October 2018
Amazing adventure!

Fantastic adventure for my grandkids 9th Birthday. Mark and Shelly did an amazing job locating manatees and making sure we all had a fantastic experience. I admitted that I was not a strong swimmer and a little apprehensive about getting in the water, Mark spent...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Cms2716
View more reviews
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
erikatucker69
3 December 2018|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from 854courtneyp | Reviewed this property |
They will provide a pool noodle and flippers. You kinda just float on the top not much swimming!
0
Votes
1CHELSEAFC
3 July 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Marianne X | Reviewed this property |
I believe it’s the same price because it’s a seat on the boat but you should call them if possible to ask.
1
Vote
Qtcourtney
13 June 2018|
Answer
Response from Akriese2001 | Reviewed this property |
I believe about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. We went to the morning tour (10:00 am) in March and finished in time for a late lunch. Arrive early to allow for getting on wet suits and watching the regulation video. The trip is well... More
0
Votes
Swim with Manatee Adventure!
192 Reviews
from US$63.60*
Small Group Swim with Manatee...
96 Reviews
from US$89.04*
Premium Houseboat Manatee Swim in...
23 Reviews
from US$89.04*
Private Tour: Custom Snorkeling Tour...
7 Reviews
from US$450.00*
Crystal River Manatee Swim
248 Reviews
from US$67.84*
Special Offer
Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling Tour
87 Reviews
from US$60.00*
US$72.80
Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour
78 Reviews
from US$94.00*
Crystal River Manatee Swim from...
2 Reviews
from US$109.00*
Kings Bay Scenic Cruise
6 Reviews
from US$15.90*
Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour
25 Reviews
from US$68.90*
Sunset River Cruise
2 Reviews
from US$21.20*