We went on this tour on Nov 12 2018 and I have to say it was very educational and fun. Captain John Stark and Phil were great and we got to see a couple of manatees, this was one of the best experience of our...More
On this quintessential Florida adventure, you'll observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Florida’s Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Cruise the Crystal River in a luxury pontoon boat that is fully enclosed and heated during winter (the best time to see the manatees). This small-group experience is designed to view the animals without disturbing them. Plus, if manatees are spotted, you'll slip on your fins and snorkel and swim alongside them.
Make your own way to a designated meeting point, where your Coast Guard Certified Master Captain will share the day’s itinerary and go over rules for snorkeling with the manatees. Slip on a wetsuit and board a covered pontoon boat (in the winter, it’s fully enclosed and heated).
As you slowly enter into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, keep an eye out for birds, fish, and other wildlife who call the area home. If manatees are spotted, you can slip into the water with them, staying at a respectful distance all the while.
The best time to see the manatees is in the winter when they cluster in the warmer upstream waters of the reserve. An underwater photographer snaps shots throughout the day, and you can purchase photos or DVDs of your experience once back at the Manatee Center.
We had the most amazing time at the Manatee tour today! Unfortunately our first booked kayaktour got canceled because there weren’t enough participants, but we got a free upgrade to the VIP tour which was even better. Our guide Heidi and Captain John S. were...More
We were so looking forward to this excursion. Tanner was at the helm and Heidi was our guide. Due to some inclement weather rolling in, the manatees were a bit difficult to spot, but Tanner was able to find a few for us and the...More
My daughter and I agree that we will be booking tours with River Ventures every time we come to Florida! This was our second tour with River Ventures and it was better than the first - which was pretty awesome! Captain Tanner and our guide,...More
What awesome compliments!! We can not thank you enough! Tom and Tanner are devoted to our visitors' experience....even if it means entertaining a young child! And it sounds like the perfect tour.....not many people get to visit both King and three sisters during one adventure;...More