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Swim with Manatees Adventure provided by Plantation Adventure Center

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 17/06/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Come nose-to-nose with Florida manatees during this Crystal River snorkeling tour. Get outfitted with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel and receive an educational orientation before jumping in with the giant sea creatures. In addition, the in-water guide captures videos and photos, which are available for purchase. For maximum manatee sightings, book in the winter months.
Highlights
  • Crystal River is home to a large endangered manatee population in winter
  • Wetsuits, hot chocolate are included in the manatee adventure
  • The in-water guide takes videos and photos that are available for purchase
  • The on-site docks feature a heated changing facility with showers
What to Expect
Make your way to the Plantation on Crystal River. First, get a brief education about interacting with manatees, an important step as the federal government stipulates "passive observation" between manatees and people in Kings Bay. Then, get suited up with a wetsuit, mask, and snorkel to explore the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs. Although manatees inhabit the area’s water year-round, more of them migrate to the warm springs during the winter months, starting in mid-November, when Florida water temperatures drop. In winter, the tour boats are fully enclosed to protect passengers from the cold elements. Plus, coffee, hot chocolate, water, and dry towels are provided. As is the case with any animal- and water-related experiences, the amount of manatee interaction is dependent on weather, tides, time of the day, and the behavior of the other swimmers. The tour ends at the starting point.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Plantation Adventure Center and Manatee Tours, 9301 W Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Duration
3h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Coffee and/or Tea, Hot chocolate, bottle water
  • Towel Service
  • US Coast Guard certified captain and Professionally Insured in water guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • DVD or Flash Drive (available to purchase)
  • Swimsuits
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits available in children's size 6 up to 3XL
  • Use of full 5mm wetsuits (for extra warmth), mask and snorkel
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Kindra S wrote a review 19 Jan
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My husband and I went with Captain Loopy and Mermaid Jessica and had an amazing time! They were informative and entertaining and we had a very memorable experience seeing the manatees! Would love to go again and highly recommend this experience!
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Mlr1422 wrote a review 19 Jan
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Can’t say enough great things about this adventure! Captain Mark and Captain John went above and beyond to make our tour amazing! I was not looking forward to this tour because I hate being cold but the 5mm wetsuits they provided kept me super comfortable in the spring water and
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Wanderlustever008 wrote a review 18 Jan
chicago, il26 contributions10 helpful votes
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Swimming with manatees was on my bucket list and I heard this was the place to do it. OMG!! I’m still in a state of euphoria. This experience was because of the good hands of Capt Mark and Captain Ed. They were both soo caring and knowledgeable. Ed I would say is the manatee
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James Johnson wrote a review 17 Jan
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John was our guide and Memphis our Captain. This was the best tour. John got us in the best places and was very knowledgeable. Memphis also told the riders info on the manatees. When it was time to return, we were provided coffee or hot chocolate and towels.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Anna C wrote a review 17 Jan
Destin, Florida9 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a blast with Capt Loupy & Jessica today! Worth it! They were great guides & would 100% go again. We saw manatees, snook & other fish. The spring was Beautiful. Thank you guys for making this a great adventure, we will definitely be back!
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About the operator

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Ann R
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Funny, relaxing, and we saw Manatee!
The couple who did the tour were funny, enjoyed their time with people. Full of information. and found the Manatee
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lynnrU7494GR
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Great tour
It was a very informative tour. Our boat captains were fun and were a great team. Would highly recommend.
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dclapp1
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5 Star Adventure
Semi private snorkel with Manatees was everything we wanted and more. Excellent adventure all around. Don’t hesit
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Ahaynes3232
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Don’t miss this opportunity
Captain Mike and Laura were amazing! Myself and my 2 sons had an phenomenal time swimming with the Manatee’s. Truly
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brandydogg
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Put this on your bucket list!
Amazing experience. We did the 630a.m. semi private swim which ended up being private because no one else booked th
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jasonbM7757BF
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Manatees
Excellent crew, guides and captains were awesome. Everything was very well organized, easy check in and top notc
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Warmiljan
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Fun scenic tour
Great tour. Educational and entertaining narration. Had this experience on 1/17/21 @ 2:30 with Rebecca and captain
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849tessam
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Must Do!
We visited Plantation Adventure Center with our 4 kids for an early morning manatee swim. Captain Mike & Courtney
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Meaj99
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incredible once in a life time opportunity
From start to finish a professional fun experience. Capt Lupe and mermaid Jessica were awesome providing informatio
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millians61
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Experience of lifetime !
John amd Memphis are wonderful John was so patient and kind during the snorkeling trip he was a hands on guide and
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TanAdventure
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Request Capt. Loopy and Mermaid Jessica (they're the best!)
We had an amazing adventure peacefully swimming with manatees! Capt. Loopy and his mermaid Jessica taught us so muc
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Bravotraveler
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Small Group Swim with Manatee Adventure
Captains John and Dustin were fantastic!! We had a short boat ride to where the Manatees were during our mid Janu
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Thatguyoverthere2319
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Absolutely Incredible!!!
Swimming with the manatees is an absolute blast!!! They were incredibly friendly and loved to munch on our long hai
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DayTrip790843
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Best Birthday Present Ever
Swimming with the manatees is one of the top shelf life events and the Plantation on Crystal River Adventure Center
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Suzanne P
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Manatee tour
Wonderful tour. This was a private tour with 7 people. The wetsuits were extra thick and well maintained, snorkel
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Key Details
  • Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, Plantation Adventure Center
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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