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VIP Manatee Swim Tour provided by Crystal River Watersports

VIP Manatee Swim Tour
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Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 13 Apr 2021
A note from VIP Manatee Swim Tour
While we have always maintained a sanitary work environment, we have increased our cleaning efforts to comply with DAN recommendations fully. Divers Alert Network (DAN
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 43175P3
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Local taxes • Driver/guide • Professional guide • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
Gratuities
Duration
30m
Departure details
Crystal River Watersports, 2380 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA Departure Point: Crystal River Watersports Marina and Dive Shop, North end of Crystal River, Behind the Days Inn Address: 2380 N Suncoast Blvd (NW US Highway 19) Crystal River, FL 34428
Inclusions
All taxes, fees and handling charges • Local taxes • Driver/guide • Professional guide • Use of Snorkelling equipment
Exclusions
Gratuities
Departure details
Crystal River Watersports, 2380 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA Departure Point: Crystal River Watersports Marina and Dive Shop, North end of Crystal River, Behind the Days Inn Address: 2380 N Suncoast Blvd (NW US Highway 19) Crystal River, FL 34428
Duration
30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wheelchair accessible
Wear bathing suits. Bring towels.
Most travellers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Crystal River Watersports
    2380 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA
    Departure Point: Crystal River Watersports Marina and Dive Shop, North end of Crystal River, Behind the Days Inn Address: 2380 N Suncoast Blvd (NW US Highway 19) Crystal River, FL 34428
    See address & details
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    Crystal River Watersports
    Stop: 30 minutes
    You start your journey at our marina dive shop before getting fitted with gear from your acresddited guide and beginning the boat ride. You'll receive basic information on safe and responsible eco tours.
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  • You'll end at
    Crystal River Watersports
    2380 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34428, USA
    Departure Point: Crystal River Watersports Marina and Dive Shop, North end of Crystal River, Behind the Days Inn Address: 2380 N Suncoast Blvd (NW US Highway 19) Crystal River, FL 34428
    See address & details
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Brass Vacay
1 contribution
Take this memorable Tour
Mar 2021 • Couples
Wow is the first thing that comes to mind. And then we go on the most amazing swim!! There was a hiccup with our original reservation, but this company went above and beyond amd made the whole experience more than we imagined. First the hiccup, then called in the best swimmer/spotter and the best captain. Yes, they called them in, so a delay in leaving the dock, but oh so worth the wait. The swimmer-Dakota, amd the Captain-Jim C, were the best and worked together to give us the best swim/tour.
When booking your adventure, request these two guys and tip them well!! They deserve it and will work for it!! This was our first adventure, Dakota took control of the tour and guided us to the right places for the most memorable experience! He worked with Capt. Jim C (there is another Capt. Jim, who we briefly talked too and was professional). Dakota and Capt. Jim C worked perfectly together to keep the animals safe, the environment clean, amd provide us with the most exciting adventure!!
We will be booking another adventure with them!!
Written 30 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much! We really appreciate you choosing us at Crystal River Watersports and for excusing our hiccup! We try hard to make everything go perfectly, but sometimes there is an oops. We appreciate your patience until we could get it right. All of our staff are terrific but you are right in saying that Jim C and Dakota are two of our best. Their knowledge is immense and they are always ready to share it with our guests. (Including some bad jokes too. Dakota, I am looking at you.) Thank you so much for your wonderful review and w very much look forward to seeing you again.
Written 30 April 2021
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Katie G
2 contributions
Awesome!
Mar 2021 • Family
Our guides were Dakota and Vince. They were amazing and so was the whole experience!! 100% worth it!
Written 24 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Than you so much! We are delighted that you enjoyed your VIP manatee tour with Crystal River Watersports and that you had a great time with Dakota and Vince. We appreciate your review, thank you!
Written 30 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

davegeiz97
2 contributions
Amazing tour!
Mar 2021 • Couples
We went on a manatee tour with Captain Robert and Tour Guide Mike. Both were amazing. Extremely informative and nice. Manatees are so cool. Would highly recommend to all
Written 21 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your wonderful review and for choosing us at Crystal River Watersports for your tour. We appreciate it very much.
Written 30 April 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jami R
1 contribution
Manatee memories
Mar 2021 • Family
Vince & Adrienne were a fantastic crew! They were very patient with our 3, 6, & 9 year old kids. Both were informative & worked hard to make our experience memorable! Will ask for them on our next trip!
Written 20 March 2021
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Thank you so much for your very kind review, and for choosing us for your tour. A manatee tour is a great family activity,. safe for all ages. We have had children as young as 2, and adults in the their 80s enjoy the snorkeling tour. Even family members who don't want to get in the water also have a great time as they can see all of the wonderful birds an animals without getting wet. Crystal River Watersports appreciates your business and your kindness in writing such a wonderful review for us.
Written 10 April 2021
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Cassie J
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Good day
Mar 2021 • Family
We had a good tour of the springs. This is a really beautiful area with wildlife and clear water. We saw manatee from the boat and our crew was great. I will say it was a bit crowded with all types of boats, paddlers etc, all enjoying a beautiful day.
Written 14 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your tour and time with the manatees.
Written 15 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Mark and Lenore Jaquin
4 contributions
The BEST
Feb 2021
Vince and Yvette were terrific! The VIP was great you don't have crowds of people on the boat and much more intimate experience. We had a TON of activity on our tour and love they respect the rules to protect these lovely creatures. This is a must-do!
Written 22 February 2021
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Thank you so much Mark and Lenore! We are delighted that your enjoyed your trip with Vince and Yvette. The VIP trips are a great way to have a small group experience, and when it is cold- the boat coats, and hand warmers make it a cozy experience. Our shop, Crystal River Watersports is one of only two companies in the area who have been accepted into the Save the Manatee Club's Guardian Guides program, and we are very proud of that. It means that we are committed to protecting the manatees and we find that it provides the best experience for both the manatees and our guests. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, we very much appreciate it.
Written 6 March 2021
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Chelsea_and_Husband
1 contribution
Manatees and clear water
Feb 2021 • Couples
My husband and I visited Crystal river just to see the manatees and we weren't disappointed. We saw a mom and baby and couple of others swimming alone. We got to swim with the manatees with no other people. We also got to swim in the clear blue springs. I would highly recommend the tour :)
Written 15 February 2021
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Hi Chelsea, Thank you so much for the wonderful review! We are so glad that you choose our shop, Crystal River Watersports for your tour. You chose the optimum time to snorkel with the manatees, when it is cold! The manatees tend to congregate in the clear spring water at that time, because they are the warmest spots in Kings Bay. Although it also tends to be the time of year when we have the most visitors- you lucked out and we could find a private spot for you. We very much appreciate your business and your review.
Written 6 March 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

pat l
Gainesville, GA942 contributions
Manatee Magic!
Feb 2021
This is a top-notch organization with really fabulous people. My daughter and I were beyond impressed. We booked the VIP manatee swim because of the photos and small boat size compared to other companies we read about. We were there for our tour and a HUGE thunderstorm came up that made them need to cancel. While they offered a refund, we REALLY wanted to do this so we asked if there was a chance to get us on a trip the next day. John at the desk assured us it was no problem and told us to be back the next day.

So this morning Captain Jim took us on a boat and Dakota was in the water with us. We had to hunt, but they were persistent and found a manatee. Then they made sure that each of us (there were 4 of us on the boat) got a chance to see the manatee and her baby while following all the rules that protect these creatures.

It was amazing.

Jim and Dakota shared lots of information about the area, animals, and manatees specifically. They offered hot chocolate and muffins with our VIP tour as well as a big warm coat and the pictures of our trip on an adorable manatee shaped USB drive. All the gear we used and saw others use was in good shape.

I wasn't super excited and took this trip for my daughter, but now I want to go back again :)

If you are concerned about COVID, don't be. Go ahead and do this. Everyone wore masks in the little shop and everyone was respectful of everyone's comfort level as we boated. Plus, there were only 6 people on the whole boat, including the crew.
Written 14 February 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for your awesome review! We truly appreciate it. We rarely have to cancel due to weather, but Thunderstorms and high winds do cause the occasional problem. We are so delighted that you were able to reschedule and that you enjoyed the trip. I do warn people that the one "problem" with a bucket list manatee tour- is that the manatees are addictive! Many people who come one time, fall in love with our beautiful, gentle giants and have to come back to see them again. There is something magical about them, and looking into their beautiful, wise eyes. At Crystal River Watersports we offer all small tours, most have a maximum of 6 people, with one boat being able to carry a maximum of 10 for larger groups. (Bigger groups than 10 are accommodated on 2 or more boats.) With Covid- we offer both semi-private and private boats to make it a good experience for our guests, depending on their needs. Thank you so much for choosing us, and for writing us such a wonderful review- it is greatly appreciated.
Written 6 March 2021
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Laurie F
15 contributions
Manatee Swim - Breathtaking
Jan 2021
We enjoyed conversing with Captain John and our tour guide Mike. They were very knowledgeable of the area and answered the many questions we had! We enjoyed the scenery and the quips about the area, and local marine life from birds, to fish, to the manatee. We found them resting in a spring and were able to get up close and personal with them without disturbing them.
Written 20 January 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for the lovely review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your tour. The manatees are so amazing, and we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area with all of it's natural wonders. We very much appreciate you choosing Crystal River Watersports for your tour, and for you taking the time to write a review for us.
Written 27 January 2021
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Jillian M
Cape Coral, FL3 contributions
Best day of 2020
Jul 2020 • Family
Booked a 6 person private manatee tour. Glen and Dakota were our guides. They were super friendly and incredibly knowledgeable. I appreciated that they wanted us to have the best time possible but were also really respectful of the manatees. The manatees are so friendly all you have to do it float and they will come right up to you. My kids are 7 and 14 and had such a fantastic time. Dakota went above and beyond to make sure my 7 year old was comfortable, just the size of the manatees can be intimidating but he constantly reassured her that they were gentle and so she was able to relax. 2020 has been a rough year and this was hands down the best day we have had thus far. My heart if full. Thank you Dakota and Glen you are so appreciated and are doing an amazing job! We’ll be back!!! (Also you guys have the best jobs ever, we’re jealous you get to do this every day!)
Written 27 July 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Thank you so much for choosing Crystal River Watersports for your tour, and for writing us such an amazing review. As you can tell, our captains and guides, love their jobs. When we temporarily shut down, they were having Manatee withdrawal symptoms! We are so delighted that our tour and the amazing manatees were able to give you some fun and a bright spot in a difficult year. More people than I can say have told us that manatees are "magical" because just being near them gives you such a feeling of wonder, awe and peace. I hope the memories of your tour help brighten you days for the rest of the year. Thank you again!
Written 29 July 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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melisal778
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MUST DO!
What an experience! My husband and I highly recommend this excursion! Vince and Wendy were great Tour guide as was
danjane01
danjane01
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Manatee Tour
Had the best time with Dakota and John. Thanks also to Mike and the other gentlemen in the shop. They took the time
mazatlanbound
mazatlanbound
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Manatees, a dolphin and so much fun!
Life long dream completed. Even tho it is not high season for the manatees to be in abundance tour guide Dakota and
F305CXannaa
F305CXannaa
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Highly Recommend
I came with my boyfriend and my son. My son was not having it and didn’t want to go in the water. The captain was k
giannap643
giannap643
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Awesome!!
This place is awesome!! Me boyfriend and I went here during our vacation and we couldn’t have asked for a better ex
laurinep861
laurinep861
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Fun tour!! Must do!
Great tour. Tour guide was very informative, funny, entertaining and made the experience rememberable. We got to
CaptAndrewHarrison
CaptAndrewHarrison
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Exactly what we wanted
Dakota and Jim were amazing, you could tell immediately that really cared about the animals first and have the pass
nicolebc22
nicolebc22
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Perfect Trip!
This has been on my adventure wishlist for a while now and Jim/Dakota did not disappoint! It was an intimate crowd
allycamp
allycamp
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A great time diving with Crystal River Watersports!
I had a great time with Crystal River Watersports. I went on a Sunday as a solo snorkeler/diver. They helped me set
193gittec
193gittec
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Sailing on the Crystal River. Finding the very cute Manatees and swimming with them
Perfect perfect perfect Wonderful trip with wonderful people, Wendy and Jim. They took very good care of us. Highly
sammjoe92
sammjoe92
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Manatee tour
We had a fantastic experience with kristie and Wendy on our tour! They were funny and had lots of information to sh
mariebH8994LH
mariebH8994LH
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Family fun!
Very informative hosts and crew. Knowledgeable about the area, habitat and rescues of sick manatees. Great experi
donaldcD287NC
donaldcD287NC
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Great time swimming with the Manatees
Saw and swam with many Manatees in the Crystal River/King's Bay. Watersports furnished us with wet suits, mask and
West00wood7
West00wood7
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Amazing Experience!!
I took my wife and two sons on a manatee swim and it was an amazing experience!! The staff was extremely friendly a
Travelbugalltheway
Travelbugalltheway
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Such a blast!!!
I had so much fun!!! Our captain, Robert, and guide, Wendy, were great! We were able to see lots of wildlife along