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You will arrive and be provided with in-water gear.  Included are your wet suit, mask, snorkel and a flotation device.  Once you arrive and get fitted, you will receive an educational briefing on manatees and how to be in their area.  You will board your small group vessel (6-10) and leave right from our marina location. Your USCG Licensed Captain and in-water guide will narrate the trip, point out birds and critters and of course be in the water with you.  Once you are done swimming, there will be hot cocoa or water on-board for you.

You will be encouraged to behave as a manatee in the water. Slow, Calm and quiet.  Floating and allowing the manatee to choose how he wants to be. They are wild animals and we are entering their space. Passive Observation is best.
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Crystal River Watersports
Overview
Your Deluxe Manatee Swim Tour provides a unique opportunity to view Florida's Nature Coast.  Your tour will take you past a state Archaeological Park, a State Nature Preserve and to a National Wildlife Refuge. You may view up to 57 varieties of birds, river otters, deer, pigs dolphins, a variety of fish and turtles besides the opportunity to swim in the area of the gentle giants manatees.
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Swimming with gentle giants

We had a lovely trip for the family, hosted by Captain Bob and Dakota. We swam with a mother and her pup and the crew were very respectful of these lovely animals. We were taken to a sink hole - but sadly too deep for...More

Thank Melissa H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Swimming with manatees

We had booked a tour for swimming with manatees. The tour and the guides exceeded our expectation. We went swimming with the manatees up close and afterwards in the crystal clear part of the river. Both parents and teens loved it.More

Thank Kamilla M
SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for choosing Crystal River Watersports for your tour, and for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. Our staff works hard to try and make sure that every trip is special, and that our guests have a good time. We appreciate...More

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Very fun experience!

We took our children, ages 11 and 8, who had never snorkeled before. When we arrived at 7:30 am they were having a terrible storm, so I was worried our tour would be canceled. But after a little delay, we were able to get going....More

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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the kind and positive review. We are so happy that you and your family enjoyed your manatee experience, and that the storm didn't scare you away. The boat ride between the Crystal River Preserve and the Archaeological Park is always...More

Reviewed 20 June 2018
Great times! Highly recommend!!

They were VERY patient and accommodating with my 75 year old Mother who was trying to snorkel for the first time. She couldn't do it and they helped her back to the boat and ultimately placed the boat right next to a Mom and Calf...More

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SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2018

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so happy that you and your Mother had a good time and got to see a mom and calf up close. Not everyone likes to go into the water, and you can get great views...More

Reviewed 5 May 2018
Snorkeling with sea potatoes

I went out with a group of 8 on the 7:30am tour and we saw 3 manatees. One of which was a baby that let us hang out with him while he had a big seagrass dinner. Our captain and guide, Don were super nice...More

Thank Noelleshibby
SANDRA E, Public Relations Manager at Crystal River Watersports, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review for us, we really appreciate it. Had to laugh at the "sea potatoes" description- it is pretty appropriate for some of our wonderful sea cows. I am delighted that you had a good...More

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AlexFromCornwall
19 May 2018|
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Response from kristinnmacaulay2017 |
Hi There, you will boat past the park; however, i would suggest packing a lunch and planning on exploring and hiking in the archaeological park after your boat tour. You will get a much more intimate view. It only costs $2... More
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AlexFromCornwall
19 May 2018|
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Response from mum2divers | Property representative |
Alex, you can see one of the mounds from the boat, but can visit the park to see all the mounds, and the museum. Please be aware that the museum is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, so if you want to see those exhibits... More
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ALHDZD
6 May 2018|
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Response from dmireault54 | Reviewed this property |
No, but we were able to take pics with our cell phones using a clear, double sealed, waterproof pouch while actually under the water. The pics came out great!!
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