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Captain Mike's Swimming with the Manatees

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1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-571-1888
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We had a great time

Capt Tom and "mermaid Jessica" were great. We had 2 non swimmers in our group of 4 and they were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Darryl A
Prince Rupert, Canada
via mobile
A number one trip

This was a great experience. The staff are super friendly and make you feel welcome and excited... read more

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Swimming With The Manatees is an ecotourism guide service located in Crystal River, Florida. We offer the finest in Manatee Swim Tours. You will be thrilled by the glory of Florida nature at its finest. The Nature Coast is a birdwatcher’s and aquatic paradise.
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  • Very good11%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible9%
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“private tour” (63 reviews)
“platinum tour” (10 reviews)
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Hours Today: 06:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1610 SE Paradise Cir, Crystal River, FL 34429-4621
+1 352-571-1888

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Capt Tom and "mermaid Jessica" were great. We had 2 non swimmers in our group of 4 and they were super helpful. The manatees were hiding a bit so they brought us to a second spot to make sure everyone seen one. Our guides made...More

Thank Darryl A
Reviewed yesterday

This was a great experience. The staff are super friendly and make you feel welcome and excited. Captain Michael was great!!! We saw a lot of manatees. It was an unique time and trip! Thank´s a lot!

Thank alto1518
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The tour was great and getting up close and personal with the manatees was an amazing experience. Captain Michael enhanced the tour with his humor and knowledge of the flora and fauna. Highly recommend ! Thank you E. Lay

Thank ccmom7781
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a great experience. The staff are super friendly, experienced and make you feel welcome and excited. They also make safety a priority (which is awesome). We kayaked (I didn't want to wear a wet suit :-). It takes about 30 minutes to kayak...More

Thank JMomma2015
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We booked a trip out as a large group, 4 adults, 3 teens and 3 younger kids. Our captain Michael was great. Funny, and gave loads of great information about the manatees and the surrounding area. Though we only saw two manatees from the boat,...More

Thank Amber C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Before we got off the boat, we literally had 2 manatees at the front of the boat. They stayed and allowed us to watch them face to face as they tried to chew on the anchor lines for the boat. Another swam right below me,...More

Thank mandotraveler
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Just a shout out from the only 2 people not in wet suits looking for manatees on an 83* day ! However, Captain Tom made the trip informative and definitely entertaining along with First Mate Mike who did help the others find a momma /...More

Thank SheilaWhited
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I enjoyed swimming with the Manatees while at Crystal River with Captain Mike's company. Captain Michael was our guide and he was amazing! He explained the process extremely well and let us know what to expect. We made memories that will last...More

Thank Carrie S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They provide mask, snorkel as well as the wetsuit in their price. We went at 11am. I would recommend going earlier as the water would have better visibility. We have heard from several people that December and January are better months to see the manatees...More

Thank Byron N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very happy to choose Captain Mike's because you will be very cold upon exiting the water in January or Feb. Captain Mike's has an enclosed boat with a heater and I could not imagine being on one of the other boats that we...More

Thank Justin S
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Shawna B
10 February 2018|
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Response from GLEstrada | Reviewed this property |
Winter is best when the gulf temp drops. Go on January or February.
Alison A
16 February 2017|
Response from SwimmingManatees | Property representative |
We have a 3 hour Gold tour that is semi-private, and a 5 hour Platinum that is semi-private. Both are adequate in-water time, however on days where manatees can be difficult to find the 5 hour affords you the opportunity to... More
Alison A
16 February 2017|
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Response from Mary Ellen C | Reviewed this property |
We were in the water for about 1.5 hr. It was not sunny January day but in the mid 60s when we got there for our at 9am reservation. Once we got in the water, we were warm for most of that time. Everyone is given a noodle... More