While planning our holiday in the USA, swimming with Manatees was an asolute must do. From tripadvisor we contacted cpt Stacy and she was very honest with us about the probability to see manatees in June and left it to our own decision making. We thought even without Manatees a nice private trip on a boat is always welcome and so we made the arrangements, and she was more than helpful in all this.
The morning we came to the marina she was already there and waiting for us and it became clear very fast that she is an absolute expert on manatees and also an absolue expert in how to inform and entertain passengers. In the beginning you see a video about manatees and the rules and then off you go.
We met several manatees along the 3 hour trip and had wonderful encounters with them, watching them, touching them, it will be something that we will certainly see as a highlight of our vacation trips. All the time Stacy was very entertaining and friendly and at the same time making sure we kept the rules of interacting. We also did the spring itself, very clear with lots of fish inside and a very nice little forest around.
Additionally to the manatees we saw several birds, some turtles and otherwise we enjoyed the warm and nice day.
Manatees in Paradise sets itself apart from other operators as the boat is small and you can make the trip just as a couple which gives you much more time individually with the manatees and much more privacy around them. They are very active in conserving those animals and I am sure my money contributed much to the future wellbeing of those gentle giants.
Words can hardly describe it you gotta be there yourself. One last tip: In the end I swam without the vest, if you are familiar with swimming and can stand the temperature for some time it will leave you with much higher maneuvrability in the water.
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