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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Crystal River, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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Get to know central Florida’s endangered manatees on this boat tour. Swim and snorkel with these gentle giants at the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, located in King’s Bay in the town of Crystal River — well known as the home of the manatee. Photos above and below the water will be taken throughout the tour and can be purchased afterward, if desired. Use of a mask, snorkel gear and wet suit, plus fees and beverages are included.
  • See Florida wildlife in their natural environment
  • Take a cruise along the Crystal River, home of the manatee
  • Swim and snorkel with gentle manatees in their natural environment
  • Fun for the entire family
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Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
Beverages (bottled water, coffee and hot chocolate)
Professional guide
Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
Photo DVD (available to purchase)
Towel and swimsuit

Departure Point

498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in all sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY River Ventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
What is the maximum group size during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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, May 2021
We Saw so many Manatees, it was such a cool experience. The guides were great and did a good job. My son was 10 and loved it.
A must do!!
, May 2021
Fantastic!!! It was such a fun day. Swimming with the manatees is an amazing experience! Are tour guides Emerson and Dave were top notch! They new everything you needed to know to have a great day in the water with the manatees. Will defines be back! Thank you guys!!
Great experience, highly recommended
, May 2021
Our boat crew of Tricia & Wade were enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Even though they are out there every day several times a day, they seemed genuinely just as excited as us to be out there with the animals. They knew the different animals that were in the area and where is best to look for them so we spent very little time looking and lots of time watching Manatees.
, May 2021
This was an amazing experience! We almost didn’t schedule this with all the other things to do in Orlando. So glad we did. IT WAS A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE!!! Wade and Trish were great. Everyone was friendly from the moment you arrive! The actual swim was beyond words. Trish would guide and direct you to where you have the best views of the Manatee’s. They took some awesome pictures of us with the manatee’s. Thanks for the memories. We will be back again!
Didn't get to go
, May 2021
Trip was canceled by the company about 2 hours previous because the other couple canceled and they wouldn't take the boat out for one person, which l understand. They did offer to try and find me another company but l was not able to due to scheduling conflicts. Hopefully next time 😊
Cool experience
, May 2021
This was a great tour. The captain and our guide worked to make sure we saw manatees and had a good experience. They were both knowledgeable and very personable. I am glad I went and would recommend this to others who want to see the manatees up close. I had also considered a clear kayak tour (with a different group) and am glad I chose this instead. Some of the kayaks went by while we were in the water and I am sure they could not have had the view we were having. If I could change one thing, I would have opted for a later tour, since I was driving in from out of town. But that's on me.
Amazing experience!!!
, Apr 2021
This was an absolutely amazing experience! Staff was wonderful and very well educated. We were able to enjoy several sightings and to interact with a young energetic manatee that was very curious! I will definitely be coming back and visiting soon it was well worth it!
Life changing experience with the manatees
, Apr 2021
Excellent time full of great memories. Thanks to the awesome guides...Irish Mike who was in the water taking tons of pictures of us with the Captain Emerson spotting them from the boat and always close by! Me and my boys will never forget this!
, Apr 2021
The staff is great and very knowledgeable!! The experience doesn't take place in a protected reserve as we thought, but it was quite fun and enjoyable. We saw a momma and her baby, then a large adult that was quite friendly.
Close to nature!
, Apr 2021
Watching the young manatee nurse was a highlight of the trip as well as getting so close to their everyday living.

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