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Encounter the endangered West Indian Manatee in Crystal River’s idyllic Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Your US Coast Guard licensed captains and guides will take you into the 600 acre spring fed refuge waters for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious, slow moving gentle giants. All equipment, fees and beverages are included.
  • Chance to swim with the manatees under the direct supervision of a guide
  • Learn about their biology and behavior, plus efforts to protect them
  • Get expertly fitted for a wet suit, mask, and snorkel
  • Guides take photos of you, so you can stay in the moment
  • Opt to purchase a CD of the high-resolution images
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group at the tour office, located in downtown Crystal River. Multiple times are available throughout the day; early morning tours offer the best times to swim with the manatees. Watch a video about the manatees and get an introduction to the rules of swimming safely around these endangered animals. Get fitted with a mask and wet suit to ensure the best possible conditions for your wildlife adventure. Slip into the water and float weightlessly near the large creatures, who are known to swim slowly and forage on the river's bottom for sea grass meals. While you swim, your guides will take photographs of you, both above and below the water, so you’ll have plenty of memories to share but can stay focused and in-the-moment. Back at the office, you can opt to purchase a CD of your high-resolution images.
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Departure Point
498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing 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
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

All the people running this place are friendly and customer oriented. They explained everything very well and set reasonable expectations. We saw 5 manatees, including a calf, but the side excersion into one of the spring areas was pretty spectacular. The full wet suit with...More

Thank ErnieO617
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tour was amazing!! We were able to swim next to the manatees even though it wasn't peak season. The guides made the activity even better. Not only they want to give a great experience to their guests, but they also care for the wellness...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank vveli003
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an amazing day with Riverventures, doing the manatee tour. Our guides- Emerson and JJ were engaging, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone in my group gave them a 10/10. And they took amazing photos :D

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Tamara G
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to swim with the manatees in September, which is not during peak manatee season, but we saw quite a few! The customer service was great! They set us up with wet suits and snorkels. They let you bring underwater cameras. It was about...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank lmmar1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great company to deal with. Enthusiastic guides. On time. Clean facilities and well organized. Great gift shop. Highly recommend this company.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Nicole1958
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Meghan M
16 September 2019|
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Response from rebecca g | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we spent @ 5 minutes getting to the manatees, your whole time is in the water, then after the swim, a 15 min cruise to another location. The waters are super calm, this is a 5 star tour,
12 July 2019|
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Response from michellefO680SH | Reviewed this property |
Ours was just about 3 hours exactly! They were very efficient with the instructional/wetsuit/shuttle process and maximizing our time on the water!
28 May 2019|
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Response from stephaniec005 | Reviewed this property |
The USB was so worth it!
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