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    What to Expect
    It's called Crystal River for a reason, you will have the chance to swim and snorkel in the warm spring fed waters where many West Indian Manatees call home.

    Located just 1.5 hours West of Orlando, you'll meet your guide who will take you into the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge which is known as the best locations for viewing and snorkeling with these friendly, curious and slow moving and gentle giants.

    After checking in at the tour center you will watch a brief video about the manatees, go over the rules of swimming and how to interact in a manner that is fun for both you and the manatees. You are then fitted for a wetsuit to prepare you for your snorkeling adventure. Your guides will photograph the highlights of your entire manatee swim tour from start to finish, both above and below the water. Upon returning to the tour center, a high-resolution picture CD containing images from your manatee tour will be available for you to purchase if desired.

    Please note: early morning departures are the best time to swim with the manatees. For a speedier check-in process it is advised that you have your swimsuits on under your clothes. Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Private tour
    • Professional guide
    • All gear included
    • Bottled Water provided
    • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish
    • Gratuities
    • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
    • DVD (available to purchase)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Price reflects 1 to 10 people
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • 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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    We were a party of seven ranging in ages from 1.5 y/o to 70 and all of us had one of the top experiences in all of our three weeks US tour. We were lucky to be assigned to the skippers Tom and Gavin. Tom was handling the boat and Gavin was in the water with us helping us to
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    We booked the Semi private VIP tour for 4 hrs we had JJ and Tony as our guide and captain who are amazing, We were lucky enough to have them all to ourselves. We seen many manatees including a baby and where lucky enough to be approached and touch the manatee. Great day with
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    Response from RiverVentures, Manager at Private Manatee Tour
    Responded 2 weeks ago
    Thank you so much for visiting with us, we do LOVE our guests from the UK!! JJ and Stark are two of the most professional on the water, but they always make it fun! Between Stark's strange humor and JJ's knowledge....it's tough not to have a great time with those two! Thank you for spreading the love, we want the world to know how cool this adventure is!! Please come see us again, until then, Cheers and tons of manatee love!
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    We had a great experience! We booked on short notice and they were able to accommodate us. There were 10 in our party and that was no problem. They took us right out to the manatees. afterwords we visited a spring nearby. What a great family experience!
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    Gloria and Emerson were great and we had a fantastic time. They knew where to go and to find manatees, although summer is migration season. We found a mum and a big baby, then we also found a small baby sleeping. He woke up and called out for his mum, and we swam along for a
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    River Ventures got us in and on the boat in no time. We learned how to swim and move like manatees not humans to ensure the best experience. Captain Mike and Jose were awesome from beginning to end making sure we got up close and saw the manatees sleeping, eating and moving
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