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Native Vacations, Inc.

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Address: 10460 W New York St, Homosassa, FL 34448-3825
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+1 352-601-8992
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08:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Visit us to swim with the endangered Florida Manatee. Come visit our new...

Visit us to swim with the endangered Florida Manatee. Come visit our new Gift Shop and check in location, located in "Old Homosassa Florida" There is no experience like it. We offer 3 or 5 hour swimming with manatee tours, in the only place in the United States where one can enter the natural habitat of an endangered species, with the intention of some kind of interaction. We have been in business 18 years and pride ourselves on great customer service and the fact that we love what we do.

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Swimming with manatee

We had Greg as our tour guide and he was absolutely amazing! Great sense of humor and also a lot of knowledge. There was also a medical emergency on the boat next to us and he... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ugh C
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We had Greg as our tour guide and he was absolutely amazing! Great sense of humor and also a lot of knowledge. There was also a medical emergency on the boat next to us and he absolutely took control of the situation and as a healthcare worker myself I truly believe he is the reason that the woman is alive.... More 

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manateewoman, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you for your review and for choosing Native Vacations. We are happy that you enjoyed Captain Greg's company and knowledge, and seeing the manatees with him. We are proud of Captains Chris and Greg for their quick action and taking care of the emergency, and they did in fact, save a woman's life. She did call the next day... More 

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful family adventure with Captain Traci! We were a party of 6 from age 6 - 70 and we all had a great time! We saw 4 Manatee during our time in the water. Capt Traci was knowledgeable and friendly. She answered all of our questions and made us feel safe and comfortable on the boat. Highly recommend this company... More 

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manateewoman, Owner at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review and for choosing us for your manatee adventure! It was a pleasure to share the day with all of you and be a part of your special manatee experience. We love what we do and I am very happy to her that you had such a good time. We hope you will visit... More 

Baraboo, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the second time we've done the manatee swim with Native Vacations and both times were awesome and fun. The reason we decided to go again was because we enjoyed the experience so much the first time. Our most recent trip was on March 30th and our experience was positive from start to finish. The entire staff was super... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We love having repeat customers :) The opportunity to snorkel with the Manatees is a privilege that we love getting to share with our guests! What makes this experience even better is that our crew is passionate about the wildlife and love what they do. The Manatees are incredible creatures, so gentle and curious. You never... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Greg was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Great experience! Lots of manatee sightings and good info and stories about the area. I would highly recommend this trip!

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you for your review! Our Captains are passionate about the wildlife and their jobs, which makes your experience with the Manatees even more unforgettable! Our goal is to provide an educational, experience of a lifetime. Come see for yourself! Victoria- Tour Operations Manager More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This is the third time I have accompanied students on a trip to snorkel and observe Manatees. Captain Traci is an amazing advocate for these special animals and her passion and love for them is contagious! Every year our students come back changed for the better because of this experience.

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! We love having repeat customers :) With Citrus County being the only place where you can legally swim with the Manatees in their natural habitat, it’s a great place to bring out of state visitors! Our Captains are passionate about the wildlife and their jobs, which makes the experience even more fun! Our goal is to... More 

Cranston, Rhode Island
1 review
Reviewed 19 February 2017

What an amazing experience! Captain Traci is in love with these beautiful, gentle creatures, and is passionate about spreading that love with her guests. The instructional video is so important in educating people about the manatees and their environment, and Traci's education helped us have an up close non-invasive experience. Once we entered the water, it was truly magical; these... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! The opportunity to snorkel with the Manatees is a privilege that we love getting to share with our guests! What makes this experience even better is that our crew is passionate about the wildlife and love what they do. The Manatees are incredible creatures, so gentle and curious. You never know what to expect on our... More 

De Pere, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip so much the first time we went out a second time while on our vacation!!! Captain Tracy ROCKS! She is so passionate about the manatees 💙 she really took time with us and headed in the right direction! We had a beautiful day the manatees we very active and loved their bellies rubbed! Would totally do... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review and enthusiasm! We love having repeat customers :) One of the great things about our tours is that they're different every day- you never know what to expect! Keep in mind that it only takes one manatee to have a great tour, and “Passive Observation” is the best way to have an unforgettable experience. Our Captains... More 

White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

We spent a wonderful January afternoon with Captain Colby exploring the Homosassa River, culminating in an up close and personal snorkeling experience with a baby manatee. Native Vacations limits its tours to only six passengers on their pontoon boats and provides an orientation to demonstrate non-intrusive snorkeling practices. Thanks to Colby for his persistence in finding manatee and for his... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you for your review! The opportunity to snorkel with the Manatees is a privilege that we love getting to share with our guests! What makes this experience even better is that our crew is passionate about the wildlife and love what they do. The Manatees are incredible creatures, so gentle and curious. You never know what to expect on... More 

Buffalo, New York
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30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

So much fun! Educational, respectful of the manatees! Captain Traci was very knowledgeable, personable, able to spot the manatees easily and direct you to them. Jean the guide at the shop also knowledgeable, humorous yet very direct about respecting the manatees. Everyone seemed to enjoy their job and it was contagious! Loved it, Highly recommend it!

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thanks for your review! The opportunity to snorkel with the Manatees is a privilege that we love getting to share with our guests! What makes this experience even better is that our crew is passionate about the wildlife and love what they do. The Manatees are incredible creatures, so gentle and curious. You never know what to expect on our... More 

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5 reviews
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Four of us chartered a manatee tour with Native Vacations and we were not dissappointed. After a quick instructional video on the "do's and don'ts" when interacting with manatees, we squeezed into our wet suits, and after a short boat ride we were swimming with several of these magnificent creatures. Captain Cody really knows his stuff, and having him as... More 

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CaptainTraci, Manager at Native Vacations, Inc., responded to this review

Thank you for your review! As this guest mentioned, when you arrive for your tour the experience begins with check in. We show an informational video and go over with you how to have a “Passive Observation” (very important!). And then the wetsuit wiggle begins… :) After check in, you head over to the boats, and enjoy a narrated boat... More 

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