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Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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(888) 651-9785

Overview

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
Gratuities
Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
Photo DVD (available to purchase)
Towel and swimsuit
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.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:
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.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Crystal River Manatee Swim in Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge?
A:
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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Amazing experience!!!
Tye_T
, 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!
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Life changing experience with the manatees
rober_t
, 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 manatees...to Captain Emerson spotting them from the boat and always close by! Me and my boys will never forget this!
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exciting
Brian_M
, 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.
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Close to nature!
Gretchen_S
, 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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Wonderful time!!!
Laurie_J
, Apr 2021
It could not have been better! Captain Mike and guide JJ made sure we enjoyed every minute.!!!!. Great job!!!
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Choose this team!
Danielle_A
, Apr 2021
Our guide, JJ and our captain Mike were fantastic. The entire team was welcoming and accommodating. Our guide worked hard to ensure that we all felt safe and were comfortable for the duration of our ride. We went with two adults and a child and would highly recommend to any of our friends and family. We loved our experience!
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Great Encounter with the Manatees
dean_y
, Apr 2021
Excellent Staff and boat crew, they made it every minute worth our money, it was great experience swimming with so many manatees.
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Amazing Encounter
Calvin_H
, Apr 2021
The manatees had been spotted from the surface, but when we got in the water, it was amazing coming face to face with these gentle giants. We swam and intermingled for 35 minutes or more! We followed the rules and this definitely enhanced our viewing.
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Amazing creatures
Vincent_K
, Mar 2021
Our guides were personable knowledgeable and friendly. The manatees were incredible to experience! Keep in mind that there’s only one guide in the water assisting 10 ish people to swim properly, find the manatees and help you maneuver around. There were so many boats that I felt bad for the animals as not everyone respects their space and some looked harassed. However I was overwhelmed by their awesomeness and it was an incredible experience I will never forget.
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Amazing!
Kyle_A
, Mar 2021
Great experience! You can tell the people who work there truly care for the manatees. I would highly recommend it to anyone. It was a amazing time!
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