Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

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Crystal River, US
4.8 (66)
Crystal River, US
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Experience the thrill of swimming with manatees in Crystal River, Florida! Our guided "Swim With the Manatees" tour is the ultimate adventure for nature lovers. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see these gentle giants up close and personal in their natural habitat. With the guidance of our knowledgeable local guides, you may spot several manatees during your excursion. The colder the temperatures, the more manatees you are likely to encounter. This 2.5-hour tour includes everything you need, from a kayak and wetsuit to snorkel gear and a life vest. As you paddle through the waterways, you will not only swim with manatees but also explore the diverse local nature, including various birds, fish, and breathtaking scenery. Don't miss out on this bucket list experience - reserve your spot today!

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Suitable for 1-10 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Up close and personal manatee encounters
  • Paddling peacefully through beautiful waterways
  • Exploring diverse local nature and wildlife
  • Provided equipment and knowledgeable local guide
  • Opportunity to purchase photo package
  • Private transportation
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuit
  • Life vest
  • Kayak or paddleboard
  • Gratuities
  • $5.00 per person city kayak/paddleboard launch fee
  • Optional photo package for $34.99 at end of trip

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Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida is an unforgettable guided tour that allows you to get up close and personal with these gentle giants in their natural habitat. From November 15th to March 31st each year, you have the opportunity to witness these amazing creatures in the crystal-clear waters of Crystal River. With knowledgeable local guides who are experts in the area, you'll have the best chance of encountering numerous manatees during your tour. Keep in mind that manatees are more abundant on colder days, as they seek refuge in the warmer waters of the river. On warmer days, they may migrate to the Gulf of Mexico for food. This tour not only offers an incredible wildlife experience, but also provides insight into the unique ecosystem of Crystal River.

What to expect?

Prepare for an incredible 2.5-hour adventure where you'll have the opportunity to swim alongside these magnificent creatures. Unlike other local dive companies that simply drop you off to swim and return to the boat, this tour allows you to explore the diverse waterways of Crystal River while paddling peacefully on a single kayak. Alongside your local tour guide, you'll have the chance to observe various birds, fish, and of course, the awe-inspiring manatees. All necessary equipment, including a wetsuit, snorkel gear, paddle, and life vest, is provided. This tour truly offers an unforgettable bucket list experience for nature enthusiasts and animal lovers alike.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the beauty of nature and witness the incredible wonders of Crystal River. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, you'll be captivated by the unique opportunity to swim with manatees in their natural habitat. This experience is suitable for both experienced swimmers and beginners, as life vests are provided for added safety. No matter your age or level of expertise, this tour guarantees an unforgettable adventure for everyone.

Why book this?

Swimming with manatees in Crystal River is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will leave you with memories to cherish forever. Unlike other tours, this guided experience allows you to explore the stunning waterways of Crystal River, providing a more immersive and enriching experience. With knowledgeable local guides, you'll learn about the delicate ecosystem and witness the incredible wildlife that calls this area home. The opportunity to interact with these gentle giants in their natural habitat is truly unparalleled. This tour offers a unique chance to disconnect from the stresses of everyday life and reconnect with nature in a meaningful and unforgettable way.

Good to know

Before embarking on your tour, please arrive 30 minutes prior to your designated start time to watch a video from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and sign waivers. Additionally, there is a $5.00 City of Crystal River launch fee per vessel rented, which will be collected at the shop before departure. Free parking is available, and a shuttle will transport you to the launch area. To preserve the memories of your incredible experience, there is an optional photo package available for purchase at the end of your tour. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in a truly extraordinary adventure.


Customers who have embarked on this Swim With Manatees tour have consistently praised the experience as awe-inspiring and unforgettable. They rave about the knowledgeable and friendly local guides who ensure a safe and enjoyable encounter with these gentle giants. Many visitors express their gratitude for the opportunity to witness manatees in their natural habitat, emphasizing the importance of conservation and respect for these incredible creatures. Overall, the reviews convey a deep appreciation for the unique and immersive nature of this tour, making it a must-do for any nature lover or adventure seeker.

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  • You can book at any time before the event

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  • At least one adult or senior required per booking



4.8 (66)


This was an excellent tour in beautiful surroundings with some awesome creatures!! We booked onto the swimming tour which had a mix of kayaking and swimming which was just what we wanted. Huge thank you to our guide for giving us all the tips and tricks we needed!!


Amazing experience swimming with a manatee! Our tour guide and boat captain made the experience even better! Can’t wait to try this again when the weather is colder to see even more manatees.


This was such an incredible experience! Since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to get up close to a manatee in their natural habitat. This tour did not disappoint. Our tour guide Jon was very knowledgable and made the trip fun. He took a lot of great photos of us out on the water. My only complaint...the tour wasn't nearly long enough! (which isn't even a bad thing, it just goes to show how much fun we had). 2.5 hours seems like a long time but I could have spent all day out on the water, kayaking and swimming through all the springs and channels. We had a great trip and can't wait to do it again :) Definitely a must see!


What you see on YouTube is not what you see in person. The water is so murky that your mask and snorkel is basically worthless. We saw a few manatees but not underwater. Three Sisters Spring is where most of the manatees congregate and where the water is clear. Unfortunately it is closed to the public to protect the manatees. I have no complaints with the tour company. They were friendly, organized, and knowledgeable.


John was an amazing tour guide for our swim with the manatees today! He showed us around to all the best spots to scope out the manatees where we saw a bunch of calves with their mommas and got the most amazing pictures! Thanks for creating a core memory Paddles! We will definitely be back again soon!


Had the pleasure of being guided by Elizabeth and John today. Very knowledgeable about the area and of course the manatees. Saw numerous Manatees today from our Kayak and during our swim. John and Elizabeth made sure that all participants saw the Manatees up close while we were in the water. One of the best tours I have experienced. Many thanks!


My sister and I came from out of state to visit and we booked a kayak trip to swim with the manatees, it was an unforgettable experience we will treasure forever. Our guide Jess was so knowledgeable, experienced, friendly and a great photographer. I would highly recommend this company! All the staff was friendly, answered all our questions and made sure we were safe as well as keeping the manatees safe. Thank you for all you do keep up the great work!


Regardless of chilly and busy waters, I would do this experience over and over again. Our guide, Jon, shared his extensive knowledge with us about the uniquely beautiful (in my opinion) creatures in such a way that we walked away with a better understanding of and appreciation for manatees. I highly recommend kayaking too, being splashed by and drifting over a manatee is certainly a memory I won’t quickly forget! Certainly an experience for all ages.


The tour was fun! John our guide was professional and personable. Very helpful and made sure we were safe as well as keeping the manatees safe. Crowded in the snorkeling area so go early in the morning. Kayaking was great and fun way to see the manatees.


Tour was great, Jessica was an great guide and was mindful of the Manatees. She even reached out to those that were not following the guidelines to protect the sanctuary. Got to see a lot of Manatees and baby Manatees as well.
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