Private Manatee Tour

Outdoor Activities in Outer Banks

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4.5 out of 5

Tour description provided by Viator

This private manatee snorkle tour may only be 3 hours, but the memories for your group will last a lifetime! Your very own USCG certified captain will embark with your private group to explore the refuge and get you up close with our ‘gentle giants’!
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.

What’s included

  • Private tour
  • Professional guide
  • All gear included
  • Bottled Water provided

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (Optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • DVD (available to purchase)


  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Excellent value for money
  • All necessary equipment included
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Family friendly