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$67.84 Outdoor Activities

Crystal River Manatee Swim and Snorkel

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.

$60 Outdoor Activities

Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling Tour

Upon arrival at the dive shop, guests will be fitted for wetsuits and asked to watch a brief video from US Fish and Wildlife outlining their encounter with the manatees. The captain and guide will then take the group to the boat and embark all passengers and give a short safety brief. Once underway, the guide will further explain how to interact with the manatees once in the water and fit the guests with their masks and snorkels. While transiting to the swim areas, the captain and guide will present information about the area wildlife and what guests can expect to see during your tour. They will also answer questions and take pictures along the way. Once the vessel sights manatees, the captain will anchor the vessel and the group and guide will proceed into the water for your encounter. The guide will stay with the group the entire time, ensuring that the guests get the most out of their experience, all while taking photos and videos of your adventure!

$94 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour

Enjoy the unique privilege that is exclusively ours here in Citrus County Florida by swimming with the manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge! Crystal River is home to the world’s largest population of endangered manatee during the winter season, and even a small population the warm months. Having the chance to encounter these wild giants in their natural habitat is an adventure that your family will never forget! Embark on your journey with a Coast Guard Certified Master Captain who will be your in water chaperon, educator and photographer. Your tour will run four hours from start to finish and everything you will need is included for one price. You will begin at our full-service tour facility, where you will be educated about the animals in a classroom type setting and receive tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. You will be taught the in’s and out’s of ‘passive interaction’ as this ensures that the animals enjoy the experience as much as we do! You will then be suited up and transported to the dock, where a Coast Guard certified covered pontoon will be waiting for you. This rich estuary will amaze…..birds, fish and wildlife abound! Submerge yourself in the manatee’s world! Finish your adventure by viewing your Captain’s photos back at our facility and be sure to visit our one-of-a-kind gift shop! Our well-informed staff will direct to other local attractions, restaurants and answer of your questions before you are on your way.We guarantee that after you meet our slow-moving wild giants you will never be the same! You will never forget your adventures here in Crystal River, and chances are – we will see you again! Be treated like royalty on our Komfort Kruiser and see the Wildlife Refuge in style! Customized, luxury pontoon seats up to six and offers you a comfortable, more personalized 4 hour excursion!  Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, juice, water and Captain’s cocktails included In water tour guide and photographer provided at no extra charge Full enclosed and heated during the winter months Mask, snorkel, wetsuit all included It is very important to have realistic expectations when it comes to a wild animal encounter! Every trip is different and the experience is unique for each individual. In the cooler weather the animals migrate to this area and congregate here for the protection of the warm water springs; when the weather warms they can move about going wherever they want! The early mornings tend to be the best time to find the animals and best chance of seeing them near the springs where the water tends to be more clear. Remember it is very simple, cold weather = many manatee; warmer weather=lower manatee counts and more time looking for these endangered animals. Even seeing a few manatee is a phenomenal adventure!

$55 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Manatee Tour plus Snorkeling

Plan to arrive 30-45 minutes prior to your tour time to ensure a timely departure. Children are not exempt from participating, but parental discretion is advised. Our front desk staff will issue you a wet suit and direct you to an area to try it on. Your wet suit is worn over your swim clothes, and works best if it fits skin tight. Snorkel gear will be provided on the boat. You're welcome to bring drinks, snacks and personal gear with you. Anything you bring on the boat may get wet. We do not allow use of swim fins or flippers on manatee snorkel tours. Once everyone has arrived and donned their wet suits, passengers will be called inside the shop for a short orientation. This includes a briefing provided by the crew and a short, required video supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Emergency life jackets are always on the boat, and swim "noodles" are long flotation devices supplied to each swimmer during the tour. We realize snorkeling is a new experience to many and we are used to working with snorkelers of any skill level. If desired, snorkelers can be supplied with a life jacket before departure. All children under 6 years of age will be provided a mandatory life jacket for the duration of the tour. Once everyone is aboard, the certified captain will go over required safety information and formal introductions. Every boat will have an in-water swim guide and photographer equipped with a high resolution waterproof camera. Pictures are sold as a no-obligation package at the end of the tour. All guests are welcome to view the images before purchasing.  The guide will address snorkeling techniques, hand out equipment, and discuss procedure and proper behavior. Once the boat has arrived and anchored at its location, swimmers will be instructed to finish donning their equipment and proceed into the water. Once everyone is comfortable and quiet, they will begin looking for and/or viewing manatee. Follow your guide's directions for the best experience!After the swim, snorkelers will return to the boat. Some days, snorkelers may be required to get on and off the boat many different times. Our captains and guides will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. Research and realistic expectations are a huge contribution to the quality of your tour!Our goal is to provide our guests with a memorable experience and spread a message of conservation. We promote passive observation and use an educational approach inline with local regulations and expectations. Swimming with the Florida manatee is a wonderful privilege that we take very seriously, if you are looking for a company that will take good care of you AND the manatees - you're in the right place!

$40 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Sightseeing Eco-Tour Cruise

A relaxing, narrated tour on Kings Bay in Crystal River takes you around popular scenic waterways with potential to see wildlife such as eagle, osprey, manatee, dolphin, and more. Learn more about our area and its special ecosystems. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. Depart from our dock at a specific time of your choice and proceed to a boat where we will take you on a guided tour around the bay and surrounding springs. From King Spring to Hunter's Spring, Jurassic Spring to House Spring, Magnolia Spring to Three Sisters Springs, and off to many more. Enjoy the abundance of wildlife in the grasslands and see the gem of the nature coast the way it was meant to be seen.

$51.94 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gulf of Mexico Airboat Ride and Dolphin Quest from Homosassa

This popular ride takes you beyond the Safari and zooms through backwaters, estuaries, and passed the Historic Indian shell mounds. You will then glide through saltwater marshes leading  to the clear, shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sponges, corals, and fish fly by as birds beckon from the islands around. Keep your eyes peeled on the horizon, sometimes dolphins will surprise you as they play and frolic in the area. Go ahead, let out a Howl at the Gulf and feel your troubles slip away. The meandering madness of this tour will knock your socks off. If you are looking for adventure and were born to be wild…then this is the boat ride for you. Brace yourself, hold-on, feel the speed explode beneath you as we twist and turn through the mangroves, canals, and backwaters of Homosassa. Air boats explore areas that other boats simply can not go and will leave your head buzzing with excitement. Wildlife abounds as you glide off the beaten trail and head back in time to the beauty of ‘Old Florida’s Nature Coast’. Feel alive again as your USCG Captain operates in confidence for an adrenaline rush that leaves many with goosebumps. Ride, slide, glide. Let out a whooping Yee-Haw! Hold on to your hat and find your smiling adventure seeker amid the birds, dolphins, and fish. For families and thrill-seekers alike, exploring the backwater salt-marshes where other boats can not delivers a Pure Florida Experience that will take your breath away.  1.5 hour tour Led by USCG Master Captain and eco-tour guide Bottled water is available complimentary Join a group tour or book for a private excursion What to BringYou will be provided with everything you need to enjoy this adventure, but there are a few things that are recommend. Sunscreen and insect repellent are a good idea, as are sunglasses for eye protection. During the cooler months, dress accordingly. Pants, jackets, even a small blanket will help to keep you warm. You will be provided with bottled water and headgear for ear protection. Air boats are loud. If you wear a hat, you may have to hold onto your head, so it's not recommended.What should you expect to see?Every day is different when it comes to wildlife. The morning ride is highly recommended if you hope to view wild animals. The variety of birds will amaze you, often there are dolphin sightings, sometimes manatee, and on a very good day, you may even spot a gator or two.

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