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Crystal River, United States
Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour
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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River on a wildlife tour that gets you close to the West Indian Manatees that flock to the Crystal River's many freshwater springs. Learn about the remarkable manatees and the ecosystem they depend on, then slip into the water to see the manatees as they swim and feed. Wetsuits and all snorkeling equipment are included in this Crystal River manatee tour, with warm drinks served on board the boat.
  • Snorkel with manatees in the Crystal River
  • See a scenic natural habitat where manatees thrive
  • Use snorkeling gear to see manatees underwater
  • Great way to learn about Florida's native wildlife
  • Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits provided
  • Ideal choice for families
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Professional guide
Use of Snorkeling equipment
Wetsuits
Coffee and hot cocoa
Gratuities
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
406 NE 1st St , 406 NE 1st St, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

Please arrive no earlier than your scheduled tour time. Our captains and guides are busy between trips with the previous tour and readying your boat and our shop for your trip. If you arrive early, you are likely to be waiting for our other guests to get changed and review their photos.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Guests with limited mobility are welcome, but must call us to make prior arrangements
  • Single travelers may be required to change time or date of tour depending upon availability
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gulf Coast Expeditions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour ?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour ?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour ?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour ?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour .

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  • "Take a great interest in maintaining the ecology and habitat as well as ensuring guests depart with great memories." See review

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Manatee Well Being 1st - Amazing
Shannon_I
, Jun 2022
Our guide (Lo-Lo) and boat captain (Kip) were fantastic! They genuinely care about the manatees which, was something I worried about in doing the tour. I wanted the experience but, did not want to upset these amazing creatures. They not only followed the state guidelines but, they would let others on the river know as well. If a kayak or boat was about to go over one because they weren’t paying attention, they were quick to inform them! There were people, not with a guide, being rough around a manatee and our guide let them know they needed to watch their feet and give the animal some space. If you just hover and watch these amazing creatures- you can learn! The one we were closest to swam right up to us - we didn’t need to bother him. Definitely go with a guide who makes the animals well-being a priority! We also went to Three Springs which is stunningly beautiful! Crystal clear water (and chilly…you will want the hot chocolate on the boat after even if it’s 90 outside)!
star-5
Best experience
Angel_H
, Jun 2022
Seeing so many manatees and the guides was so nice and informative. Would definitely go it again. My husband and I loved the experience
star-5
Our tour guide Giggles...
David_S
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Giggles and boat captain Jeff were great and took us to the best places. Would highly recommend
star-5
AMAZING
Leanne_B
, Jun 2022
Very knowledgeable and great girls , leah and Lauren was amazing hosts , would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Such a Fun Tour!
Samantha_V
, Jun 2022
My friends came down to visit and we wanted to do something new beyond the beach, and I found this gem of a tour. So glad we did it! Our guide, Leah, was amazing and knowledgeable. Our captain, Lauren, was great at getting the boat around and finding the manatees. Both ladies were a JOY to be around and will definitely go again with my husband and kids! It was so fun, and quite unique!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you so much for the kind review! I know our ladies had a great time with you guys and we certainly hope you come back with the rest of the family!
star-5
Best experience ever
Sandrine_M
, Jun 2022
We loved it. Highly recommend.. We got to get so close from the Manatees and the snorkeling in the spring is so beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We love to see those "best experience ever" reviews! Those recommendations are what bring people here to share what you got to do. Thank you very much!
star-5
You need to do this tour!!!
Katy_W
, Jun 2022
Amazing! Our captain and guide were great!!! We found manatees so quickly and were able to swim for a while with the heard. The pictures were wonderful as well. I would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for the kind review! and we're very glad you enjoyed the photos. We think that's one of the best parts of what we offer so you can relax and enjoy our manatees while we take care of capturing the memories for you! Come back and see us again, maybe during the season for lots more manatees and memories.
star-5
Got to see a couple...
Eric_W
, May 2022
Got to see a couple manatees and saw a few others. Our guides made it a fun and memorable experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
We are very glad that you guys had such a great time even with only a few of our awesome manatees and thank you very much for the kind words!
star-5
Wonderful! Highly recommend!
Dawn_B
, May 2022
This was an amazing experience!! What a great guide and captain we had! They showed us manatees and we went to the springs. Would go back again!
star-5
Will definitely do again!!
Katie_H
, May 2022
We went during the slower season for manatees, so we only saw 4, but they did a great job looking for them and having us experience some other snorkeling things when we couldn’t find any manatees. The captain was hilarious and Lauren our guide, was very friendly and made sure we all got close to the manatees when we did find them. Everyone there was friendly, and I appreciated the in-water guide to help us get close!
star-5
Amazing experience!
Tamara_W
, May 2022
This was an amazing experience! Our guides were knowledgeable, patient & fun. Highly recommend this group as we got to interact with these gentle giant manatees! We saw many manatees & this trip was well worth it! If you want to see manatees up close , do this snorkel ! You won’t regret it !
star-5
Must Do!
Cole_H
, May 2022
Lauren was our captain & Leah was our guide! They were so personable & always laughing! They made an already memorable trip even more fun! If you’re in the area, you MUST do this!
star-5
Great day, great crew,...
Carla_O
, May 2022
Great day, great crew, they made sure we got the best experience and were able so see & swim with multiple Manatees as well as see other wildlife
star-5
Great adventure
Sheila_C
, May 2022
Very nice guides, relaxing and enjoyable. Clean and friendly. A little trouble locating the manatees, but ultimately located a mom and baby. Bringing a towel should be on the list of things needed.
star-5
Great time!
Brian_W
, Apr 2022
We came down for my husbands bday. We had a great time w/Ashley & Gary! Ashley made sure we got the lost out of our snorkel experience- we saw plenty of manatees & were able to get close to them. Afterwards we enjoyed swimming around the lagoons & seeing fish & other wildlife. Gary, our boat operator, was friendly & talked to us a lot about the surrounding areas. Both made sure we got to do the things we wanted & were absolutely fantastic!
star-4
Wonderful trip!
Jan_S
, Apr 2022
We really enjoyed being in a small group for this experience :) The guides were great - not too many manatee around this time of year but they didn’t over promise and under deliver!
star-5
The guide was amazing and...
Sarah_Y
, Apr 2022
The guide was amazing and so good with our young son! We highly recommend this trip for anyone, especially families.
star-5
Awesome trip. Very very recommended
Rebecca_C
, Apr 2022
Lauren and captain Mike were so patient. We didn’t see any the first two places we tried and they refused to give up. Then we found a solitary one that interacted and slept all while we videoed and took in the experience. Fantastic experience!!!!don’t choose any other place to have your adventure.
star-5
Great Experience!
Michael_M
, Apr 2022
My family and I had a great time on this guided tour. Everyone was super friendly and we had a great experience! I'd highly recommend it to anyone interested in spending some quality time with manatees!
star-5
This was the most amazing...
Annmarie_S
, Apr 2022
This was the most amazing trip. The hostess was fantastic and the gentle giants we encountered was just awesome. Thanks for the best day

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