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Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida

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Crystal River, United States
Safety measures
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Safety measures
icon2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Florida manatee is one of the most gentle underwater creatures and this encounter lets you get a closer look at them. Venture out from Crystal River in a kayak and search for these sea cows with your small group. Learn how to interact with the creatures through passive observation and then, when you’re ready, get in the water for your swim.
  • Learn about the local ecology from your guide
  • Enjoy an intimate experience on a small-group tour
  • Kayak, wetsuit, snorkel gear, and a life vest are provided
  • See other local wildlife in their natural habitat
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Use of Snorkeling equipment
Private transportation
Kayak or Paddleboard
Wetsuit
Life Vest
Gratuities
$5.00 Per Person City Kayak/Paddleboard Launch Fee
Optional photo package for $34.99 at end of trip
469 NE 1st St , 469 NE 1st St, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

We are located a few hundred feet off of US 19 in Crystal River on NE 1st Street. We have free parking available and we shuttle you to our launch area which is 1/2 mile away. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO ARRIVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE DESIGNATED START TIME OF YOUR TOUR. NO REFUNDS IF YOU ARRIVE LATE FOR TOUR

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Moderate physical activity is required to kayak/paddleboard and swim with the manatees.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paddles Outdoor Rentals
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.

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 Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida?
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 Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Swim With Manatees In Crystal River, Florida.

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star-5
Taylor our tour guide was...
Kristine_A
, Feb 2022
Taylor our tour guide was excellent. We had a wonderful time kayaking and swimming with the manatees. Worth the trip.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your 5 star review. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you again soon :)
star-5
Great experience.
Michael_W
, Feb 2022
The operators were very accommodating to last minute changes and misunderstandings with booking service. They were awesome and so was the excursion.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for your kind words and your 5-Stars! Glad it worked out and you had an enjoyable time. Come back and see us again soon :)
star-5
Weekend adventure
Laura_E
, Feb 2022
Taylor was awesome, loved the small group experience. I think everyone should definitely have this experience such awesome animals.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much for your 5-Star review of your tour with Taylor! We appreciate you choosing Paddles to make this a memorable experience. See you back soon :)
star-5
Amazing opportunity to be that close up in their habitat.
NWTravler
, Jan 2022
Lots of manatees. Love the kayaking to the springs Andorran course time in the water. Guide Dr. Josh was friendly and shared lots of manatee knowledge as did the front desk person. Both have a great passion for the manatees and springs.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you very much for sharing your 5-Star experience on your tour with Dr. Josh! Our staff are all locals, born and raised, with a deep connection to this area. They strive to make sure each guest enjoys their time to the fullest and we are so glad you did :)
star-5
Once in a lifetime experience!
river_l
, Jan 2022
The company is one of a kind, they are all so nice and respectful! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient I never felt rushed! The small group size made the trip 10 times more enjoyable as well!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We greatly appreciate your 5-Stars and are so glad you enjoyed yourselves on tour with Taylor. Our guides strive to make sure our guests are having fun making memories :)
star-5
One of the highlights of our Florida vacation
Keith_S
, Jan 2022
We saw literally over 100 manatees and swam with manatees inches away in beautiful warm fresh spring water. Great guide and staff. Highly recommend Paddles!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much for your 5-Star review! We are thrilled you had a great time on your tour with us and were able to enjoy the company of so many manatees. Please come back to visit us again soon :)
star-4
Manatee Swim
Jeanne_M
, Dec 2021
Taylor was a good guide and found manatees even in a busy, windy day at noon. We were able to spend quite a long time with the manatees.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us on your tour with Taylor. Our Guides strive to make sure your tour is enjoyable and fun!!
star-5
Great experience
Emily_D
, Dec 2021
It is early in the season so we only saw 5 manatees but it was a very cool experience. The kayak trip was so pretty.
star-5
Fun with Manatees
Trina_Y
, Jan 2021
Our guide Hunter was great and the dock staff and shop staff were helpful! We swam with some manatee which was our goal! Thank you!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
So glad you had a great time and were able to swim with a manatee. Thanks again and see you soon :)
star-5
Manatees sighting!
Heidi_H
, Mar 2020
I had a great time kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming. Dani, the tour guide, took good care of me. She made sure I was okay with how fast we were going and where we were going. It was very windy so we didn't go to one area since it would have required a lot of hard paddling to get there and I have only kayaked 5 times. We saw two manatees who were sleeping. If the weather had been cooler, more manatees would have been warming up in the springs. I was glad to finally see manatees in the wild!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
It was so nice having you join us for the Swim With Manatees Tour! We love it when our customers have a great time even when the weather and the manatees do not cooperate at times :) Please come back and visit us again sometime soon and let's get you face to face with one of these amazing animals !

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