Manatee Swim with
Photo Package

Crystal River, FL

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Overview

Experience the serenity of swimming alongside a gentle manatee and take home a collection of photos to remember your trip! 

  • Join a team of passionate professionals for an unforgettable animal encounter
  • Board a comfortable watercraft and cruise to the stunning Crystal River
  • Say cheese as you come face-to-face with wild manatees
  • Wetsuits, snorkel gear, a fleece rental, and photo package are included 
  • Watch as manatees eat, sleep, and explore the Crystal River during this 3-hour adventure! 

Crystal River, FL

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Mid-November through March:
Daily - 7:00 AM

Essential Information
  • No snorkeling experience necessary
  • All ages welcome
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian
  • Snorkels, snorkel masks, wetsuits, and snorkel vests will be provided
  • Includes a complimentary fleece jacket rental and hand warmers
  • Take home a photo package on a cute, manatee-shaped thumb drive 
  • All participants must follow all rules and regulations when interacting with wildlife
  • Wildlife sightings are not guaranteed
Duration
This experience lasts approximately 3 hours.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
This experience is available for up to 6 participants.
Spectators
This experience is for booked participants only.
Weather Dependent
This experience is weather dependent.
What To Wear
Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel, camera, and change of warm clothes.
Am I guaranteed to see a manatee?

Florida's manatees are wild. While manatee sightings are not guaranteed, it is rare not to see any. Your guide will do their best to ensure that you observe these animals in the wild. This experience also takes place during peak manatee season (November-March) so your chances of seeing these animals are higher than during the summer months. 

Can I interact with the manatees?

Guests are allowed to snorkel and observe the manatees in their natural habitat. Some manatees enjoy interacting with people while others prefer to eat, sleep and swim while being left alone. If a manatee chooses to initiate contact, you may be able to interact with the animal. All participants will be shown a video on how to properly treat these animals. 

Are manatees friendly?

Yes! While the size of these animals may seem intimidating, they are gentle and docile creatures. 

Is there a bathroom on the boat?

There are no restrooms on board. However, all boats have marina access on the river and can dock for public bathroom use as needed.

When is the best time to see manatees?

Early morning tours tend to be the best time to find manatees. Your chances of seeing a manatee are best when it is cold. Manatees are not as common when it is warm. 

Returns
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Exchanges
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have received a booking confirmation, all bookings are final. No cancellations or rescheduling requests will be allowed. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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