Private Manatee Adventure

The best private boat tour and swim with manatees in Crystal River!


Duration & Pricing

$450 for 1-6 guests.  $750 for 7-10 guests. Tours are approximately 3 hours departing at 7:30AM and 11:30AM. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure. 

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About This Experience

Have you ever wanted to swim with manatees in Crystal River? Then this is the perfect tour for you and your guests. Book your private manatee tour and have the opportunity to go out on one of our boats with your very own tour guide and captain and experience the incredible Flordia Nature Coast firsthand! With the entire boat to yourself, you’ll have a completely immersive experience, learning about more than just the manatees that inhabit our region.

Our location provides the opportunity for a scenic nature cruise down the Indian River to the Crystal River. You can see a lot of wildlife which may include dolphins, river otters, bald eagles and many other birds. Once non-resting manatees are found, you enter the water to snorkel with them. Time permitting you may have the chance to also snorkel in one of our nearby beautiful springs – a beautiful natural area with crystal clear water.

As the only place in the world where you can legally swim with manatees, Crystal River Watersports also takes great care to observe & preserve these incredible creatures and all of our natural wildlife. You’ll learn the proper way to be in the water around the manatees, never approaching them and passively observing while allowing them the exciting opportunity to come to you! 

We limit the number of guests to 10 per boat so that everyone has a wonderful, personal experience with our knowlegeable Captains/Guides and with the manatees. We also provide all of your in-water gear (masks, snorkels, snorkeling vest and wetsuit).

  • This is a private experience limited to 10 of your guests per boat.
  • Crystal River Watersports is a proud member of the Save the Manatee Club Guardian Guide Program, promoting responsible ecotourism.
  • There will be no more than 10 guests on the boat with the staff to ensure your private expereince. We can accommodate parties larger than 10 by booking additional boats for your tour.
  • The three hour tour includes use of our masks, snorkels, wetsuits and snorkel vests.
  • Our trips include an in-water guide that will document your trip using our underwater camera. Photographs are available for purchase after the tour on a manatee-shaped 4GB thumb drive so that you can bring your experience home with you!
  • What to bring: bathing suit, towel, dry clothes.
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