VIP Manatee Tour

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The best way to spend time with the manatees!


Approximately 2.5-3 hours

About This Seasonal Experience

Ever wanted to get up close to a manatee? Wonder what these incredible gentle giants of the sea are really like? Then the immersive VIP Manatee Tour is the experience you’ve been looking for! Limited to just 6 guests per boat, you will get to go swimming with the manatees during peak manatee season. More than just the experience, you’ll also learn about how Crystal River Watersports is a firm believer in the concept of “observe & preserve,” only interacting with manatees if and when they approach us and never approaching them. We strive to educate, entertain, and provide an immersive firsthand experience of these incredible creatures in the beautiful springs of Crystal River, Florida.

In addition to manatees, our location is perfect for a scenic nature cruise down the Indian River to the Crystal River which is rich in wildlife and natural beauty. There is the opportunity to see a lot of wildlife including dolphins, river otters, bald eagles and many other birds. Come experience the Nature Coast of Florida in a beautiful environment with plentiful springs, amazing animals, and a truly magical experience with the manatees!

  • This is a semi-private tour that is only offered during the best season (winter) and at the best time (early morning).
  • 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 6 guests on the boat with the staff to ensure your semi-private VIP expereince. We can accommodate parties larger than 6 by booking additional boats for your tour.
  • The three hour tour includes use of our masks, snorkels, wetsuits and snorkel vests.
  • Additionally you will receive free rental of a fleece lined coat and hand warmers for after your swim to warm you up after your experience in the water (the air actually tends to be cooler than the water!).
  • Our trips include an in-water guide that will document your trip using our underwater camera.
  • You will receive the photographs on a complimentary manatee shaped 4GB thumb drive after your tour, at no additional charge! Please note it is limited to one thumb drive per group.

Please note: this tour is only available during manatee season 11/15 through 3/31.


$115 per person. Maximum 6 guests per boat.

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