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Snorkel With Manatees

Snorkeling is a popular way to view Manatees up close and personal. Snorkeling can be done without extensive training, certifications or expensive equipment.  You do not need to be an athlete to snorkel with Manatees, but you do need to be comfortable in the water.  To snorkel with Manatees, you need a mask, snorkel and snorkeling fins.  We also require that you wear a wetsuit when you snorkel with the manatees as they help you stay warm, buoyant, and assist you in keeping your feet near the top of the water and not dangling, which often will stir up the bottom and scare the manatees. We have wetsuits for both Children and Adults and in sizes up to 5x. You of course can choose to bring your own gear if you would feel more comfortable. If bringing your own gear, please remember that we are only snorkeling in the shallow water, not diving, so advanced diving gear is not necessary.

Manatees are protected under the Endangered Species ActManatees are protected under both the Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Both the State of Florida and the U.S. Federal Government oversee the protection of the manatee. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission (FWC) and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) have laws in place to ensure the safety of the manatees. These laws are strictly enforced and must be followed by everyone who enters the water. Upon arrival to our center we will have you watch a movie covering the do’s and don’ts, and will go over the rules with you so that you are fully aware of the guidelines when you swim with the manatees.

The manatees are not contained to any specific area of the refuge and are free to come and go as they please.M
anatees are an endangered species and our tours are conducted in their own natural environment. The manatees are not contained to any specific area of the refuge and are free to come and go as they please. No two days are ever the same. Weather, tidal influences and time of year affect the conditions daily and it can never be predicted just how many manatees you will see. During the colder winter months we have the largest concentration of manatees however, because we have a unique eco system which is a prime habitat for manatees, we have a resident population that stay with us year round.

You are allowed to touch the manatees however you can only do so with one open hand.You are allowed to touch the manatees however you can only do so with one open hand. No bear Hugs. Remember we are a guest in the endangered manatees home. It is a privilege to be able to view just one of these gentle and curious animals in the wild. By following the rules that we cover with you we can all insure that this privilege will be shared with future generations.

Snorkeling with Manatees is an unforgettable experience with one of the most amazing animals of the sea. Let us share with you, our love of the manatees, and the beautiful springs of Crystal River. Once you have experienced swimming with the manatees, you will be sure to share in our enthusiasm, love, and respect for these gentle creatures.

Trip Advisor Reviews:

"Wow, I didn't think that snorkeling with Manatees would be so much fun. It really is, they are curious and playful creatures!"

"After we all snorkeled with the Manatees for a good while, Captain Charlie took us to a spring in the bay. From the surface, you would never know that this area is gushing with fresh water underneath, that the water is crystal clear and there are all manner of fish to be seen."

"Absolutely awesome! We added this adventure onto our vacation on a whim...and it has been the best part!"

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Snorkel With Manatees Tour Center

498 S.E. Kings Bay Drive
Crystal River, FL 34429

Phone: 352-564-TOUR (8687)
Toll Free: 1-877-581-8401

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We offer two manatee snorkel swim tour times daily in the warmer months and 3 in the colder months. Early morning hours are always the best time to swim with the manatees. These times are scheduled for maximum interactions. All tours are approximately 3 hours from the time you board the boat until it returns. Our "in water" tour guides will photograph the highlights of your entire manatee swim tour from start to finish, both above and below the water. Upon returning to our manatee tour center, a high-resolution picture CD containing images from your manatee tour will be available for you to purchase if desired.

Daily Tour Times

6:15 am Year Round
9:15 am Year Round
12:15 pm Dec. 1st to April 1st


Snorkel With Manatees
Phone: 352 564-TOUR (8687)
Toll Free: 1-877-581-8401
Crystal River, Florida


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Snorkel With Manatees Photo Gallery

Great day snorkeling with manatees.
Up close and personal with
 this friendly manatee.
Even manatees like to have their pictures taken. Say Cheese!

Face to face with the Crystal River Manatee.
This friendly manatee rolled over for a coveted belly rub.
Man and manatee in Three Sisters Springs.
How about a manatee kiss!
Great day for a manatee swim.

Manatee belly rub at Three Sisters.
A day at play with this momma manatee.
Swimming with the manatees.
Lots of friendly manatees looking for some fun.
We are a guest in the manatee's home.
Snorkel with this friendly manatee in the clear spring water.
Swim with manatees, seeing is believing.
Lots of manatees to snorkel with on this winter day.

Having fun snorkeling Three Sisters Springs.
Baby Manatee in the springs of Crystal River.
This manatee strikes a pose for the camera.
Friendly and curious manatee spending time with the human animal.
One of River Ventures manatee tour boats.
Baby manatee and all its curiosity.
Another baby manatee calf in Three Sisters Springs.
Winter manatees in the springs of Three Sisters.
Am I about to get a manatee kiss?
These smiles say it all! Manatee tours are great for all ages.
River Ventures boat. Come swim with the manatees.
This manatee is checking out the camera guy.

One of the many birds of prey spotted on our manatee snorkel tour.
Kids love to swim with the manatees.
Manatees are just naturally curious and love to pose for photos.
Ahhhh. Thanks for manatee belly rub!
A Snorkel up Spring Run to Three Sisters
Oh these gentle giants! Momma and calf manatee never far apart.

Manatees always put smiles like this on our faces.
Summer fun snorkeling with the manatees.
We never disturb sleeping manatees.
Watching the dolphin feed on one of our manatee tours.
This is how to swim with the manatees, just float on top.
Let the manatees come to you.
Down the ladder to swim with the manatees.  Fun for all ages.
Snorkeling with the manatees in Kings Spring.
When swimming with manatees, touch them at the surface of the water only.
This loveable manatee needs a kiss.
This newborn manatee is catching  ride with mom.



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