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
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.
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.
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
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!"
Manatee Tours Conducted 7 Days a Week Year Around!
Reservations in advance are highly recommended.
always welcome upon availability.
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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