This is our MOST popular tour during manatee season, and this tour books up DAILY! On this awesome manatee tour, you will journey out in our all clear kayaks to try to spot some amazing manatees. Our highly trained LOCAL guides will educate you about manatees, our local ecosystem, and the various springs that are in the area.
Swim with Manatees Tour (Nov 15 – Feb 29)
- Single Kayak Single Rider Up To 250 Pounds
- Tandem Kayak Two Riders Up To 425 Pounds
- Paddleboard Single Rider Up To 250 Pounds
Kayak AND Swim with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida!
THE #1 TOUR IN CRYSTAL RIVER DURING MANATEE SEASON! Our unique kayak AND swim tour is one of a kind in Crystal River. This ALL-INCLUSIVE guided ecotour leaves you with a lifetime of incredible memories. Our passionate guides will teach you about the area and give you lots of manatee knowledge while searching for our beloved friends. Swimming with manatees is a bucket list item for many travelers, and we provide the BEST eco-friendly experience possible. This is a 2.5-hour kayak and swim adventure that operates from November 15th through March 31st each year. Our exclusive tour includes a kayak/paddleboard, mask, snorkel, wetsuit, and one of our incredible guides.
Towards the end of manatee season (the month of March) it gets more difficult to spot manatees on warmer days/weeks due to manatees heading back out to the Gulf of Mexico to survive. Our guides make every effort possible to find the manatees but it is a natural environment and there is no guarantee that every tour will get the opportunity to swim with them, or possibly even spot a manatee during the month of March.
During your tour, you may have the opportunity to view and swim with wild manatees and other wildlife in their natural habitat. There are several species of birds and fish that you may encounter on your journey as well as dolphins, tarpon, turtles, and an occasional otter.
This tour operates twice daily and has limited availability, so book today and don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!
We require that you arrive 30 minutes prior to your reservation/tour start time. There is a short video (required by FWC) and waivers to sign before departing.
Your time on the water starts at your booking time. As such, if you arrive at your reservation time you will miss your tour. Tours leave at the scheduled reservation time.
Children must be at least 3 years of age to participate. No pets are allowed on any of our tours. Per Crystal River City ordinance, there is a $5.00 per vessel launch fee that is charged at checkout. You will be given a bracelet that is necessary to launch at our local park.
Meet our tour guides here.