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Swim with Manatees Tour (Nov 15 – Mar 31)

Quick Details

Single Kayak Maximum Weight: 250 lbs
Tandem Kayak Maximum Weight: 420 lbs
Paddleboard Maximum Weight: 275 lbs

Paddle and Swim with Manatees in Crystal River, Florida!

This amazing tour leaves you with a lifetime of incredible memories. 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.  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 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.

Choose a single kayak, double kayak, or paddleboard for your adventure. Includes wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and one of our amazing local guides.

This tour books up frequently and has limited availability, so book today and don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience!

Important Information

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 Amazing Local Guides!

Our guides know the local waters like the back of their hands and will show you all of the best places here on Kings Bay and our local springs!

Josh R. Mr Sunshine

When Josh is not out paddleboarding around King’s Bay, he’s working his butt off at our shop! Josh runs our clear kayak tours and is an up and coming entrepreneur in Crystal River.   Josh and Jessica are brother and sister and have a friendly competition of who can give the best customer service and get the most 5 star reviews. Reserve your tour today and experience what THOUSANDS of other guests think about our amazing guides!

Jessica Manatee Whisperer

Meet our local tour guide, Jessica. She is born and raised in Crystal River and loves the manatees more than her own children lol. If she is not doing a tour or working in the shop, you will most likely find her on the water anyways in her spare time. Jessica gives 5-star service to her guests and it shows in her reviews! Reserve your tour today and experience what THOUSANDS of other guests think about our amazing guides!

Kiontae Mr. Smooth

Kiontae is one of our newest guides and has been with Paddles Outdoor Rentals for over a year now.  He excels in customer service and our guests truly love being around him.  Being born and raised in Crystal River has really given him a great knowledge of our waterways, which he loves sharing with his tours.  His amazing personality and attention to detail makes him one of the best in the business!  Book your tour today 🙂

Kylie The New Kid On The Block

Kylie is a true local who grew up in the area, spending a ton of time on the water.  She has been with us for a short time but absolutely LOVES doing tours and educating our guests on Three Sisters Springs and our local manatee population.  Kylie is all about customer service and gives 5-star tours to all of her customers.  Reserve your tour today and experience what THOUSANDS of other guests think about our amazing guides!