Leave early enough to arrive in Crystal River for your 8am boat departure. The tour lasts about six hours.
This tour may be shared by others outside of your party, but only up to six people total for a more personal experience.

Pricing

· $120 per person

· Two person minimum, six person maximum.

· Please contact me with date/number of people and I will be able to confirm within a day.

· Full payment by PayPal upon reservation, full refund minus $20 per person cancelation fee if canceled more than 21 days prior to tour date. No refund under 21 days.

 

Includes:

· Mask, snorkel, wet suit, fins, flotation devices.

· Hot and cold beverages, pastries on board.

· $5 credit towards lunch at the Crackers Restaurant next door to the dock.

Other Notes:

· While manatee sightings are likely, they are not guaranteed.

· I highly recommend bringing an underwater digital camera.

· Make sure to bring your swim suit, a big towel, change of clothes.

· Participants should be comfortable in the water and with swimming or snorkeling. I am not a strong swimmer, but I am comfortable in the water and was fine.

· Non-swimmers are welcome to watch from the boat and may be eligible for a substantial discount if they are only observing.

· A portion of the price of this tour will be donated to local environmental charities.

The boat– a small house boat which is heated inside, has an open deck, oversized bathroom/changing room.  Very comfortable.

I did this in December as part of a visit to Disney World and on my way home for Christmas, as it is less than a two hour drive from Orlando or Tampa. The colder the weather the more likely you are to have good manatee sightings, as there are known warm spots where they will gather. Warmer weather will have them more scattered about, so harder to locate. Accordingly, this trip may be best in cold weather months, but is offered year round.


I went by myself, and a mom from Tampa and her two teenage kids were part of the group as well. Just being out on such a pristine river enjoying nature was fun, but we stopped at several spots and had fantastic sightings and encounters with manatees. If you are lucky they may even swim up to you and turn over hoping for a belly rub. These endangered animals are some of the most gentle creatures I have ever been around. We all had an incredible, memorable adventure.

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How to get to Crystal River:

· From Orlando you head about 100 minutes west via the Turnpike and FL-44.

· From Tampa you go about 90 minutes north via Suncoast Parkway.

· Detailed directions can be provided upon booking.

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