the winter months, December through March, Crystal River boasts the largest manatee
population and is the only place in the world that you can swim with the manatees. Many people
come here to snorkel because of the large manatee population that migrate up into the warm natural spring fed waters
that remain a constant 72 degrees all year round. Yes, 72 degrees year round, so you will want to bring your wetsuit.
Crystal River Manatee tours are a great experience for the whole family. Come and play with the manatee it is a great time
whether you sit on the boat and watch, or get in the water and snorkel with them. It will be a memory you will cherish the
rest of you days here on earth.
are one of natures most fascinating creatures. Gentle for their
size they love to have contact with humans. While swimming with these gentle giants is prohibited almost everywhere else,
at Crystal River, Florida humans and manatees can have a relationship that few attractions in the world can offer. In Crystal
River you will have the chance to get in the water and spend time with these animals on a personal level. When you first
arrive you will be shown a video of what you may and may not do with the manatee. This way there is no surprises after you
get in the water and are having fun with them. Just remember they are wild animals and you are not allowed to keep them from
eating or their natural behavior. If they want to interact with you, and they will, they will come and tell to get over here
and pet me and play with me I am bored. They do love to play with people. If you don't think so now, ask yourself after you
get out of the water, did you play with them or did they play with you?
love cameras, so if you are going to be around them make sure that you have one on hand as they love to roll and
play for the picture. Many people who have taken a manatee tour will agree that the pictures you will get of the manatee
are worth it. We offer several types of manatee tours, including morning tours, private tours and large group tours (maximum 16 people).
We will be diving with Crystal Lodge Dive Center on their
specially designed snorkeling pontoon boats. The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum group size is 16. Space fills up fast so
contact us or
sign-up online so we can reserve space
on the trip.
Location: Crystal River, FL is located on the West coast (gulf side) of Florida approximately
1.5 hours (75 miles) Northwest of Tampa and approximately 2.0 hours (100 miles) Northwest of Orlando. Click here to
download printable driving directions to Crystal River, FL.
Trip Dates: This dive charter is offered from December through March. See our
Travel Page for our next dive trip. If you do not see a manatees
trip scheduled, please contact us and we will setup a trip for you.
Meals: Meals are NOT included. The hotel offers a
continental breakfast or you are free to find something on your own. If people would like to relax and visit and reminisce about the activities
enjoyed during the day before heading home, we could all meet at the restaurant next door to the dive lodge. The restaurant offers outdoor
dinning, nice music, great atmosphere, and is beach side.
Save 10% ($5) if you sign-up for both the morning and afternoon
snorkel tours. You should arrive about 1/2 hour before departure time and unload your personal gear and complete release forms and watch a short required video on
the protection of manatees. On all snorkel tours there will be complimentary bottled water, soft drinks, and snacks for your convenience.
The prices below DO NOT include crew tips or personal snorkel equipment. If necessary, we can arrange equipment rental for you. However, we need
to know what equipment you need to rent at the time of your reservation.
||* Approximate Times
|Morning Snorkel Tour
|| 8:00 AM
|| 8:30 AM
|Afternoon Snorkel Tour
|| 1:00 PM
|| 5:00 PM
$30.00 per person per trip
Deposit: A 25% deposit of your total package
(snorkel tours, rental gear) is required at the time of booking. The remaining trip balance (snorkel tours, rental gear)
MUST be paid in full 15 days prior to trip date.
• 3-4 Hour Snorkel Tour
• Bottled Water
• Soft Drinks
• Ice Chest and Ice
Optional Rental Gear (Add) per person per day
• $10.00 - Mask, Fins & Snorkel
• $15.00 - Wetsuit
• $20.00 - Mask, Fins & Snorkel, Wetsuit
Forms Required: Everyone will need to complete the
Liability Release for Boat or Excursion form prior
to entering the water.
Materials/Equipment Required: You will need to provide the following or
make arrangements for:
Cancellation Policy: All cancellation notifications are required prior to departure date of the dive trip.
- Personal Dive Equip - Mask, Fins, Snorkel, Booties, Wetsuit
- Personal Items - Jacket, Towel, Sunscreen, and Sunglasses
Space is limited and based upon availability. Prices may change without notice.
- 2 or 3 Tank Boat Trips - 48 hour cancellation notice required for full refund
- Dive Trips with Lodging - 72 hour cancellation notice required for full refund
- International Trips - 70 day cancellation notice required for full refund minus the un-refundable
deposit. Less than 70 day cancellation notice will be 50% refund minus the un-refundable deposit unless we fill the spot with another person.