Manatee Snorkelling at Crystal River

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The REAL Florida Manatee Adventure

  • Transportation Included
  • Tour Guide Included
  • Groups Allowed
  • Lunch Included
  • Approx. 12 hours

Swim with Giants on our Manatee Crystal River Tour

Looking for the most immersive Orlando, Florida manatee tours? No other excursion provides such a wide-ranging, in-depth experience as Real Florida Adventures’ carefully crafted Orlando manatee snorkelling in Crystal River. If you’d prefer a more personal experience, choose our Private Manatee Tour in Crystal River. Swim with manatees near Orlando, Florida and enjoy an easy, fuss-free tour experience from start to finish.

What's Included

  • Boat tour of Kings Bay and Crystal River
  • Complimentary Mask and Snorkel
  • Packed Lunch
  • Admission into Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
  • A wild airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River
  • Roundtrip Transportation from International Drive, Disney and Kissimmee areas
  • Professional, Certified and Licensed Tour Guide

What's Not Included

  • Mandatory $12 wetsuit rental fee for any swimmers
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks

Pick-up Time & Schedule

Margaritaville Resort at 7:45am
Main Lobby, 8000 Fins Up Circle, Kissimmee FL 34747

Golden Corral – Lake Buena Vista at 8:00am
8707 Vineland Ave, Orlando FL32821

Orlando Star Flyer at Icon Park at 8:30am
8265 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cameras
  • Swimsuits
  • Towels
  • Insect Repellent
  • Proof of Confirmation

Here at Real Florida Adventures, we are the no.1 reviewed tour operator in Orlando, and we’re confident we live up to the hype! Keep on reading to find out more about our manatee snorkelling in Crystal River, and please get in touch if you have any questions!

This action-packed Real Florida manatee adventure day starts with a full overview of what’s in store as we head out to the beautiful Crystal River area on the Gulf Coast, 80 miles northwest of Orlando. This is the manatee capital of the world and the only place in America where it is legal to swim with manatees.

Manatees & Other Wildlife on our Manatee Tour of Crystal River

Crystal River, Florida, is also home to stunning natural springs and lots of wildlife, and you’ll get to meet an essential part of it as we gear up for the signature manatee experience from Orlando under the supervision of a Coast Guard-certified captain *. You will learn all about the unique West Indian manatee – and then get a chance to see some of them up close and personal in the crystal-clear waters of the aptly named Crystal River! While we see these gentle giants almost every time on our Orlando manatee tours, they are wild animals and we can’t guarantee with 100% accuracy where they will be.

Then we head off to 210-acre Homosassa Springs State Park, a genuine hidden gem of Florida nature, where there is plentiful local wildlife to see and hear about, including the endangered Florida panther, black bears, red wolves, bobcats, and alligators, as well as a profusion of birdlife – most notably whooping cranes and flamingos.

Visit Nature’s Fish Bowl

Also here are the unique sights at Nature’s Fish Bowl, an underwater observatory built over the mouth of the main spring where a huge number of fish hang out. The park also has its own manatee rehabilitation program, offering another exciting glimpse of these rare sea mammals. Lunch is also included here.

Airboat Ride on the Withlacoochee River

Finally, the day will conclude with an exciting airboat ride on the Withlacoochee River, another natural haven where you can see more wildlife in its natural habitat. Enjoy the thrill of skimming the water at up to 45mph in these exhilarating, flat-bottomed crafts.

For more incredible experiences during your stay in Florida, you might also like to check out our Tours in (and from) Orlando — our Kennedy Space Center tours are especially popular! We have 40+ years of experience in the industry and we love designing the best possible Florida adventures.

NB: Any person wishing to take part in manatee snorkelling from Orlando must hire a wetsuit prior to boat departure. Snorkel equipment is provided free. This is also a wild setting, so we can’t guarantee exactly when and where the manatees will be.