Swim with the Manatees
Swim with manatees in the Crystal River! This river is home to the docile Florida manatee, an endangered species that weights up to 1,000 pounds and is approximately ten feet long! In this river, you can often spot the animals swimming together in groups and playing. On this 10-hour tour, you'll have the chance to get in the water with them and swim! For animal lovers and those who are simply looking for a unique experience, this is an excursion you do not want to miss. The trip includes round-trip transportation from Orlando, so you won't have to fret about finding your way around.
Once you are picked up from your Orlando hotel, you'll travel in a comfortable motorcoach to Crystal River, the hottest spot for manatee swimming. The trip is about two hours and you'll be able to enjoy the complimentary breakfast as well as the beautiful views along the way! Enjoy the sightseeing as you travel to one of the most mesmerizing areas of Florida. Once arriving at Crystal River, you will board a pontoon cruise boat where you will be taken to see some stunning landmarks in the area and search for wildlife. Once you reach the area where manatees are usually spotted, you'll hop into the water for a snorkel adventure! A snorkel, mask, and fins are included. The dive is led by a knowledgeable and certified instructor who will not only ensure the safety of guests but also help everyone adhere to the rules in regards to manatee contact. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience in one of the best places on earth.
Once your manatee experience is finished, you will be able to enjoy an included hot lunch at an American-style diner. Then, it's off to Homosassa State Wildlife Park for the last stretch of your journey. Here, you can enjoy talks and feedings with the manatees as well as see other native animals such as bears, panthers, alligators, and even a hippo! After you've done some exploring, you'll be transported back to Orlando with tons of new memories. If you are wanting to add something amazing to your next trip to Orlando, FL, make sure to add this Swim with Manatees adventure!
- What is included in the admission price for Swim with the Manatees?
The price includes round trip transportation, a bagged breakfast, a manatee boat cruise, all equipment, a hot lunch, and admission to the Homosassa State Park area.
- What level of physical ability is required?
You must have a strong swimming ability and be comfortable in the water around the sea life.
- What is the policy in case of inclement weather?
You'll still have the tour in the rain.
- Is Swim with the Manatees guided or a non-guided timed equipment rental?
This is a guided activity.
- What type of clothing is appropriate?
Wear clothes that you can get wet.
- What age is Swim with the Manatees appropriate for?
It's appropriate for all ages. Bring the whole family!
- Is food available or provided?
Breakfast and lunch are provided.
- Is photography & video recording allowed?
You may bring a waterproof camera.