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Orlando: Swim with Manatees with Optional Breakfast & Lunch

4.2 / 5

13 reviews

Orlando: Swim with Manatees with Optional Breakfast & Lunch

From US$ 99 per person

Swim with the gentle manatees in the clear waters of the Crystal River of Florida. Visit the Homosassa State Park, home to a variety of endangered species including the state panther. This is the perfect tour choice for the whole family to enjoy.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Please wait outside the lobby of your hotel, with the following exceptions: • Royal Pacific Resort - the Pacifica Ballroom entrance • ICON Park - base of The Wheel, at the rear of Universal Blvd • Crossroads Plaza - outside the Gooding’s Supermarket Please call 407-522-5911 to reconfirm pick up location and time.
Small group
Limited to 13 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • In the clear blue waters of the Crystal River, swim or snorkel with the gentle giants of the marine world, manatees, on this day-long tour
  • The curious and friendly manatees will almost certainly come over to greet those who snorkel or swim and may even roll over to be tickled
  • Visit Homosassa State Park and view many of Florida’s endangered species, such as the state panther
  • A relaxed and fun touring experience that is great for the whole family to enjoy
  • Transportation to and from the tour location are included
Full description
The gentle manatees of the Crystal River await your arrival on this delightful day-long tour where you can swim with these curious creatures. Your day will begin with complimentary pickup from one of the key meeting points in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Disney. You will then be whisked away to the picturesque Crystal River. Crystal River is home to the curious and endangered manatee. Also known as Sea Cows, these creatures are most definitely the gentle giants of the marine world. Here you have the chance to snorkel or swim in the clear blue waters. Manatees are curious creatures and will often come to greet those who choose to snorkel or swim. They may even roll over to be tickled! Those who prefer to stay above water may wish to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. After lunch you will visit the beautiful Homosassa State Park, one of Florida’s best kept secrets. At the state park you will have the chance to see many of Florida’s endangered species, such as the state panther. You will also have the chance to watch the manatees again from an underwater viewing chamber. Fun, relaxed and light-hearted, this day-long tour and swim with the manatees is the perfect tour choice for the whole family!
Includes
  • Roundtrip transportation from key meeting points in Orlando, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Disney
  • Necessary equipment provided: mask, snorkel and fins
  • Boat ride on the Crystal River
  • Admission to Homosassa State Park
  • Breakfast bag and lunch from an all-American diner (if option selected)
  • Professional guide/driver
  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and beverage
  • Wetsuit (available for an extra fee)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Please confirm your reservation, as well as your pick-up location and time at least 48 hours in advance
  • You must present your voucher to a representative upon departure
  • Voucher only applicable for redemption once
  • Don’t forget your underwater camera
  • Tour is not available on some holidays, including Christmas day; check availability
  • Tour must be purchased at least 2 days prior
  • Please note that since these are wild animals, sightings are not guaranteed.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.2/5
  • Transportation
    4.3/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Overall, a great day

The trip was great. Unfortunately, we had to wait 30 minutes for the driver in the morning and already had the fear that we would not be picked up (we were unable to reach anyone under the given mobile number). For breakfast there is an orange juice directly from the region and 2 sweet snacks. So rather sparse. The driver himself was able to tell a lot about the region and the history of Orlando. So if you still want to have one or the other secret tip is right with him. Arrived at the Crystal River a short film and a few simple rules for dealing with the animals are shown. WATER IS VERY COLD. So take the chance and get yourself a neoprene suit. Blue lips had many. Even before we could see the first Manati we were taken the illusion that we can fall on a variety of animals .. Unfortunately, one meets only isolated animals. Nevertheless a madness experience. It was fun and the food afterwards was really good. Have lots of fun with it

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May 31, 2016

Wonderful day trip

Friendly and courteous driver (Donald) and boat crew (Tom and Carlos) . Really enjoyed the lunch at the diner with great good and really nice waitress. Loved the convenience of having transportation included in the package. Would definitely recommend to friends and family.

June 30, 2019

It was terrible, they brought us to some sort of sewer, where around the house the water was so dirty that it was not even possible to make a hand out at a distance of 20 cm, as a result, they took a tour from another company the next day and looked great at the lanthines in clear water (and it was a 20 minute drive from the place we were brought to).

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January 15, 2020

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