Swim with Manatees

Have the Opportunity to Swim with Manatees

Our Florida Wildlife Refuge in Crystal River is unprecedented. Not only is the landscape beautiful in pristine nature, but we have some of the most biologically diverse environments known in America. Our waterways are filled with plants and animals, and you will have the rare opportunity to experience our animals first hand. With a guided tour, visitors have the opportunity to swim with manatees in Crystal River. These large, but gentle creatures are perfectly happy to swim alongside tourists, pending they are respectful of their space. Swim with manatees in Crystal River and experience an encounter unlike any other in the world.


To swim with manatees, guests embark on a three-hour tour of the Crystal River refuge. Choose to follow pods of manatees in either a kayak or a stand up paddle board. Our team is well versed in both methods of transportation, and have the newest equipment available for your use. Our expert guides know the best places to be able to swim with manatees. Gear up in our provided wetsuits and snorkel gear to be able to get into the water with these majestic animals. Have the opportunity to take photographs or video of the manatees with friends and family members. It is important to remember to remain respectful of the manatees' personal space. Never disturb a resting or eating manatee. Never chase or touch a manatee. These are protected animals and failure to abide by federal law can result in hefty fines or even jail time. Enjoy sharing the water with the manatee and sharing a connection unlike any other.