Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
Excellent day adventure with pleasant host and lots of fun for the family. Recommended trip.Reviewed by: shradhanand l, August 2011
Fantastic trip from beginning to end. Seeing the joy on my husband's face when he was face to face with a manatee - pricelessReviewed by: paul o, August 2011
Thoroughly enjoyed the trip... Great weather.. Great guides.. Organised and would definately recommend! Amazing sightings! Up close and personal. Staff have a wide knowledge, good length of time in water and with the manatees.Reviewed by: Katie G, July 2011
We only swam with the manatees and did not do the airboat adventure. Loved the manatee swim!! It was so much fun to touch them and be with them. Very cool experience!! The Three Sisters Spring was breathtaking. The water was crystal clear.
My only disappointment was that there were not a lot of manatees with which to swim. We went the first week in May, and since the weather was warmer, most of the manatees had left the Crystal River. There were not any in the Spring. If I were to go again, I would do it in the winter months when the manatees would be in abundance.
This is definitely a worthwhile experience. I am so glad that we did it!!
This tour was the best part of my holiday, we got to swim with two manatees (we were told we might not see any, April is out of season ) the captain was great , the bus driver was funny and helpful, the breakfast and packed lunch were great, the stop off at homasssa park was lovely, the air boat ride was ok, had better and at 5pm at night getting wet before the long drive is not the best , but all in all a awesome day and one to remember for a long time. ( lunch was ham and cheese roll, crisps, cookies, fruit bowl, water and juice ) a nice normal pack up, and nice and cold, also I recommend the wetsuit keeps you warm and helps you float and bring a waterproof disposable camera made my day getting a full underwater face shot of a baby manatee , they swim right up to you if your quite and not splashing about .Reviewed by: nicola r, April 2011
It was an awesome tour!
Manatees are so cute and very well protected. It is necessary to be very patient as it can take a long time to see a few. But seeing one is a great experience. The Airboat tour was really excellent (ride and environment). Excellent day!
I have been to Florida 5 times and have been to all the theme parks and by far this was the best excursion I have been on !!! I recommend it to anyone. My husband and 2 children ages 13 and 19 thought it was great . Best bang for your buck !Reviewed by: Peter M, March 2011
One of the best experiences of my life. Totally recommended!
We got to see dozens and dozens of manatees, and even touched 3 of them. I though we'd be allowed in the water with them for 5 or ten min but we had nearly two hours and because we got cold, so we had to go back to the boat.
The guide was really professional (and helpful), our group was fun, the airboat ride was awesome, and the homosassa park incredible.
I'd repeat right now.
Although the weather the day we scheduled our excursion was not the best this was a very good trip. The boat captain wasn't sure we would see any manatees because of the rough water but he found us a mother and baby. It was awesome! The Everglades Airboat ride was a thrill. Our bus driver and tour guide were top notch. We will definitely schedule another excursion the next time we are in Orlando.Reviewed by: Ed F, November 2010
Excellent trip well worth the money excellent staff, fantastic day can only suggest doing the airboat ride first as this gives you the rest of the day to dry off but no big deal really great day highly recommendedReviewed by: Richard H, November 2010