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On this tour from Orlando, take a narrated boat cruise on the Crystal River to snorkel and swim with manatees -- the gentle giants of the Florida Everglades. Then, take an exhilarating airboat tour on the Homosassa River and visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park to watch a manatee-feeding session and see other animals including bears, panthers and alligators. You'll enjoy a day out on the water getting to know Florida's local wildlife. Breakfast and lunch are included.
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Snorkel gear included
- Breakfast included
- Ideal choice for families
- Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
- Lunch included
Your day starts in Orlando with an all-you-can-eat breakfast. Then, it's off to join a team of manatee experts for a narrated boat cruise on the picturesque Crystal River, home to one of the world's largest populations of endangered West Indian manatees. Learn how this large, harmless aquatic mammal is under threat due to loss of habitat.
With your provided mask and snorkel, you are encouraged to go for a swim with the manatees while under the guidance of certified dive masters.
After your cruise, enjoy a picnic-style lunch overlooking this beautiful sanctuary. Your adventure continues in the afternoon with a 45-minute airboat tour on the Homosassa River. During your airboat ride, keep your eyes peeled for manatees and dolphins, as well as a host of other wildlife.
To end your day, visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, famous throughout Florida for its efforts in rehabilitating injured animals. You'll see more manatees during an informative and entertaining feeding session with a park ranger. You may also spot bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park. Afterward, you'll be taken back to Orlando.
Please note: Manatee season is from October to March. Sightings are very common, however as the animals are wild, no guarantee can be made.
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Swim with Manatees at Crystal River plus Everglades Airboat Adventure
- Professional guide
- Breakfast and lunch
- Airboat tour
- Boat cruise
- Use of snorkel and mask
- Entrance fees to Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
- Hotel pickup and drop off (select hotels only)
- Local taxes
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Minimum age is 3 years
- Items recommended to bring: towel, bathing suit, sunscreen, insect repellant, camera
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Linda B, November 2016
Would have to say the most wonderful experiences ever. We had a great Captain, Brian and guide Shelly were both welcoming, fun and informative. We saw approx 6 Manatees and 1 baby calf. Three of them interacted a lot with us as they are very curious creatures. There are obviously some rules you have to obey to protect the animals which was fine. We just floated there on pool noodles and the manatees came up to us to check us out. One nibbling on a girls hair and nuzzling her. I got some great underwater footage of them playing with us. Such gentle giants. Would highly recommend this tour even if you are not a great swimmer. 10 / 10.
Reviewed by: Clifford M, November 2016
Brilliant tour. Great knowledgeable staff. Well worth the money