Experience Snorkeling With the Manatees. for a truly exclusive private swim with manatees excursion on the beautiful Homosassa River and or Crystal River accompanied only with your family/party. Our Exclusive Private Manatee Madness tour, best of all private tours.

We offer this very special and unique opportunity to snorkel with manatees in a private setting, including; snorkeling gear, wetsuits, drinks, snacks, towels, sunscreen, hot chocolate/coffee/tea, and lunch with your captain all in the price of your booking. Lets us do the work and planning for your vacation.

Our private Swim With Manatees tour begins at 8:00 AM.  Each private manatee tour lasts about 6 hours, however, as your enjoyment is important to us, your time on the water may be extended to try to ensure everyone has a good encounter, especially the manatees! This tour is truly private, as you will not be sharing the boat with others, this is for your party only.

If you are staying at a nearby hotel/motel, you may need to check out prior to the tour, as our tours are on the manatees schedule, and not necessarily ours. You can expect to return to the dock around 2:30-3:00 pm.

Rates are as follows:

6 Hour Private Manatee tour Includes  

  • $899.00 that's $149.00 per person, (The math - basically two manatee tours ($65 each)  plus lunch - $15) 1 - 6 PASSENGERS  and have the boat and captain all to yourselves all day. 
  • Exclusive Private Manatee Tour
  • Wetsuit & Snorkel Gear
  • Drinks & Snacks
  • Towels & Sunscreen
  • Have Lunch on us at one of our "Dockside Bar and Grill locations" with your Captain and Crew

  • We do not have an age restriction but 17 and under must have a guardian on the boat
  • We only take 6 people per boat
  • We can accommodate up to 12 passengers, ask for details when booking
  • We provide more than any manatee private tour available

Snorkel With The Manatees, offers lunch at a local restaurant (Florida Cracker Riverside Resort  or even have Pizza delivered to your boat) for all of our Private Manatee Tour guests. (If you have a special diet, please let us know during your booking procedure)

Also available at boat:

  • Private restrooms
  • Coffee, Hot chocolate, Hot cider or tea and pastries
  • Cold drinks & Snacks on the boat
  • Towels & Wetsuits/Snorkel Gear

Join Snorkeling With Manatees. for an experience of a lifetime, the way nature intended.    Below is what you can expect when you visit us for your Manatee swim experience.

Upon arrival, and after signing the necessary paperwork, each guest will change into the rental wetsuits, each guest is allowed to bring of their own.  After ensuring all the wet suits fit properly, we will play a short DVD, (filmed in cooperation with the United States fish & Wildlife Service) which demonstrates how you must behave while on a manatee tour, interacting with them in their natural habitat.

Next, all guests and their US Coast Guard Certified Captain/Tour Guide will proceed to the dock area and board our comfortable pontoon boat to embark on your manatee tour.

While touring the wonderful "Homosassa River" or the "Crystal River Refuge" in search of manatees, your Captain will teach you about manatee and their habitat, answer any questions you may have. You may also expect to see Bald Eagles, dolphins, otters, wild pigs, raccoons and a large array of local and snow birds. Once the captain has found some friendly manatees, the anchor will be dropped and everyone will quietly enter the water to interact properly with the manatees. You can take pictures, swim/snorkel with the manatees, and even, if the manatees allow, touch these amazing creatures. After your day of Manatee excursions the captain will take you and your family to lunch by boat to the " River Side Resort", or 'Crackers" where you can sit down and enjoy your lunch. Get it to go and enjoy eating your meal on the boat, it's all up to you and your family. Share your memories and thoughts of your Manatee encounter over a freshly, cooked meal or "Hush Puppies".

Snorkeling with manatees tours are conducted all year long, although many of the manatees will leave the area during the Spring and Summer months, however the "Homosassa River" and "Crystal River Refuge" boasts a year round manatee population.