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Pass By: 9150 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819-8112
We will be picking people up from International Drive region.
Stop At: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, 1502 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4661
The boat will drive into the wildlife refuge where you will hope to see wild manatees on the river. You will be on the boat at least 90 mins.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Stop At: Homosassa River, 10200 W Halls River Rd, Homosassa, FL 34448-3411
We will visit the State Park at Homosassa. You will walk around the State Park and see the animals and view the manatees in the underwater viewing chamber at this hospital facility for injured manatees
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Crystal River, FL
Depart Orlando for the manatee's home of Crystal River. On the way, you will be provided breakfast bags so not a minute of your vacation time is wasted. Upon arrival at the picturesque Crystal River, you will enjoy a fabulous narrated boat tour. On your cruise, you will be given masks and snorkels and you are encouraged to swim alongside these friendly creatures under the guidance of certified dive masters.
The manatees are an endangered species and the have come to the Florida springs year-round to find shelter and food. In the winter months the manatee population can reach several hundred and during summer, the average count is 80. These are "gentle giants" in the water and actually have no teeth. During your cruise, you may have the chance to be filmed underwater with the manatees and then purchase the video.
After your cruise, you will be provided with a hot lunch and then you will head to Homosassa State Wildlife Park, famous throughout Florida for the rehabilitation of injured animals. It is here you’ll have the chance to see the current manatee residents at the park during an informative and entertaining feeding session with one of the park rangers. You’ll also see bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippopotamus as you explore the rest of the park.
Roundtrip transportation from the Orlando area and the assistance of a driver-guide throughout your day is also included.
Duration: 4 hours
Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Infants must sit on laps.
A small amount of walking is involved at your leisure through the State Park.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Most travelers can participate.
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
This is a wonderful tour where you
get very close to these gentle creatures in their habitat. No snorkeling or dive experience required. You get a noodle to keep you afloat and they swim right up to you. Such a special expertise not to be missed if your in Orlando.
I would choose a different operator if not for the diving shop they took us to. American Pro Diving's Phil Eledge was our instructor on the meet the manatee swim. He was patient, courteous and I definitely recommend his place for diving adventures. The Gray line bus tour was a disappointment to say the least..its supposed to be a 10-12 hour day trip that includes breakfast, lunch. But 2 people in my group including myself didnt get breakfast- reason was that they ran out of supplies!! No apology nothing! The driver was quiet and grumpy all along the way. We spent 2 hours for the swim with manatee 1.5 hours in water, half hour to change into swimwear and watch the instruction videos etc , 2 hours or so in the State park. Thats it. Rest was all commute and picking/dropping people. I don't think they behaved courteously with international travelers on top of that!
I went on another trip with Dolphin tours and they were definitely better than this ! I won't be back to this group !
Our guide was informative and really wanted us to have a good experience. Despite it not being manatee season, we were able to find a few manatees including a mom and her calf.