Guided Small Group Manatee Snorkeling Tour with In-Water Photographer

3 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 6
Mobile ticket


Enjoy a close, personal encounter with the West Indian Manatee as you snorkel with them under the guidance of a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Our small group (no more than six guests) tours are conducted daily in the beautiful Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Get up close and personal with these amazing mammals and learn about the ecosystem and their habitat. 

Unlike many tours, these Captains will actually swim with you and your group to ensure that you have a memorable experience. While in the water, your captain/tour guide will take high-definition photos and videos of you and your group which you will be able to view and purchase at the end of your trip. 

Your price includes all snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, wetsuit) and complimentary coffee or hot cocoa.


  • Professional guide
  • Use of Snorkelling equipment
  • Wetsuits
  • Coffee and hot cocoa

What to expect


Upon arrival at the dive shop, guests will be fitted for wetsuits (included in price) and asked to watch a brief video from US Fish and Wildlife outlining their encounter with the manatees. The captain and guide will then take the group to the boat and embark all passengers and give a short safety brief. Once underway, the guide will further explain how to interact with the manatees once in the water and fit the guests with their masks and snorkels. While transiting to the swim areas, the captain and guide will present information about the area wildlife and what guests can expect to see during your tour. They will also answer questions and take pictures along the way. Once the vessel sights manatees, the captain will anchor the vessel and the group and guide will proceed into the water for your encounter. The guide will stay with the group the entire time, ensuring that the guests get the most out of their experience, all while taking photos and videos of your adventure!

Stop At:

• Gulf Coast Expeditions, 406 NE 1st St, Crystal River, FL 34429, USA

Additional information

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guests with limited mobility are welcome, but must call us to make prior arrangements
  • Single travelers may be required to change time or date of tour depending upon availability
  • Use of a small ladder is required to get into/out of the water. Please give us a call if you have any health related questions.
  • All tours are small group, 6 people or less. Custom private tours are available for parties not comfortable with sharing a boat with other groups.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
April 2022

We really enjoyed being in a small group for this experience :) The guides were great - not too many manatee around this time of year but they didn’t over promise and under deliver!

May 2022

Great day, great crew, they made sure we got the best experience and were able so see & swim with multiple Manatees as well as see other wildlife

May 2022

We had a great time with Leah and Lauren! They were informative and fun! It was a bucket list experience! And as a bonus they took us to 3 Sisters Springs. It was absolutely gorgeous! I can't wait to do it again! Don't pass up purchasing the photos. I am more than pleased with the great shots t...

May 2022

Very nice guides, relaxing and enjoyable. Clean and friendly. A little trouble locating the manatees, but ultimately located a mom and baby. Bringing a towel should be on the list of things needed.

Laura S
April 2022

Lauren and Leah were wonderful. We had a lot of time with one manatee and they even took us over to watch a Manatee release back into the river. They took their time with us and were very informative and pleasant to be with. It was very enjoyable!

April 2022

What an amazing manatee tour we had with Captain Todd and our guide Eddie! They were very knowledgeable and respectful of the manatees and were able to get us up close and personal without harassing them. They did a great job making us all feel safe and comfortable too. I never expected to have ...

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