Small Group VIP Manatee Pontoon Tour in Crystal River

3 hours
Free cancellation
2 - 6
Mobile ticket


We will let you in on a secret! You can get the high-end experience, with an affordable price tag! Our new heated (during winter), luxury pontoon aims to amp up the manatee sighting and deliver a more personal event! Observe the endangered West Indian Manatee in Crystal River’s idyllic Kings Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Your US Coast Guard licensed captains and guides will take you into the 600 acre spring fed refuge waters for viewing and snorkeling with these slow moving wild giants. All equipment, fees, snacks and beverages are included.


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Stop At: River Ventures, 498 SE Kings Bay Dr, Crystal River, FL 34429-4718

Embark on your journey with a Coast Guard Certified Master Captain who will be your in water chaperon, educator and photographer. Your tour will run four hours from start to finish and everything you will need is included for one price. You will begin at our full-service tour facility, where you will be educated about the animals in a classroom type setting and receive tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. You will be taught the in’s and out’s of ‘passive interaction’ as this ensures that the animals enjoy the experience as much as we do! You will then be suited up and transported to the dock, where a Coast Guard certified covered pontoon will be waiting for you. This rich estuary will amaze…..birds, fish and wildlife abound! Submerge yourself in the manatee’s world! Finish your adventure by viewing your Captain’s photos back at our facility and be sure to visit our one-of-a-kind gift shop! Our well-informed staff will direct to other local attractions, restaurants and answer of your questions before you are on your way.


  • Use of equipment (mask, snorkel gear and wet suit)
  • Beverages (bottled water, coffee, hot chocolate, tea and adult)
  • Professional guide
  • Introductory/instructional video offered in English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish


  • Gratuities
  • Food and beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Photo DVD (available to purchase)
  • Towel and swimsuit

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wetsuits are available in sizes from toddlers (2 years old and up) to adults up to 5X
  • It is advised that you have your swimsuit on underneath your clothes for a quicker check-in
  • Please bring a towel and a plastic bag to hold your belongings
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children Under 3 years old are not allowed on this tour. Please call for other options.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Post COVID-19 Policy- We are mindful to thoroughly clean water vehicles between visitors.
  • 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
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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.

May 2022

Thanks to Captain Mike and our Guide Ryan for this breathtaking tour. We had such a good time swimming with the manatees. The Staff was so friendly and experienced in spotting the manatees.

May 2022

We had a great time exploring Kings Bay, met several Manatee and really enjoyed our guide Liz and Captain Emerson:)

April 2022

Our trip with River Ventures to swim with the Manatees will rank as one of the highlights of our trip and memories of our lives! From the welcome and registration at the front desk by Cortney and Juno, through the shuttle trip by JoJo we experienced efficiency and enthusiasm. Our guides, Paige an...

April 2022

The small group experience was awesome. The crew did a very good job finding and directing us to where we could find manatees. They were very friendly, answered questions happily, gave us a nice history of the bay and provided great recommendations for restaurants and other ideas in the area. Iri...

April 2022

We really enjoyed ourselves. I was a little worried it was too “late” in the season, but the experienced driver and guide spotted two for us. My sister was inexperienced with snorkeling, but Shanna coached her through her anxieties. Would definitely do this again, maybe more in the prime months

April 2022

There are no words to express how amazing this manatee experience was! Captain JJ and Guide Courtney were incredible! Their knowledge of the bay and the animals was fantastic! I went with my best friend, she is afraid of water and I am a mermaid and they managed to personalize an amazing experien...

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from US$96.31 / per person