Manatee Tour Testimonials
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Captain Mike’s Swimming With The Manatees tour was great!
We used Captain Mike’s and had Captain Tom for our tour on October 5th. He was a great laugh, knowledgeable, and did a great job finding the Manatees. We found 2 and it was great to swim with them. We also got to see the whole river section and snorkel different areas. Sadly we didn’t find more Manatees, but they are wild animals- so we understand they don’t just appear to order! It does also depend on the time of year. Great day-very happy. Mr and Mrs Manvell. England.
Definitely going to go again!
Decided to try this after reading an article in National Geographic on Three Sister Springs and the over wintering of Manatees in the area. An internet search came up with Captain Mikes tours. Reviews were good so off we went and booked a tour. Because you had to be there thirty minutes prior to the trip we decided to take the ten o’clock tour and not the seven o’clock one and stay overnight seeing as we were driving from Tampa and did not want to have a really early start. “As a bye line we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express and would highly recommend it “. We stopped off a few times on our journey up and found several areas of interest for walks or cycling. That evening we went for a meal at Crackers bar and grill, watched an amazing light show thanks to Mother Nature while we ate our meal.
Thanks to Google maps we found Captain Mikes with not to much trouble and parking did not present any problem either. Once inside we were fitted out with our wet suits,snorkel and mask and then shown a video on the do’s and don’t ‘s when swimming with the Manatees. In all fairness they did point out that the video was shot in ideal conditions with crystal clear waters and I gather during the winter period due to the number of Manatees visible.
All of us were very excited and keen to get going. Our tour guide was Captain Tom and from the get go was telling tales and jokes and passing on information regarding our swim. We were told that due to the passing of Hurricane Hermine the waters in Kings bay were slightly murky but we would still be ok and around thirty Manatees were reported to be there. After passing other tour boats and asking about any sightings we finally found one, sleeping on the bottom, so we got ready and entered the water. The depth was only four feet but we were given noodles to aid our buoyancy because you had to float and gently doggy paddle to where the Manatee was. We were already prepared with our prior information and floated waiting for the Manatee to surface to breath then go back down to resume its sleep pattern. In our group was a family from New Jersey and one of them was fortunate to have a “Manatee Kiss ” as it surfaced. They are such gentle creatures and all on our tour were quite humbled by the whole experience. Even though we did not have the most favourable conditions we are definitely going to go again.
After the tour we stopped for something to eat and a cold drink at a local restaurant/bar on the water called the Margarita Breeze. Good food, drink and service. Just what we needed after an exciting morning.
This tour was great!
We were only in FL for a few days and made the drive up to Crystal River to see the manatees. I selected Capt Mike’s swimming with the Manatees mostly because we were staying at the hotel where the marina is and we scheduled the 7am tour. Everyone involved was knowledgeable and friendly. Capt Tom made sure we spotted and swam with the manatees even though it is not the prime season. All four of us had great encounters! Capt Tom was very good in spotting the manatees and pointing them out to us while we were in the water. All we had to do was look back at Tom, go where he pointed and enjoy! And enjoy we did! I plan to go back again, perhaps in the dead of winter to see the hundreds, but this tour was great!
A Unique Experience on the Pontoon
I saw about five or six manatees today. The main experience that I had was the encounter with the calf; I got to rub its belly a bit. It put me in awe a little bit and wrapped up the whole experience for me. I’m from Virginia so right around this time of year it would be freezing outside, but with 72 degree water and sunshine, it can’t get any better than the Florida heat out here. I love it. Year round. I would totally recommend it. The boat ride is wonderful, they point out pretty cool things like John Travolta’s backyard in his summer house. It’s quite a unique experience on the pontoon.
Most amazing activity in Florida
This is by far the best time I’ve ever had in Florida. Our captain went above and beyond to ensure the most amazing encounter possible with these magnificent creatures. The safety and well being of the animals was the #1 priority and that was the most impressive part of our tour. I would recommend this tour to everyone!
Thanks Mike for a great tour. My wife and I.took the tour May 29th. Great tour with many manatee spotted and swam with. Great boat captain Rick. Very personable with lots of info about manatees and other local animals and fish.I recomend this tour very highly.
Awesome Awesome Awesome
On May 22nd 2014 my wife and I took a VIP manatee tour with Captain Mike’s Swimming With The Manatees. Before departing, we had to watch a manatee interaction video which outlined the do’s and don’ts of snorkeling with these majestic creatures. Basically the laws governing manatee interaction are very strict and well enforced, you are not to touch them or bother them in any way, you are just there to observe and swim or float along with them. So imagine our surprise when, after about 10 minutes in the water we were approached by a huge pregnant female manatee who began playing with us and following us around wherever we went. It was an amazing experience that we will never forget and can’t wait to do again. The staff is wonderful, very informative and I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to swim with the manatees.
Mother’s Day Tour
A HUGE thank you to Capt. Rick for the awesome Mother’s Day Manatee tour today. Although I didn’t have a camera on hand, I will never forget this day when one manatee floated up and looked me in the face!! Rick made sure we all had a chance to spend some time with the manatee’s that we engaged with. I will definitely pass along to our friends your tour if they are ever in the area. Thank you so much for a wonderful time!
Thank you for a wonderful day
Thank you so much for our wonderful trip. We had the boat and captain to ourselves and loved every minute. The water was cold but you soon forget this when you see the gorgeous manatees. We will certainly visit again.
Total Wow, You Gotta Do It
We took our 9 and 6 yr old grandsons to swim with the manatees and the boys have not stopped talking about it one week later. The entire process was professional but super friendly and fun. The river ride was gorgeous and the manatees did come right up to us so they could gently be touched.
There were plenty of people in the water but it did not matter for once you are in and floating along side these magnifcnet creatures, it is just you and them.
This was by far better than any theme park.
Thank you to all all at Captain Mikes for giving us an experience that surpassed our expectations.
Family of 4 from Maine.
Thank you for an unforgettable trip today. Our children were taught how to respect a wild animal and we all enjoyed a professional friendly company. The high light of our holiday. Thanks.
Just a GREAT Day!
We took the 7:00 A.M. Manatee tour with Captain Rick on Friday 3/7/14. It was chilly, but Captain Mike told us in advance that those days are best for swimming with the Manatees. He was right! Rick was a great host and the simple training we received came in very handy. We saw more Manatees than we have dreamed. This is a great tour and well organized right from the start. We highly recommend it. We will be back!
We took the 7am tour on Thursday, March 6th with Captain Rick. We had so much fun. It was amazing. The weather was kind of nutty and it was cold and it was STILL the best vacation excursion I have ever experienced. I am telling all my friends that they should do this. My kids really loved it. One of them was scared to do it at first and Rick really made it seem like no big deal and put my son at ease.
Thanks so much!!!
Great Time With Captain Mike!
Took the tor in February and it was a great experience. Captain Mike was informative and funny. Saw and inter-acted with several manatee. Thanks for a wonderful memory.
had a very good time
Hello: Capt . Mike
We all had a very good time today swimming with the Manatee, even thought I was a little bit afraid I braved it and came right into the water.
Today is Sunday 23 Feb. 2014.
Again thank you and God Bless you.
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Have a wonderful day
Hope to see you again soon
We were on the Feb 15, 2014 early morning manatee tour. The tour and Capt Rick were mind-blowing! It far exceeded our expectations to swim with the manatees and made for a very memorable 12th birthday! Capt Rick couldn’t have been nicer or more personable, and really made our whole vacation a delight.
Coming from Seattle, we didn’t know what to expect. The morning started out with a 10-minute gale that blew through quickly. The weather didn’t look too bad, but once we swam into the warm springs none of that mattered. There were so many animals and they were so friendly!
This will definitely be part of any future Florida vacation for us. Thank you again for the experience, and thank you Capt Rick!
trip of a life time
just returned home from vacation in Orlando, the very best part was the river tour, swimming with the manatee was wonderful, (I even got a kiss), my husband was skeptical at first, but he left Florida saying that it was the best part of our vacation! and we are already talking about returning there! thank you for a wonderful experience.
I booked a private tour for my daughter, Mandi and I, in late August 2014. Traveling from New Jersey, this was one of our adventures planned for the week. We arrived and were pleasantly greeted by Captain Yves (Eves). I have been snorkeling many times, however, my daughter had never been snorkeling before. This was going to be an interesting challenge for her. Captain Yves made her, and myself feel very comfortable with our whole adventure. Captain Yves knowledge of the wildlife, the area and the manatees was amazing. He even poked a bit of fun at himself to help lighten any nervousness Mandi may have had.
We ended up enjoying ourselves amongst a pod of 6 manatee that seemed to have as much fun interacting with us a we did with them. During the year, Mandi was tasked with a school project writing about and presenting to her classmates, a report on Manatees. This trip was a great way for me put her class room work into a perspective that many students never get.
I’m giving this review 5 Stars because that’s what Captain Yves and Captain Mike’s Swimming With The Manatees deserves. Our only disappointment on the trip was the water clarity this time of year. Obviously, this can’t be controlled. The knowledge of the team and the presentation of an outstanding tour, is second to none.
Mandi and I thank you. We hope to see you again soon with the whole family.