Manatee Tours in Crystal River, FL

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Want a manatee tour In Crystal River like no other? No crowds. No waiting lines. No shoving for space in a boat packed with manic tourists. A unique, friendly, private and professional affair. And a five-star treatment from start to finish. Well, then Captain Mike’s Swimming with the Manatees is the ideal outfitter for you. With several years of providing the best customized manatee tours that deliver the most unique, exciting and memorable experiences, nothing can go wrong at Captain Mike’s.

How do we do it?

Once you have booked and arrived for the trip, you’ll meet your guide at our tour office. There are several trips available each day, but early morning tours are the most preferred for swimming with manatees. In our tour office, you’ll watch a video about the animals and be introduced to the rules that must be followed when inside manatee habitat. Then you’ll be fitted with a wetsuit, mask and snorkel to give you the best possible conditions for your excursion. With the preparations concluded, you’ll board a boat, move to a manatee spot, slip into the water and float effortlessly near these huge creatures. Enjoying an amazing time!

Exploiting our strategic location

Our advantage over other outfitters is our strategic location. And so for those who book with us, our location just minutes away from Crystal River is a steppingstone to a wonderful and unforgettable manatee tour. In fact, from our location, you can be sure that your manatee tour will be well-timed to take place when there are no crowds in the springs, everything is quiet and manatees are ready to swim to you. With Captain Mike’s, you can take your time, slide into the water at the best possible time of the day with no tight schedules and no fear of getting lost in the crowd.

Equipping you for maximum pleasure

Crystal River has the largest concentration of manatees in the world—up to 600 animals in the springs every winter. The crystal clear springs maintain a constant 72 degree temperature even in the winter, but you will still need the right gear to make the most of your trip. For instance, manatees prefer the absence of scuba bubbles in their habitat and you can only have a wonderful time with them when using snorkeling gear. At Captain Mike’s, you are provided with a wetsuit, snorkel and mask to equip you for the excursion. On the Platinum tour, you also get snacks and beverages at no additional cost. You can be sure of getting all you need to swim and snorkel with manatees up close and enjoy an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Broad range of trip options

Want a trip that meets your particular need? The variety of trips at Captain Mike’s are designed to suit people of all ages and needs. Tours are conducted every day throughout the year, and for those who would like to rent boats and kayaks, we provide kayak and boat rentals too. For those who would like to harvest scallops while snorkeling, we have offered scalloping tours for several years now and you will enjoy our company. What’s more, the team of guides and crew at Captain Mike’s have everything planned out and arranged, including tips with activities, food to sample and the best restaurants.

Assured manatee interaction

You would like to see and swim with manatees as planned and Captain Mike’s delivers. We don’t just boast of our knowledge and experience with manatees; you see it in action as we direct you to manatee spots. Our enthusiasm and cheerfulness make the trip fun and delightful even before you find a manatee, and it won’t take long before you are near a herd of manatees, entering the water to find yourself circled by friendly sea giants.

So what do you get at Captain Mike’s?

a. You swim with manatees under direct supervision of a certified guide.
b. You learn about manatee biology, behavior and the efforts being made to protect them.
c. You have your tour personalized to suit your needs, whether a birthday outing, a family trip or a workplace bonding session or a guided group tour.
d. You go to places most outfitters don’t take people.
e. You have your wetsuit, mask and snorkel expertly fitted.
f. You have your guides take photos for you and ensure you are always in the moment.

Swimming and snorkeling with manatees is a delightful experience. The Florida manatee is a remarkable creature—big and lumbering, gentle and friendly, curious and cute. You will love the chance to be close and swim with these mammals. At Captain Mike’s we guarantee that you will swim alongside the manatees in Crystal River on a friendly, private and professionally guided tour. For more information, visit Captain Mike’s Swimming with the Manatees website.

Swimming with the Manatees boasts the best water adventure in Crystal River, Florida with lots of things to do for you and your family. For more information, contact us online, or call us at (352) 571-1888.

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