MANATEE ENCOUNTERS

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Fun 2 Dive Manatee Tours

Specializing in 5 Star – Small, Semi-Private, Private, and Luxury VIP Manatee Snorkeling Tours.

 

Open daily, year round.

Since 1995, Fun 2 Dive Manatee Tours has been creating unforgettable, up close and personal Manatee Encounters in Crystal River, Florida. Our daily Classic, Semi-Private, and Luxury VIP tours to Swim with Manatees have provided the experience of a lifetime for tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world.

Our manatee swim tours are all inclusive, meaning that all of the snorkeling gear that you will need for your experience, including the wetsuit, will be furnished at no additional charge. There are no additional fees or upcharges for parking, gear, fuel, etc. Each of our manatee swim tour groups will have their own in-water guide who will be with you from your arrival to your departure. Your professional guide will take photographs throughout your manatee tour, generally finishing up with 50-100 images on each trip. Once you return from your manatee experience, your photos will be available for viewing and for purchase if desired.

We have several manatee swim tour options for you to choose from.

Our Classic Manatee Tour, is a small group snorkel tour limited to a maximum of 12 participants. We conduct this manatee tour daily, year round. The Classic tour is our lowest price option for swimming with the manatees and one of the most competetively priced tours on the refuge. The boat you wil be on is fully enclosed during the winter months to keep you out of the elements.

For those who are looking for a more intimate manatee swim tour, or those who have a small group, we offer our Semi-Private Manatee Tour, which we limit to a maximum of only 6 participants. This is our most popular tour option and the one that made us famous. Small group tours are coveted in Crystal River, and you will see that most others sell a tour of this size as their “luxury”, or “VIP” tour at a much greater cost. You will see that our Semi-Private experience is offered at an incredible price that will be impossible to beat. This tour enjoys a fully enclosed boat during the winter months to help you stay warm during your time out of the water.

Looking for a bit more comfort on your manatee tour? You may want to consider a look at our Luxury VIP Manatee Experience. This is a semi-private manatee swim tour that we limit to a maximum of only 6 participants. On this fabulous tour you will join your in-water guide and captain aboard our beautiful Bennington GSR 25 Luxury Tritoon boat that is fully enclosed in the winter months to help you stay warm. This boat features super comfortable couch type seating and is the nicest commercial pontoon boat in our tour industry. Enjoy complimentary light snacks and beverages as you search out the perfect viewing locations in comfort. This is a great option for those who may have some rider/observers in their party who wish not to enter the water.

For those who don’t like the idea of getting up early, but would still like to avoid the large crowds of visitors, we offer a 4:00 PM end of the day Sunset Manatee Swim. This special late day tour is 3 hours in length and gets you into the refuge long after the large crowds of people have left, and at a time when the manatees are settling down for the evening. This is a special treat for those looking for a quiet and serene experience but who don’t want to get up at the crack of dawn to beat the crowds. If you can’t beat the crowds, why not wait until they have all left?

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to some of the most common questions that we hear from our guests. Please remember that due to our small and semi-private group sizes our manatee tours fill up in advance. Holiday weeks, and Summer and Spring Breaks fill up the quickest so take a moment now to get your seats reserved for this amazing adventure.

At Fun 2 Dive Manatee Tours we are big into sustainable ecotourism. We believe in responsible tourism that respects the ecosystem and avoids putting undo stress on the manatees and their habitat while still balancing the delivery of an exciting and educational experience that you will remember for a lifetime. Keeping our tour groups small enables us to do our part in minimizing the impact of visitors within the manatee refuge, and providing you with a comfortable and relaxing experience with room to stretch out and enjoy your time on the water.

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Why Crystal River?

Crystal River, Florida boasts the largest concentration of Manatees in the world, so it is no question why Crystal River is known worldwide as the “Home of the Manatees”.  Crystal River is the ONLY place where you can legally swim with these amazing and gentle creatures right in their own natural habitat. In 1983, the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge was established to specifically protect the Florida Manatees who consider this area their home. King’s Bay is fed by 28 natural springs which maintain a constant temperature of 72 °F (22 °C)–a temperature that the Manatees love.