Our classic manatee tour is an adventure that you and your family are sure to remember forever. Conducted daily, this three-hour swim with manatees tour packs a whole lot of adventure, education, and excitement!
Duration: Five hours
Guests: Semi-private, maximum of six participants
Included: All snorkeling gear, wetsuit, and fishing license included!
Trip Times: 7:00 AM & 12:30 PM
Let’s go scalloping!
Scalloping in Crystal River, Florida, is a family-friendly adventure that draws tens of thousands of visitors from all over the country each year. Beginning on July 1 and running through September 24, the clear, shallow coastal waters of Crystal River and Homosassa come alive with scallopers of all ages.
Take a scenic boat ride down the beautiful Crystal River into the Gulf of Mexico’s clear-water grass flats. Scallops abound in this unspoiled, preserved, and protected coastline. Snorkel among the amazing sea life as you seek out these delectable morsels in what many compare to an underwater Easter egg hunt.
Encounter some amazing critters such as starfish, dolphins, sea turtles, fish, rays, seahorses, manatees, and many other interesting creatures that make their home in the clear and shallow waters of our Nature Coast.
Water depths for this scalloping adventure generally range from 4 feet to 6 feet, making harvesting scallops a leisurely and fun adventure with minimal physical exertion for those who are comfortable in the water.
This trip is semi-private and limited to a maximum of six guests, giving you the comfort of lots of room on the boat to move around and relax, and even more importantly, more room for scallops to take home with you!
Scalloping is considered a form of fishing by the State of Florida, and as such, the state requires you to have a fishing license and also imposes daily bag limits on harvesting scallops. We provide your fishing license for the day at no additional cost.
The state scalloping bag limits for 2018 are as follows: two gallons per person with a maximum of 10 gallons per boat (regardless of how many people are on a boat). For example, a party of five or more is able to keep up to 10 gallons, and a party of three may keep six gallons. Our small group trips mean more scallops for you! Our captains are focused on guiding you to your limit.
What we provide:
- Safe, comfortable boats with licensed master captains
- More scallops for you! Our semi-private trips are limited to a maximum of six people, meaning you get to keep more of the scallops you catch within the 10-gallon limit.
- All snorkeling gear – mask, fins, and snorkel
- State of Florida fishing license
- Bottled water on ice
- Cooler space with ice for your drinks and snacks
- Scallop cleaning instructions
- Underwater camera rental available ($29.95) w/ included USB thumb drive so you can take your pictures home with you
What you should bring:
- Bathing suit
- Sunglasses (polarized are best)
- Snacks/lunch if desired
- Small cooler in your car to transport your scallops home.
- An extra t-shirt to wear while in the water to help protect your back from the sun
There are several restaurants here in town that cook your scallops to your liking and provide your meal with side dishes for a reasonable price. Your captain can provide you with more information on these establishments. We love The Seafood Seller; tell Jimmy and Sue that we said hi, and whatever you do, don’t let Jimmie take your fork!