What To Expect
The manatees are an endangered species and the have come to the Florida springs year round to find shelter and food. In the winter months the manatee population can reach several hundred and during the summer the average count is 80. These are "gentle giants" in the water with no teeth. During their cruise guests may have the chance to be filmed underwater with the manatees and then purchase the video. The afternoon is spent in Homosassa Springs State Park where a special platform under water lets guests experience the wildlife in the water in Florida including the manatees.
It's off to a team of professional manatee experts in Crystal River. En-route you will be provided a breakfast bags. Masks and snorkels are included for a fabulous, narrated boat tour on the picturesque Crystal River. You are encouraged to swim and snorkel in the home of the Florida manatee while under the guidance of certified dive masters. A hot lunch is enjoyed mid day.
To end your day, you'll visit Homosassa State Wildlife Park, famous throughout Florida for the rehabilitation of injured animals. It is here you'll have the chance to see the current manatee residents at the park during an informative and entertaining feeding session with one of the park rangers. You'll also see bears, panthers, alligators and even a hippo as you explore the rest of the park. This tour is the ultimate in nature at its best, yet exciting and informative all in one day. Remember the camera to capture those one of a kind memories.
Pick-up from selected hotels and meeting point locations (View Schedule)
Breakfast bag for journey to Crystal River
"See the Manatees" pontoon boat cruise on 5 star PADI dive regulated vehicle
Snorkel and fins in the boat cruise
Tips and gratuities
Guests who wish to snorkel in the Crystal River are advised to wear their swimwear underneath their morning clothes.
Wetsuits are available for hire at approximately 10 USD. Price is subject to change without notice. These are recommended as they assist with buoyancy whilst snorkeling in the river.
Guests are also recommended to bring the following: camera, sunscreen, and beach towel.
Pick-up and drop-off times will vary.
Direct hotel pick-up is available for an additional fee. Please inquire.
Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish guides are available upon request for groups.
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