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Swim Where the Manatees Live

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Sail on the Crystal River then snorkel and swim with the gentle giant manatees. Visit Homosassa State Park, home of many of Florida's endangered animals, and admire the manatees from the underwater viewing chamber.

Description

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.

Includes

  • Guide

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Admission

  • Transportation fee

  • Cruise fee

  • Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
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Swim Where the Manatees Live

Duration: 10:30 - 12 hour(s)
Available: Sat
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Guide / Breakfast / Lunch / Admission / Transportation fee / Cruise fee / Snorkeling equipment (snorkel, mask & fins)
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Schedule

  • 06:05

    Pick-up from Select Orlando and Kissimmee Locations

  • 07:00

    Drive to Crystal Water

  • 09:00

    Crystal River Swim

    Spend the morning at your leisure in the river of the Crystal River City, known to be the "Home of the Manatee". Choose to sit back and relax in the boat, or snorkel and swim in the waters with the manatee; a large, mostly herbivorous marine mammal often called sea cows.

  • Drive to Homosassa Park

  • Free Time at Homosassa State Park

    In the afternoon, visit the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, deemed to be one of the best places in the state to catch remarkable views of the manatees. Also, you may see many of Florida's endangered animals including the black bears, bobcats, white-tailed deer, American alligators and more!

  • 15:00

    Drive to Orlando & Kissimmee

  • 17:05

    Drop-off at Select Orlando and Kissimmee Locations

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Restriction(s)
  • Children under three (3) years old are free, but will need to sit on a parent or guardian's lap if there are no available seats.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Underwater camera

  • 3mm or thicker wetsuit

  • Sunglasses

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Change of clothes

  • Sunscreen

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Please call the activity provider the day before to reconfirm your booking. Your voucher has the necessary contact information listed.

Additional Note(s)
  • The water temperature is a constant 72 F (25 C) but a wetsuit is recommended due to the length of time in the water. Wetsuit rentals are available at the time of check-in.

  • Guests can arrange hotel pick-ups for a cost of $10 per person or a maximum of $25 per group, if available. Please call the activity provider.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 10.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 06:55:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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