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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling & Eco-Tours

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Manatee Snorkeling & Eco-Tours

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A guided snorkeling adventure for the whole family offered year-round! Swim with manatees in their natural habitat in spring-fed Kings Bay. These Crystal River tours seat up to six passengers to ensure an intimate experience for your party. All gear and included! Private tours available. Photos taken by the in-water guide during the tour are available for purchase after the experience.

Get your loved ones the gift of a lifetime! Our gift cards are easily transferable, redeemable at any available tour time for an all-inclusive experience, and never expire. If you want to get your friends and family a manatee excursion or adventure on King’s Bay, this is the perfect option!

About Our Crystal River Manatee Tours

Welcome to paradise! Here at Nature’s Discovery, we take guests from all over the world on scenic boat eco-tours of the Kings Bay Manatee Refuge. Keep your eyes open as we search the headwaters — we may find a variety of wildlife, but the main event are the magnificent manatees!

We’re privileged to be able to lead daily expeditions to take guests (like you!) snorkeling with these gentle giants. Our manatee snorkel tours offer the rare opportunity to enjoy up-close interactions with one of the sweetest animals on the planet. Manatees are incredibly docile and impressively large! Our tours are perfect for all ages and skill levels. Whether you are a seasoned snorkeler or first-timer, our manatee snorkeling tours cater to all ages and no prior experience is necessary. You can find everything you need to make your manatee dreams come true right here at Nature’s Discovery.

Not in the mood for a swim? No problem! Immerse yourself in the stunning surroundings of Crystal River. Discover pristine waters, lush refuge land and diverse wildlife while enjoying an eco tour appropriate for all ages and led by one of our Coast Guard Certified Master Captains. Crystal River is truly a hidden gem on Florida’s Nature Coast; we are glad that you found us!

All surfaces and gear used are thoroughly sanitized to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

About Our Crystal River Manatee Tours

Welcome to paradise! Here at Nature’s Discovery, we take guests from all over the world on scenic boat eco-tours of the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge. Keep your eyes open as we search the headwaters — we may find a variety of wildlife, but the main event are the magnificent manatees!

We’re privileged to be able to lead daily expeditions to take guests (like you!) snorkeling with these gentle giants. Our manatee snorkel tours offer the rare opportunity to enjoy up-close interactions with one of the sweetest animals on the planet. You can find everything you need to make your manatee dreams come true right here at Nature’s Discovery.

Not in the mood for a swim? No problem! We offer sightseeing tours year-round and relish the opportunity to help you experience the highlight of your trip to Florida!

All surfaces and gear used are thoroughly sanitized to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Why Choose Nature’s Discovery Eco Tours?

Unparalleled Expertise

With years of experience, our team of Master Captains and certified guides possess extensive knowledge about manatees and their behavior. You can trust us to provide an informative and enjoyable experience.

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Equipment Provided

Forget about the logistics – we’ve got you covered! Our all-inclusive snorkeling packages include snorkeling gear, wetsuits, bottled water, and hot chocolate during the colder months. Focus on the adventure and leave the rest to us.

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Small Group Sizes

We believe in providing personalized and intimate encounters with manatees. Our tours have limited group sizes, allowing you to truly connect with these incredible creatures. Avoid the Cattle Barges and enjoy cherished experiences one-on-one swimming with wild manatees!

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Eco-Friendly Approach

As nature enthusiasts, we prioritize the conservation of manatees and their environment. Our eco-friendly practices ensure insure minimal impact, allowing future generations to enjoy these amazing encounters.

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Manatee Heaven

Jake and Evan were awesome. They were great with instructions and making everyone comfortable. They gave a flash drive at the end with amazing pictures for us to remember which they included. Most tours charge extra for this. The best part was the experience though. They definitely know where to go and the best time. We did the early morning but SO worth it. Slowly but surely we were surrounded by the gentle giants. All very safe and it is something we will never forget! Thank you guys! We will tell everyone!

– Alfredo N., TripAdvisor
A Customer Focused Team

Evan and his team personalized my trip and went out of their way to make my experience perfect. They provided pictures and other unsuspected amenities to make my day memorable- truly a customer-centric mindset. This set them apart from the other companies offering manatee excursions. Most importantly, I would now consider them friends and will visit them again soon.

– Drew C., TripAdvisor
Fabulous Manatee Experience

We went out with Evan & Jake last week and had a FABULOUS experience! There were 5 in our group (age range 16 - 80) so we were able to rent the whole boat and have a private tour. We lucked out and hit the jackpot in terms of seeing lots of manatees. We were nervous because we weren't able to go out until the 10:15 tour (due to having to drive a distance first), but Evan knew right where to take us and we saw lots of manatees - even an adult and nursing youngster! Evan drove the boat and kept my mother-in-law company (who chose not to swim). Evan shared lots of interesting information with her while Jake hopped in the water with the rest of us. He gave us lots of tips and took pictures. At the end of the tour they gave us a thumb drive with the pictures - included in the price! Evan & Jake are very personable and made it a fun tour four all 5 of us. They are clearly knowledgeable about the area and the manatees and shared lots of interesting information. Their smaller tours are definitely the way to go!

– Christiana T., TripAdvisor
Amazing Memories

An experience we will never forget! These guys were full of information and got us up close to many different manatees including a mother and calf. They were able to find them away from other groups which was great because it can get a little crowded in places. The guide in the water (and one watching from the boat) was tremendously helpful to spot the manatees and get us right to them. The benefit of having a photographer taking photos in the water is priceless! We have these awesome pictures to look back anytime we want! To top the trip off, we found some dolphins and followed them around and watched them feeding. Recommend these guys 100%! Fyi… they were with another top rated company and went out on their own. I called the other company, they were booked, and they recommended these guys and I’m so glad they did.

– K.G., TripAdvisor
Out of All the Manatee Tours, Pick this One

This was probably one of my favorite life experiences! We got really lucky with the weather and due to a last minute cancellation, it was just 3 of us with Hina as our guide and Carlos as our captain. We were able to see around 6 manatees, including two pairs of moms with babies. Hina is really knowledgeable and told us lots of great info such as how we could tell that one of the babies was adopted by another momma manatee. She also got great photos for us! I recommend getting an early morning tour, it’s rough waking up but worth the sunrise and the experience! Hina and Carlos did a great job of making it a fantastic morning!

– Corey R., TripAdvisor
Gigantic Fun!

We had a great time on our swim with the Manatees! We liked that the Nature Discovery boats take out smaller groups. Once we got to the springs, there were quite a few other boat and people, but being on a smaller tour gave us more individual attention from our guide and boat Caption. We got to see and swim along side many Manatees. They are super big, and being next to them is an amazing experience. We were provided with wet suits, masks, and snorkels. The equipment was in Excellent condition. The store front where we changed was clean, and they have a cute gift shop. I love that the guide took photos of the experience. I would definitely recommend Nature’s Discovery Manatee Tours!!

– Sarah W, TripAdvisor
Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff that Made it Great!

For over 20 years, I've wanted to swim with the Manatees. When you've built something up for that long, it has the potential to not live up to expectations. Thankfully for me, it was amazing. The staff made sure it was everything I'd hoped for. They were super friendly. Explained clearly both expectations and what was included. Ample pictures were taken, and a real effort was made to take multiple "$ shots". They were also dog friendly which was huge for us. I loved my experience and will definitely use them again if we ever come back to Crystal River. I really loved Hina, our guide.

– Cat C., TripAdvisor