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Crystal River Manatee Snorkeling & Eco-Tours

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Manatee Snorkeling & Eco-Tours

About Us

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.

About Us

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 Us?

Experienced Team

You’re accompanied by a seasoned guide and captain who show you the ropes, teach you about manatees, and make sure you’re safe, so you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying the experience!

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Captured Memories

Our in-water guide takes photos of the whole tour! Feel free to just enjoy the tour and let them capture your once-in-a-lifetime experience. Once you’re done, the photos are yours to print, post, and share with family and friends!

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Equipment Provided

Masks, snorkel sets, and wetsuits are provided for you on all tours at no extra charge! We have a range of sizes to accommodate all ages, so everyone in the family is able to snorkel with ease!

Book With Confidence

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
Fantastic value!

Evan and Jake are definitely the right people in the right job at the right time for the right reasons. We will definitely be back and we will use them as our guides again. The photos were included and the time wasn’t shortened by suiting up. They deserve to go far in their new business and we believe they will. Evan explained how they were part of a volunteer effort rescuing manatees after a severe flood loading them up in an “man”bulance (ambulance) which was a u haul truck transporting them to safety from being stranded in a local golf course pond. Definitely unsung heroes! Thanks again from your Kentucky neighbors!

– Corey R., TripAdvisor
Once in a lifetime experience.

Jake and Evan were super friendly and so knowledgeable about the manatees and the area around Crystal Falls. Being showed how to interact with the manatees was great and you didn’t feel like you were invading their space. They even limit the number of people on ten tour so that you get the very best experience and a ton of personal time with the animals. The boat ride after was very informative. We also received pictures of everything for free! We had a great time and will definitely book with them again if we ever get the chance to come back.

– FunFam4All, TripAdvisor
Amazing time! Saw 6 manatees snorkeling

Jake and Evan love what they do and they’re very knowledgeable about manatees. Their respect for the manatees shows and makes you feel you’re with them and not interfering into their lives. We saw six manatees snorkeling and at least four more cruising back to the pier. We were fully expecting to have to pay $50 for pictures. But they were included in the package. It feels so good not to feel nickle and dimed. Highly recommend!

– Zorana P., TripAdvisor