You just have to keep in mind when on this experience that these are not captured animals that have been trained but wild manatees going about their daily routine. It is amazing to just be in their presence and appreciate the time you have to spend with them since this is a unique experience to Florida. Keep in mind that when they approach you, you should stay somewhat still with slow hand and leg motions. If you do this they will want to stick around and will approach you more easily.
Also, it was great that Captain Blaine was very knowledgeable and able to answer all my various questions. It is interesting to learn about these beautiful animals and to understand the harm that can come to them due to boats not following signs and using precaution. I believe that everyone that owns a boat should be required to snorkel with these gentle creatures to develop a greater appreciation, learn how to spot obvious signs they are in the area and the importance of following the law.
We had a wonderful trip with Capt Blaine last month! The water was super cold but as soon as I saw my first manatee I forgot all about how cold I was and just enjoyed the experience. It was a little murky the day we went, so more than once I didn't see the manatee until it was literally directly underneath or in front of me, but wow, so cool! I will most definitely be back for another trip in the winter.
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I would highly recommend this company and this experience to anyone! I do not swim well, but I could do this anyway With the help of Capt. The water was clear which I was told was unusual during the Spring. Indescribable experience, you have to try it for yourself! Manatees get a 5 star rating every time. Thank you guys for a true review. The waters have been really nice the last few weeks, so we are having a blast.
We had our 13th Blind snorkeler this week and they had a blast, no matter what the water was, they were able to enteract with the Manatees and received a Manatee kiss. Our Discover Scuba Diving started on the 1st of May for the sumer months, give it a try after your Manatee Swim in the pretty springs of 3 Sisters. We did this trip last week and had a fantastic time.
We got to enteract with two different manatees and our captain was very helpful and informative. The small groups of six are brilliant as it does not get too crowded in the water. The water is shallow which I wasn't expecting but the captain gave us noodles which allowed us to float without kicking up the water and making it murky. Having read some of the reviews below I feel I have to disagree with the comments.
I have done similar trips swimming with wild animals and on some occasions you just dont see them and you have to come back again. Its wild life.
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Manatees are a wild animal and your coming into their home to visit them, which you should consider a privelige, as with all wild animals there is no guarantee that they will want to hang out. That is what makes it exciting and all the more special when you do see them. If you want a guaranteed encounter where you can see the manatee and take clear photos go to seaworld or look up you tube.
Yes the water wasnt crystal clear, there were only two manatees but I still got to see them and interact with them. Will I come back again, definatley. My first time out was with a party of 5 which included a 6 yr old. Capt Blaine took us out and he was fantastic with the 6 yr old My first trip with Capt Blaine, the water was murky; but we still had a great time. We even had a bonus I was in the water and my party told me a dolphin swam right under me!!!!!!! This trip was in August The second trip was in October with 4 adults in our party.
We were paired with a couple that time and the water was crystal clear. We found a momma and baby and, again, had a terrific encounter. My third encounter is coming up on 27 April. Our party will consist of 5 adults and 4 children.
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We will be on two pontoon boats. My friend is coming down again this summer and her son wants to snorkel with the manatees again!!!!!! Capt Gene, I will be contacting you soon for reservations in June for another super time. We love you Capt Gene and Capt Blaine!!!!! Thanks for the nice reveiws, this is our life and we would love to share it with you and your family. We take pride in our small groups, it puts less stress on the Manatees and there habitat. I have been doing this for 9 years and could not think of a better way of life.
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See all reviews. Reviews The fish bowl was interesting. If you have the time and money its interesting but not a must do. The park is open days a year!
It was nice to experience a quality activity on a major holiday as an out-of-town guest. You have the option of riding the tram or taking a boat to the entrance of the park. This is a beautiful little state park with local Florida wildlife and some exotic animals including a hippo named Lu. There are three different wildlife shows at various times during the day.
I attended the alligator and hippo presentation and the manatee presentation. The guides are very informative and enthusiastic about their park and wildlife! There is an underwater observation room where you can see many fish up close in the clear water. The park also has a nice snack bar at the main entrance. The park is a very beautiful and relaxing place to spend a couple of hours! I will definitely go back again when I visit my son who now lives in the area. This place had fun animals to see and nice walking trails. Our family had a nice afternoon and enjoyed the manatees and hippo.
I was so surprised at the variety of wildlife to see at this State park! Do not miss the feeding of the Manatee! It was so much fun to watch them devour lettuce! Another unique feature is the underwater observatory where thousands of fish are constantly circling! I must confess that bird island was a bit too odiferous for me! However, all in all a great park and entry is a very reasonable fee. We were fortunate enough to go when there were many manatees to see which is the draw of the park. While there is plenty of other wildlife to see not sure it would be so much fun off season.
The park is clean and nicely set up with good walking trails. There is a sense of comfort for those caged and that they are living a good life. We arrived just after 10 and took the tram to the far side where the park is and after two hours took the pontoon boat back. By the time we left at the line was through the building and out the door. Great visit for couples, families and children of all ages. Well worth the money!
You are able to view manatees without entering the water! Great family atmosphere! Flights Holiday Rentals Restaurants Things to do. Basket 0. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips. Log in to get trip updates and message other travellers. Profile Join. Log in Join. There is coupon but you HAVE to print There is coupon but you HAVE to print it More Show less. Date of experience: December See all 2, reviews. Quick View. Crystal River Manatee Swim.
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