Manatee Tour plus Snorkeling
Our front desk staff will issue you a wet suit and direct you to an area to try it on. Your wet suit is worn over your swim clothes, and works best if it fits skin tight. Snorkel gear will be provided on the boat. You're welcome to bring drinks, snacks and personal gear with you. Anything you bring on the boat may get wet. We do not allow use of swim fins or flippers on manatee snorkel tours.
Once everyone has arrived and donned their wet suits, passengers will be called inside the shop for a short orientation. This includes a briefing provided by the crew and a short, required video supplied by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).
Emergency life jackets are always on the boat, and swim "noodles" are long flotation devices supplied to each swimmer during the tour. We realize snorkeling is a new experience to many and we are used to working with snorkelers of any skill level. If desired, snorkelers can be supplied with a life jacket before departure. All children under 6 years of age will be provided a mandatory life jacket for the duration of the tour.
Once everyone is aboard, the certified captain will go over required safety information and formal introductions. Every boat will have an in-water swim guide and photographer equipped with a high resolution waterproof camera. Pictures are sold as a no-obligation package at the end of the tour. All guests are welcome to view the images before purchasing.
The guide will address snorkeling techniques, hand out equipment, and discuss procedure and proper behavior. Once the boat has arrived and anchored at its location, swimmers will be instructed to finish donning their equipment and proceed into the water. Once everyone is comfortable and quiet, they will begin looking for and/or viewing manatee. Follow your guide's directions for the best experience!
After the swim, snorkelers will return to the boat. Some days, snorkelers may be required to get on and off the boat many different times. Our captains and guides will always go above and beyond to make sure you have a great experience. Research and realistic expectations are a huge contribution to the quality of your tour!
Our goal is to provide our guests with a memorable experience and spread a message of conservation. We promote passive observation and use an educational approach inline with local regulations and expectations. Swimming with the Florida manatee is a wonderful privilege that we take very seriously, if you are looking for a company that will take good care of you AND the manatees - you're in the right place!
- Use of Snorkelling equipment
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
- Please note: it is required that you arrive 45 minutes prior to the departure time to dawn wetsuits and watch a mandatory 10 minute instructional video
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Good cruise to see manatees and swim with them.Bill was our pilot, Jordan our swim guide. Three moms arrived each with a toddler. Apparently these moms thought you could just put mask and snorkels on kids and good to go. Lots of crying, screaming, splashing chasing manatees away. Do not get on the boat if you find yourself with little kids. Manatees like peace and quiet. Shame on these moms.
Matt and Brody were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. You could tell they are passionate about manatee conservation.
Loved it but would wait until cooler weather so the manatees were more plentiful. Overall a great adventure!
Shame it was the time of year when the river was murky but enjoyed nevertheless