Snorkel with the manatees with a guided tour from our U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captains. Our tours are conducted daily in the beautiful Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Get up close and personal with these amazing mammals and learn about our ecosystem and their habitat. Book your manatee encounter online!
Private VIP Manatee Encounter
Exclusive Encounters with Majestic Creatures!
- Private Group Up to six people
Enjoy an Exclusive, Private Manatee Tour in Crystal River, Florida!
Take in the beauty of Crystal River, Florida and the thrill of seeing our majestic wildlife on your own private tour. Your Gulf Coast Expeditions captain will give you an extended journey around King’s Bay, where our in-water guide will lead you in an encounter with our Florida Manatees. All equipment is included in the price, as well as hot and cold beverages and snacks. As an added bonus, we will include a USB drive with all of the photos and videos from your trip!
Much like Elephants on an African Safari, Manatees are protected in the refuge and may not be approached within certain boundaries, remember this is THEIR home we are visiting, so we cannot guarantee an encounter with these amazing animals.
Peak encounter season is November through March when the water temperatures lure these gentle mammals to the warm, spring fed waters of the Crystal River. While the water temperature is a consistent 72 degrees the air temperatures during these times vary, but they will dip consistently into the 30’s-50’s so you can get a little chilly once you exit the water.
If you are booking parties of 7-12 people you will need to book two boats. Both boats will go out together and stay together during the whole trip.
- Hats and/ or Sunglasses (Polarized Lenses are best to see Manatees)
- Swim Suit
- Comfortable/Warm Clothes to cover up once out of the water
- Wet Suits