In the yearly undersea family reunion, the manatee is the beloved great uncle, regaling wide-eyed dolphin calves with stories of his rowdy days as a professional pachinko player while munching on algae. Pay respects to everyone’s favorite aquatic patriarch with this Groupon.
$25 for an Underwater Manatees Encounter with All Gear Rental ($55 Total Value)
- A three-hour swim, departing at 7:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. (a $35 value)
- Gear rental, including wetsuit, mask, and snorkel (a $20 value)<p>
Helmed by an experienced captain, boats accommodate only six passengers per tour as they set out for the manatee sanctuary of King Springs and the 72-degree waters of Three Sisters Springs. Trained staff educate guests on proper interaction with the gentle underwater creatures as they feed or float beneath the water. Guests can rent an underwater digital camera for an additional $20 or take advantage of the company’s collection of underwater cases for iPhone and iPad. </p>
Snorkel with Manatees
Snorkel with Manatees' expert divers lead tours on underwater sojourns to discover peaceful manatees and environs beneath the waves. Offering both group and mini manatee tours year-round, the guides monitor each diver to ensure safe practice with the animals. Their Crystal River scallops tour scours the ocean floor for tasty scallops while avoiding crabs auditioning for The Little Mermaid revival, and the Snorkel with Manatees excursions explore the Crystal, Homosassa, and Chassahowitzka Rivers on airboat. They also teach the fundamentals of their craft during discover scuba-diving lessons.