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Coast Guard–certified captains steer cruises across wildlife-rich King’s Bay, where passengers swim with & learn about manatees

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Promotional value expires May 4, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 6 per visit. Reservation required. Not valid on holidays. Subject to weather. Valid for all swimming and snorkeling skills levels. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Native Vacations - Crystal River: $25 for a Swim-with-Manatees Tour Package with Equipment Rental from Native Vacations in Crystal River ($55 Value)

Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man’s triumphs with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a swim-with-manatees tour package for one from Native Vacations in Crystal River (a $55 total value). The package includes:

  • Ticket for manatee tour (a $35 value)
  • Wetsuit rental (a $10 value)
  • Snorkel-gear rental (a $10 value)<p>

Children younger than age 2 may join the tour at no charge.

Native Vacations’ Coast Guard–certified captains steer cruises over the tides of King’s Bay, a scenic waterway lush with wildlife that provides an educational, up-close investigation of manatees. The three-hour tours—which begin at either 8 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.—start off with a brief video to acquaint landlubbers with the complex system of manners, laws, and holidays among members of manatee society. During a boat ride over King’s Bay, captains spin yarns about manatees and point out the dolphins, otters, wild pigs, and bald eagles that frolic on beachfront property. The captain anchors the boat beside a herd of sea cows and helps participants to slip into snorkel gear to swim with the 13-foot, 2,000-pound creatures. Naturally coy animals, manatees allow humans to take pictures, join in their herds’ slow-motion synchronized swimming, and even pet their voluptuous flanks.

If a herd is particularly reserved, the tour may extend past its three-hour mark to ensure an optimal experience for all; thus, the 11:30 a.m. tour may leave slightly later than scheduled. Salty sea breezes and freestyle races against manatees may leave cruisers famished, so Native Vacations extends a 10 percent discount voucher for Cuban fare at Cravings Cantina.

Native Vacations

The Native Vacations crew constantly views their surroundings with the eyes of explorers. They see opportunity on any terrain, and they search for adventure while aiming to preserve the landscape. On land, the crew coordinates horseback-riding tours that wind through the Withlacoochee Forest. As hooves beat a lazy drumroll in the dappled sunlight, riders watch deer and sherman fox pups as they dart between trees. In the waterways, Native Vacations leads kayaking tours, airboat rides, and snorkeling adventures. Kayak paddles leisurely stir waters populated by dolphins while bald eagles slip through the warm air, and airboats tear across the surface of the Crystal River with the metallic purring of RoboCop drinking warm milk. In the waters of King's Bay, guides teach snorkelers the basics of breathing underwater and allow them to pet any of the elephant-gray mammoths that approach.

Customer Reviews

210 Ratings

This was a great adventure our Captain Traci was great I couldn't ask for a better person to guide us, Traci is very knowledgeable of her job and loves what she does with a passion, I highly recommend this to anyone.
Kate C. · October 26, 2014
Amazing day with Captain Traci. She is really interested in environmental stewardship while providing a great time and a lot of laughs. This is a not to be missed trip! We will be back!
Karen W. · October 13, 2014
We had a great time! I have recommended this to many people
Karin M. · October 10, 2013
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    Crystal River

    2880 N Seabreeze Pt.

    Crystal River, Florida 34429

    866-466-2848

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