In the yearly undersea family reunion, the manatee is the beloved great uncle, sharing stories of his rowdy days as a professional pachinko player while munching on algae. Pay your respects to everyone's favorite aquatic patriarch with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a manatee encounter (a $29 value) and gear rental (a $20 value) at Snorkel with Manatees in Crystal River. Choose between the 7:30 a.m. tour and the 10:30 a.m. tour.
Snorkel with Manatees sets you on a journey to engage in close encounters with the manatee, nature's cutest cow. Friendly and inquisitive, these sweet-potato-shaped aquatic sweethearts are curious and willing to interact with their human visitors in games of water polo, which more often than not devolve into whimpers of adorableness. On the day of your tour, a Snorkel with Manatees captain will pick you up from the docks of Pete's Pier, where you will suit up in the provided snorkel equipment. To ensure an intimate experience, the captain will then take you and up to five other human people to the swimmy final destination for water time with the droopy-faced darlings of the deep. During the summer months, approximately 70 manatees will join you and your human chums, and during the winter months, aquatic attendance can reach 400.
Your attentive captain will be just as personable as the manatees, often getting in the water with snorkelers to ensure a safe and fun experience. Trained staff members are also on hand for water worriers. Through the course of your aqua snuggle, you'll form such a deep emotional connection with the manatees that you might even exchange P.O. Box numbers, joining the elite ranks of the human-manatee chain-letter exchange. Call to set up your outing.
This Groupon is not valid on holidays. Participants must sign a waiver.
- Just hanging out in the water with the manatees was incredible, as they were mostly completely unbothered by our presence and just kept on eating the sea weeds and grasses and one even went to sleep. – DarrelR, TripAdvisor
- We made the six hour drive from Miami just to swim with manatees. It was an amazing weekend getaway. Gene was great to go with--he understands the way manatees act in the wild and asks his guests to respect them. But doing it his way got great results! We got to rub their bellies and they even gave us kisses! – Ashley, Google Maps
- Just looking at these large animals swim by you is breathe taking [sic] enough, but getting to touch them and observe them in their natural habitat leaves me speechless. GO! DO IT!! It'll be worth every penny. – BearnJune, TripAdvisor
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.
2880 N Seabreeze Point
Crystal River, Florida 34428Get Directions