What You'll Get
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 at Snorkel with Manatees, located in Crystal River. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a manatee encounter plus rental snorkeling gear (a $49 value).
- For $14, you get a dolphin encounter (a $29 value).
Snorkel with Manatees sets you on a journey to engage in close encounters with nature's cutest cow and the only non-human to best Bobby Fischer in chess. Friendly and inquisitive, the sweet-potato-shaped manatees 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. Before departing with a Manatees captain, you will suit up in the provided snorkel equipment. Ensuring an intimate experience, the captain will take you and up to five other human people near the mouth of the Crystal River for three hours of water time with the droopy-faced darlings of the shallows. 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 scuba and swim instructors are also on hand for water worriers. Choose between the 7:30 a.m. tour and the 10:30 a.m. tour.
With the second deal, you'll snap photographs from a high-speed boat as swift dolphins jump, splash, and solve Rubik's Cubes in the blink of an eye. Dolphin sightings occur on eight out of every 10 sightseeing trips to the mouth of the Crystal River, with occasional American bald eagle and wild pig sightings during the cruise along the beautiful river. Choose between the 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. tour.
TripAdvisors award Snorkel with Manatees an average of five owl eyes and Google Mappers give Snorkel with Manatees a five-star average. TripAdvisors named it the third most popular Crystal River attraction.
- 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! – Google Mapper on 03/22/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required; subject to availability. Valid only for option purchased. Cancellation policy applies. Must sign waiver. Must have 2-6 people per tour. Not valid on holidays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.