Crystal River

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 254 reviews

Great experience to explore outside of the theme park locations to see the big friendly giants of the sea. I appreciate that the tour company waited for me when I was lost trying to find the pick up location in the morning, a very relaxing ride with our food provided leaving us to focus on the experience without having to run around organizing everything. I also appreciated the effort of the staff on the boat tour to try and find us manatees which unfortunately were not easy to find due to the unusually warm weather in February. The Homosassa Wildlife Park was a lovely experience and very easy to navigate around with an array of animals and bird life. The airboat ride was a fantastic finish as I had not been on one before and we were right up the front where the driver gave us a good spray of water! Overall great experience, thank you to all parties involved that made it a great day.

It was great to swim with the Manatees. Well organized, good introduction and explanation. It is worth to book for small groups to max 6 people. Once I was alone and had one Manatee next to me, but another boat was close and 3 mins later there were 13 people and of course the manatee disappeared. But I had several encounters with the lovely giants and enjoyed every single one. Our tour guide was not best in taking pics or vids, many pics were not focussed well. Bring your GoPro, it is worth it and you get great pics/vids even in the unclear water. I would book with River Adventures again if we go swimming again with Manatees. It is good to know that the Manatees are heading out to the sea when the water gets warm enough (above 72 or so), book your trip accordingly to make sure you see plenty of them.

Wade and Trish (our guides) were fantastic, and so was our tour! They greeted us on the boat with hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks! Trish led us in the water while we snorkeled next to the manatees, and by the end of the tour we had nicknamed Trish the “manatee whisperer” due to her ability to instantly befriend these gentle animals. Some manatees floated past us, while others wanted to hand out with us a while! It was an incredible experience, and my family already is planning another trip back! We highly recommend meeting a manatee, and having Wade and Trish as your guides!

It was an amazing trip. We were so near to the manatees and also got really nice pictures and videos. One of our guides Crystal took them and we are very happy that we booked this tour. Even if it was very cold that morning, it was one of the best things we ever did!

Fantastic experience, the guides Jose and mr stark were brilliant, friendly helpful and took some amazing photos during the experience. The manatees were everywhere and were really active, approaching for fuss and attention. Couldn’t recommend this enough.