Orlando: Manatee Encounter, Snorkeling, and Airboat Ride
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 12 hours
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We were picked up early punctually by an upbeat, enthusiastic driver who fed us a delicious breakfast and briefed us on our day. He seemed to realize that we wanted to eat and go back to sleep. We arrived at the office where we were to get our gear, and all went smoothly. Lacy and Whitney were our guides, and Chad was our boat captain. Lacy coached us on what we could expect once we got in the water and took us in for some practice. They all warned us that it was off season for the manatees and we might not find very many. Delightfully, they were mistaken. Manatees were below us and all around us. It was impossible not to touch them, although we'd been warned not to. We got back on the van for lunch and were on our way to the park and airboat ride, which were equally good. I would highly recommend this tour and these guides and will request them myself if I go back to Orlando.
This was the greatest!!! We were with Matt and Casey and they were so good to us. We got very lucky and got to see a mother and her calf. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. The air boat ride was a lot of fun… good to see alligators in their home environment. Be prepared to get wet!!!
The boat team was great despite bad weather.they were safe,Made it enjoyable. The excursion bus team was great as well. They were informative and helpful. The change rooms at the manager facility need a roof. It was pouring rain and impossible to change from swimsuit into dry clothes.
The driver was very friendly and accommodating. The dive staff was very entertaining. Diner food was great.
Amazing tour! The guide was knowledgeable and kind.