Frequently Asked Questions

In order to assist you in planning a manatee tour, we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. This should help you to learn about us and assist you in making reservations. We have provided directions to both the Nature Coast and to our pickup point.

The Manatee Swim Center has been described as a spiritual experience. Additionally we have provided information on things to do in the local area, including accommodations and dining establishments. Our hope is that your visit to Crystal River will be memorable as well as fun.

Here are driving directions to the Nature Coast and Crystal River, Florida. Directions Driving times are: 1.5-2 hours from Orlando, Tampa, Gainesville; 3 hours from Jacksonville; 3 hours from Sarasota; 3.5 hours from Tallahassee; 6 hours from Miami.

Yes, from Orlando and Tampa. Our affiliate Wayne’s Taxi can pick you up at the hotel or airport. Rates are $90 each way to/from Tampa and Orlando. We can accommodate up to 10 passengers.

For overnight lodging we recommend:
NOTE: These hotels will allow late checkout if you are taking our 10am tour.

Quality Inn ♦♦♦◊

4486 N. Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19N)
Crystal River, FL 34428

  • Phone: (352) 563-1500
  • Fax: (352) 563-5426

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Costs vary from $54 – $99. We have specials throughout the year. Call for current prices.

Check our times on tour sites.

To ensure comfort for our passengers and the tranquility of the manatees we only schedule up to 15 persons on our 24 passenger tour boat. Our Ultimate Manatee tour is equipped with covered houseboats and accommodates only 6 persons on each tour.
Manatee tours last approximately 3-3.5 hours.

Our boat is covered with clear plastic that can be raised or lowered and our boat is solar heated. Since we are only minutes from the springs weather is rarely a concern. However, we will cancel because of lightning activity.

We require a 7 day notice on cancellations in order to receive a refund. This will ensure that we can rebook your seat since our policy is to only allow 15 persons per trip.

We have kayaks for rent. Please visit our kayak rental page for more information.

Yes. We have partners that will accommodate you for diving the King’s Springs in Crystal River.

The Homosassa River averages 3-10 feet deep. The Crystal River is somewhat deeper.

I’ve never snorkeled before.
Your captain or mate will assist you in the water. For most it only takes a few minutes to become accustomed to snorkeling.

Yes, our associate is a certified PADI instructor.

Yes, but only for groups of 15 or more or on our Ultimate VIP Tour (minimum 2, maximum 6 guests).

The water temperature in the Crystal River and Homosassa River is a constant 72 degrees year around. This may seem warm but prolonged exposure could result in hypothermia. Therefore we recommend a wetsuit.

You can change into a wetsuit in our shop. Additionally we have a curtained area on the boat that can be closed off to ensure privacy while changing.

There are no age limits, just the ability to swim.

Manatees can reach up to 2000 lbs or more but are very gentle and curious mammals that love to play. For more facts click on Manatee Facts.

Bathing suit and towel. A sweat suit is recommended for after the swim.

Yes, it sometimes seems the manatees are posing for you. See Manatee Photos from one of our guests.

We have compiled a list of things to do in our area and most do not require a reservation. Ask him for a copy when you arrive for your tour.