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Swimming with Manatees - Tour from Orlando

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Key Highlights

  • Hotel pick up and drop off and transport in an air conditioned vehicle
  • See elusive and highly endangered birds and animals at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
  • Enjoy the unique experience of swimming with the gentle manatees
  • Breakfast and Lunch are both included in the tour
  • Tour is led by an English speaking guide
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Saturdays

    Duration

    Approx. 11 hours

    Start time

    Start time: Main Gate Lakeside: 06:55am
    Big Orange: 06:40am
    Disney all Star Music: 06:50am
    Crossroads Plaza Goodings Store: 06:30am
    Sheraton 4 points Studio City: 06:05am
    Quality Inn International: 06:10am
    Rosen Inn Pointe: 06:20am
    Doubletree International: 06:25am
    Duration: Approx. 11 hours

    Meeting Point

    Client should make their way to the meeting point locations in the following areas: International Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Kissimmee (Hwy 192).
    Main Gate Lakeside: 06:55am
    Big Orange: 06:40am
    Disney all Star Music: 06:50am
    Crossroads Plaza Goodings Store: 06:30am
    Sheraton 4 points Studio City: 06:05am
    Quality Inn International: 06:10am
    Rosen Inn Pointe: 06:20am
    Doubletree International: 06:25am

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at the starting point.

  • Overview & Itinerary

    Overview

    The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the best places to enjoy close contact with the endangered West Indian manatees. This 40-acre sanctuary is a protected manatee habitat and is home to approximately only 2600 of these gentle vegetarian mammals under threat from development, pollution, and motorboats.

    Here you can choose to snorkel and swim in the crystal clear water, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the natural surroundings on the boat tour. Manatees, also known Sea Cows, are gentle giants and when snorkeling they will often come to greet you or even roll over to be tickled.

    Nearby is the Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park - one of Florida’s best kept secrets. At this 185 acre sanctuary, you will have the chance to view many of Florida’s endangered animals such as the state panther and also visit an underwater viewing chamber for the manatees.

    Itinerary

    You will be picked up from the designated meeting points or from your hotel in Orlando and taken in an air-conditioned coach to the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

    You will be provided with a breakfast bag and you cane enjoy its contents during the journey – bread and butter, muffin, turnover pastry, piece of fruit and orange juice.

    Arrive at the Crystal River, home to the highly endangered manatees. These gentle, slow-moving mammals are completely defenseless and spend much of their time feeding and resting. Enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Crystal River. Those who desire a more intimate encounter with these manatees can enter the narrow corridor at King Spring sanctuary to swim and snorkel with them. Mask, snorkel and fins will be provided to you on the boat. Be careful not to create too much noise as it is forbidden.

    The tour will break for lunch.

    Proceed towards the Homosassa Springs State Park, famous for its endangered animal and bird species. The natural spring in the middle of the park attracts thousands of fresh ad salt water fish here every year, a phenomenon not seen anywhere else.

    At the end of the tour you will be dropped back at the starting point.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking professional driver/guide
    • Mask, snorkel, and fins
    • Boat ride on Crystal River
    • Entrance fee to Homosassa State Park
    • Breakfast bag and lunch

    Exclusions

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Wetsuit (available to hire on the day if required)
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Headset translators can be ordered in advance or upon arrival (additional charges apply) in order to translate the facility tour, these are recommended for non-English speaking guests.

    If the guest wants the hotel pick up, they need to pay $10 per person to a maximum of $25 per family per tour to their driver on the day of their tour. They may pay cash or credit.
    For pick-ups in Downtown Orlando additional surcharges may apply.
    There are no pickups in Altamonte Springs, Maitland, Winter Park or the UCF Area.


    Meals are tentative and subject to change.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.Translations in seven different languages available on request.Though the adult manatees can be as large as 13 feet and weigh more than 3,000 pounds, they are completely defenseless and are gentle mammals. The boat ride to spot the manatees is approx 90 minutes; however, it depends on the time taken to find the manatees.Wetsuits are available for an extra cost
  • Reviews
    • Swimming with Manatees - Tour from Orlando

      Brilliant fun....

      Mr M J Brookes
    • Swimming with Manatees - Tour from Orlando

      Great day. Highly recommended....

      Mr M J Brookes