Gift Certificate Private Houseboat - Intimate Encounter

  • Location: Crystal River, Florida
  • Product code: GCHsbt

Enjoy the unique privilege that is exclusively ours here in Citrus County Florida by swimming with the manatees in the spring-fed King’s Bay Wildlife Refuge! Crystal River is home to the world’s largest population of endangered manatee during the winter season, and even a small population the warm months.  Having the chance to encounter these curious, gentle giants in their natural habitat is an adventure that your family will never forget!

Embark on your journey with a Coast Guard Certified Master Captain and an in water chaperone, educator and photographer. Your tour will run three hours from start to finish and everything you will need is included for one price. You will begin at our full-service tour facility, where you will be educated about the animals in a classroom type setting and receive tips for your snorkel tour to make the most of your day. You will be taught the in’s and out’s of ‘passive interaction’ as this ensures that the animals enjoy the experience as much as we do! You will then be suited up and transported to the dock, where a Coast Guard certified covered pontoon will be waiting for you. This rich estuary will amaze…..birds, fish and wildlife abound! Submerge yourself in the manatee’s world! Finish your adventure by viewing your guide’s photos back at our facility and be sure to visit our one-of-a-kind gift shop! Our well-informed staff will direct to other local attractions, restaurants and answer of your questions before you are on your way. We guarantee that after you meet our friendly gentle-giants you will never be the same! You will never forget your adventures here in Crystal River, and chances are - we will see you again!

Our private houseboat offers you a personal experience unsurpassed here in the Crystal River Wildlife Refuge to snorkel with the endangered manatee. Enjoy this fully enclosed, heated vessel with the full attention of your very own Master Captain and In Water tour guide.

  • 4 hours from start to finish
  • Boat seats up to 6 passengers
  • Hot cocoa, coffee, water, juice and snacks included
  • All gear included
  • Walk in bathroom with door
  • Photo package available at end of your tour
  • Departing from River Ventures - Crystal River

Available 7 days a week, year round