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Get nose to nose with a gentle giant: This will be one of the
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Dolphins Manatees snorkeling Scuba Diving Panama City Beach. Floating in the shallow, clear waters of the Crystal River in Citrus County,Florida, You will be face to fuzzy muzzle with a 500-pound beast that looks like the result of an illicit act between the Pillsbury Dough Boy and an oversized basset hound. The curious creature, will regard you with expressive black eyes as he propels his rolls of cuddly, algae-covered blubber towards you with two stubby gray paddles. As you gurgle through your snorkel while this giant greets you, rubbing his undulating, elephant like hide beneath your outstretched hands, your thoughts will only be to exclaim..."WOW!

When the winter wind blows, manatees seek shelter in warm-water sanctuaries like King's Bay. These slow-moving marine mammals look huge, but don't worry, they are among the gentlest members of the animal kingdom. After decades of human contact, the harmless vegetarians have grown accustomed to people. But before you swim with the sirenians, learn a few things about their behavior. Manatees spend most of their time eating, sleeping and moving from one patch of weeds to the next. Like people, they have personalities. Some like humans, others don't. Be aware of this. If a manatee swims away, don't chase it. Use snorkel gear. Leave your scuba tanks at home, because air bubbles frighten manatees. If possible, wear a wet suit. You'll be more comfortable, hence more patient. You are more likely to have a pleasant encounter with a manatee if you don't rush it.

Give the manatee some space. If one does approach and you feel the urge to pet it, do so with an open hand. Don't grab it or hold it. Don't feed the manatees. There is plenty of hydrilla and other vegetation to satisfy their hunger. Don't separate a calf from its mother, or an individual from the herd.

Several dive shops in the Crystal River area offer organized manatee viewing trips. You can swim with the manatees on your own, but a guide is helpful if you are new to the area or uncomfortable in the water.

Get Wet with the Dolphins!

Swim With Dolphins
Watching a pod of dolphins cruise along just offshore is exciting, but actually swimming with them ranks high on the list of unforgettable moments. Dolphin encounters at Gulf World Marine Park in Panama City Beach put you in the water with its most popular residents.

If you want an even more in-depth experience, sign up to become a trainer for a day, shadowing real trainers, feeding the animals, and even joining in the Dolphin Show; (850) 234-5271. Marineland of Florida, south of St. Augustine, also offers Dolphin Encounters; (904) 460-1275 or 1-888-279-9194.

One of the most popular dolphin experiences waits at Discovery Cove, adjacent to SeaWorld Adventure Park Orlando. Before entering the water, you learn the hand signals that urge the 300- to 650-pound mammals to jump, chase a rubber toy, and wave a flipper. Reserve a spot in the new "Trainer for a Day" program, and you can work alongside animal experts and interact with dolphins and other creatures; toll free 1-877-434-7268 or www.discoverycove.com.

Snorkel & Dive with Manatees & Dolphins!

Crystal River Watersports
2380 NW Hwy. 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795 -7033
(877) FLA-SNORKEL Toll Free

Swimming with the manatees is one of the most memorable and unique experiences you will ever have. This gentle giant will warm your heart and you'll come away with an understanding of the need to protect this loveable mammal.


Sunshine River Tours
Manatee Tours
10330 West Yulee Dr
Homosassa, Florida 34448
(352) 628-3450
Toll Free 1-866-MILLSAP

Sunshine River Tours invites you to come Swim with the Manatees during the summer in the Crystal River and in the winter in the Homosassa River along the Nature Coast of West Central Florida. Manatees abound in our 72 degree (year around) spring fed waters. Get close to these gentle creatures and they may roll over and allow you to scratch their belly.


Steve's Scuba
669 NE Hwy. 19
Crystal River, FL 34429

The Crystal River Florida manatee and dive tour like all of our guided tours, is a safe for all from the experienced diver to the willing non-swimmer. Our highly trained Dive master and Instructors will not only guide you to the best locations for viewing the manatees on your manatee tour, but also help you to interact with them in a manner that is safe and fun for both you and the Florida Manatees. The dive master will also videotape both the manatee snorkel and the Crystal River Florida dive portions of your manatee tours.


American Professional Diving Center
821 Southeast US Highway 19
Crystal River, FL 34429

Start the morning snorkeling with the curious and playful manatees in the 72 degree Crystal River Florida springs. These wonderful, gentle giants, the Florida Manatee, come up to the surface during the tour for a friendly petting and even an occasional belly rub. After enjoying the incredible experience with the manatee, Snorkel in the King spring, the Main head spring of the Crystal River Florida, or enjoy the optional scuba dive into 30 ft. of open water at the Kings Spring to top off your manatee tour. An abundance of fish hang outside the entrance of the King spring cavern where the divers proceed on the adventure with the dive master into an open cavern that has fish, crabs, fossils and the maximum depth is 50'. A great adventure that is safe and fun even for the novice right here in Crystal River Florida.


St. Augustine marineland SeaWorld Orlando Key West Florida Keys.Crystal River Manatee Dive & Tour
267 Northwest 3rd Street,
Crystal River, FL 34428
Toll free 888-732-2692
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If Scuba Diving is your favorite, Crystal River Manatee Tour & Dive offers a variety of dive trips for the beginner to the most seasoned diver! From scuba diving the numerous 72-degree flowing springs in the Crystal River headwaters to offshore dives in the tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico Nature Coast, we offer it all! To those of you that desire the feel of catching the "Big" one, whether by hook & line or spear fishing (offshore), we offer deep sea, inshore, and bay trips.


Days Inn Hotel & Crystal River Watersports
2380 NW Hwy 19
Crystal River, FL 34428
(352) 795-2111
(800) DAYS INN

Accommodations in Crystal River on the water. 112 rooms, swimming pool, Manatee tours on site, snorkel & scuba dive, Charter Fishing, Boat rentals, kayak rentals. Scalloping tours in season.


Cap'n Mike's Manatee Tours
10330 West Yulee Dr
Homosassa, Florida 34448
(352) 628-3450
Toll Free 1-866-MILLSAP

Life is an adventure. Don't miss this one. Swim with the Manatees in the pristine, clear waters of the Crystal River on the Nature Coast of Florida. This area, along with Homosassa, is home to the largest concentration of manatees in the world. It is not necessary to be an experienced diver to enjoy swimming with the manatees.


Wild About Dolphins
Key West, Florida
Toll Free 1-800-593-6574
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Experience the magic of the Key West wild bottled-nosed dolphins!
Captain Sheri Sullenger will guide your journey through the sparkling waters of Key West. On your adventure experience the natural wonders of our coral reefs, back country mangrove habitat, diverse bird populations, and local marine life-- including of course the resident dolphins. Enjoy an opportunity to learn about the social behavior, physiology, healing and spiritual aspects of the dolphins. Witness the behavior of these incredible mammals in their own habitat. Snorkel and swim in the waters of the dolphin playground.


Florida Dolphin Tours
Florida Keys, Florida
Toll Free (888) 884-9575

Swim with the Dolphins in an Up front and personal dolphin experience. A One on One Swim with curious Bottle Nose dolphins. In this swim, contact is guaranteed with the dolphins. It is not a snorkeling program, and participants should be good swimmers and comfortable in deep water over their heads.


Wild Dolphin Adventures
Key West, Florida
Toll Free 1-866-296-3737
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A wild dolphin watching ecology tour and swimming snorkeling trip to Key West Florida's beautiful shallow water back country and Gulf of Mexico coral reefs. Watch Key West Florida's resident pod of wild Atlantic Bottle-nosed Dolphins in their natural habitat on your tour aboard the CORAL REEFER, a fast twin engine 28' custom built boat.
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