Get nose to nose with a gentle giant: This will be one of the
fondest adventures you'll ever experience!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, located on beautiful Siesta Key Florida is the largest on-the-water Bait & Tackle Shop that offers Siesta Key Boat Rentals, Fishing Charters, Fishing Tackle, Jet Ski Rentals, and clothing for everyone. CB’s Outfitter shop & “Beach Boutique” on Siesta Key carries the leading name brands in outdoor sportswear for men and women, plus T-shirts for the whole family. So bring the family and stop by to see why CB’s on Siesta Key has become one of Sarasota’s must see landmarks since 1959, a leader in the sport fishing community. Open daily 7am – 6pm.
CB’s Boat Rentals (half day & full day) are for cruising, fishing, picnicking, or enjoying the sites that Siesta Key, Sarasota, Longboat Key and her surrounding areas have to offer. From the south end of Longboat Key to the Venice Jetties see Dolphins, Pelicans, Ospreys and other wildlife. CB’s Boat Rentals include Deck Boats, Pontoons, Center Consoles & Roundabouts.
CB’sORVIS Endorsed Outfitter’s Fishing Charter Service serves Siesta Key as well as Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota and Venice. The Guides offer exciting Fishing Adventures for anglers of all ages from novice to the expert—Inshore/backcountry & Offshore fishing charters for both fly-fishing & spin anglers. Sarasota and her surrounding areas has so much to offer as an estuary for some of the most targeted gamefish species in the world including tarpon from mid May–July, Snook, Trout & Redfish (to name a few) are found in Sarasota & Charlotte Harbor areas waters year round.
If you are looking for fun on the gulf coast of Florida, at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters on Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida you can find everything you are looking for, from fishing tackle to sunglasses & flip flops or a day on the water. Stop by today or give us a call to book your Boat Rental, Fishing Charter or Jet Ski Rental.
Blind Pass Resort
- Blind Pass Resort Condo-Motel -
Blind Pass Resort is located on the Island of St. Pete Beach, Florida, between the Gulf of Mexico beaches and Boca Ciega Bay. Close to everything, yet miles away!
The area is home to America's Award Winning Beaches. Caladesi Beach, America's #1 beach in 2008 and Fort De Soto Park, America's #1 beach in 2005. We offer 4 !/2 miles of pristine white sandy beaches occupying the entire space of Long Key, a barrier island at the east central edge of the Gulf of Mexico. We are only 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport.
Sea Critters Cafe, "A True Florida Treasure."
You really don't want to miss this place! Just minutes away from our Blind Pass Resort. Feature on ABCTV's "Tampa Bay Taste Tour," written about in "The New York Times" and won the St. Pete Beach Chamber of Commerce, "Hospitality Plus Award!"
Sea Critters Cafe is a Florida treasure! Visit us for a slice of Tropical Parrot-Head Paradise. Relax, unwind and dine dockside, deckside or inside. You'll enjoy a unique casual waterfront dining experience. Dock your boat and "Waste Away in Margaritaville!"
Free dockage is is offered for our diners and the full service "Barracuda Bar" offers the finest in libations with Raggae & Beach music playing inside and outside.
For that "Out-of-the-Ordinary" treatment, we welcome you!