The calm Gulf, consistently 72˚ F springs, spring – fed rivers and a variety of aquatic life make Citrus County an ideal destination for snorkeling and all experience levels of diving. Whether you are interested in snorkeling with manatees near Crystal River or diving into the cavern at the King’s Spring, the County has the perfect place for your aquatic adventure.
Citrus County amazingly clear springs have under water visibility of up to 100 feet, an impressive range for viewing equally impressive marine life. Crystal River offers one of best locations to see and interact with the Florida manatee
, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, also known as gentle giants.
Swim with the Manatees of Crystal River
Unlike other areas of Florida, the Federal Government allows for "passive interaction" between manatees and people in Kings Bay and surrounding area. This allows the ability to go face-to-face and gently touch and stroke manatees with just one hand, providing the manatee approaches you. We provide pre-tour education to our guests on passive interaction and how to best experience your swim, snorkel or dive experience manatee tour. Swim with the manatees as well as exploring all of the greater Kings Bay estuary and springs is extremely popular.
Dive with the Manatees of Crystal River
Most manatee tour experiences are best done by snorkeling while wearing wet suits, making the interaction as silent as possible, and the manatees more inclined to approach and get close. We maintain new suits and snorkel gear, all included in our manatee tours, as well as full-service facilities for changing, videos and pictures of your manatee experience, and more. This is a once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunity, where you can swim alongside these gentle giants as they play, eat, and socialize with one another. There is no better place to have a Florida manatee experience than with the Plantation on Crystal River Adventure Center.
Manatee swim-tours start at $30 per person
Enjoy our most popular all inclusive “Van Der Valk” Manatee tour $68 per person (7am till noon).
Full American Breakfast at Adventure Center
Scenic boat tour to King’s Bay
Visit to the Three Sisters Spring
Wet suit, mask, snorkel and fins
Towels, hot showers
To make a reservation or for more information: call the frontdesk (+1)352-637-1140 or e-mail