Private Manatee Tours

The best manatee swim tour of them all! This 4 hour excursion includes all snorkel gear tv hot shower free wifi and contental breakfast!

 

 

Basic Manatee Trips

These manatee tours are 3 hours in duration at a rate of $50.00 per person includes all snorkel gear drinks only. This tour may be very cooler on cold winter days then the houseboat.

 

Scallop Excursions on the Gulf of Mexico

This trip is an absolute blast! enjoy a fun 6 hour day exploring the scallop beds of the Homosassa Bay. book soon starts july 1st

 

Sunset Excursions on The Homosassa

Enjoy a nice relaxing evening cruise on the  beautiful Homosassa River.

BYOB call for further information and availability

 

Swim With The Manatees

352-396-7525 Mon-Sun 6AM-6PM

About Nature Coast Manatee Tours.

 

Nature Coast Manatee Tours is located in the Crystal River and Homosassa Springs Florida area also know as Florida's Nature Coast. Crystal River and Homosassa Springs is located in Citrus County. Citrus County Florida is well known for and the only place in the world where you can legally interact with and snorkel with The Florida Manatees. Here at Nature Coast Manatee Tours we specialize in all private and non private, manatee swim, scallop and sunset tours. Over the time that we have been doing manatee tours we have had our customers tell us,boy I'm glad we chose to go with your company. The reason why customers say this is because, imagine yourself on another tour operator's boat that has a cattle call of about twenty or more people and possibly a manatee or two around that boat. This in turn makes the experience not as enjoyable for some people. Why is this? Because some of our guests will not have that one on one manatee experience that they where looking for. This is the reason why we only book small private and non private tours. Doing small trips of six people or less is a great way for our guests to be guaranteed that one on one manatee experience. Before we take you out on your manatee snorkel adventure we will be playing a 10 minute onboard video from the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service called, Manatee Manners. This video shows our guests the rules and guidelines on how to interact with the Florida Manatees on your excursion. We are conveniently located approximately 1.5 hours from Tampa or Orlando and 1 hour from Ocala. Swimming with the manatees is one of the most unique things to do in Florida and to most, an experience of a lifetime and some family's even say its even better then Sea World or Disney. If you would like please take a minute to watch our Manatee Manners video and see just how these wild Florida Manatees come up to you and interact with you. All snorkel equipment, wet suits and beverages are included with your tour. If you are interested in one of our private or non private manatee tours with these gentle giants please make your reservations by calling the number above. Because of the growing manatee population, we now offer manatee tours all year round so you can come and snorkel with manatees at anytime of the year. If manatees is not your thing we also offer other private or non private adventures as well as scalloping fishing and sunset trips just as us about them when you give us a call!     

Notice:

All manatee tours are conducted 7 days a week ALL year round we do have manatees but we cannot guarantee how many there will be on any given day and also how well they will socialize on any given day the manatee is a wild animal. Please call at least 7 days in advance although you may call anytime for availability. Please be on time! It is very important that you allow adequate travel time. The boat CAN NOT wait longer than 10 Mins. past your scheduled departure time. If you are more than 10 minutes late you will have to reschedule.

 

 

 

Manatee Manners

This is a video that we show you on the day of your tour. It is created by the US Fish and Wildlife Service on how to properly interacact with these gentle giants. We encourage all guests to watch this video before the tour because it ensures the protection of these great gentle creatures, and it also brings awareness that you can accidently cause harm or harassment to the manatees without knowing it. But hey if the manatee kisses you all day long thats ok just have fun!

Manatee Facts
Manatees take up residence primarily in Florida's coastal waters during winter. Some individuals migrate as far north as the Carolinas or as far west as Louisiana in summer. In recent years, a manatee traveled to New York and Rhode Island another swam up the Mississippi River! The Manatee can also 50-60 years in the wild. The manatees are also Well known for their gentle, slow-moving nature, manatees have been known to body surf or barrel roll when playing. They normally rest and feed often. Manatees communicate by making squeaking noises under water to demonstrate fear, stress or excitement. Calves are born weighing between 60 and 70 pounds guided by the mother the calf will remain dependent on its mother for up to two years. Citrus County, FL. is well known for its Manatee's and It is the only place in the world where you can legally interact with Florida Manatees. People all over the world travel here just to see the manatees. Manatee's are playful mammals that swim into the 72' springs to avoid the cold temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico during the winter months. Manatees have a tough leathery skin like an Elephant, and their flippers have toe nails that look like flat elephant feet. Coast Manatee Tours is located in the Crystal River and Homosassa Springs Florida area also know as Florida's Nature Coast. Crystal River and Homosassa Springs is located in Citrus County. Citrus County Florida is well known for and the only place in the world where you can legally interact with The Florida Manatees. Here at Nature Coast Manatee Tours we specialize in all private and non private, manatee swim, scallop and sunset tours. Why do we choose to specialize in all private and non private tours of 6 people or less? This is because most of our guests appreciate the family oriented tours. Over the time that we have been doing manatee tours we have had our customers tell us, boy I'm glad we chose to go with your company. The reason why customers say this is because, imagine yourself on another tour operator's boat that has a cattle call of about 20 or more people and possibly a manatee or two around that boat. This in turn makes the experience not as enjoyable for some people. Why is this? Because some of our guests will not have that one on one manatee experience that they where looking for. This is the reason why we only book small private and non private tours. Being a private or non private tour of 6 people or less is that our guests will be guaranteed that one on one manatee experience. Before we take you out on your manatee snorkel tour we will be playing a 10 minute onboard video from the U.S. Fish Wildlife Service called, Manatee Manners. This video shows our guests the rules and guidelines on how to interact with the Florida Manatees on your tour. We are conveniently located approximately 1.5 hours from Tampa or Orlando and 1 hour from Ocala. There are three different fresh water springs in the Crystal River that are 72' all year round that we can visit during your encounter. Swimming with the manatees is one of the most unique things to do in Florida and to most, an experience of a lifetime and some family's even say better then Sea World or Disney in our guest book. If you would like please take a minute to watch our Swim With The Manatees Video and the Manatee Manners video and see just how these wild Florida Manatees come up to you and interact with you. All snorkel equipment, wet suits and beverages are included with your tour. If you are interested in one of our private or non private manatee tours with these gentle giants please make your reservations by calling the number above. Because of the growing manatee population, we now offer manatee tours all year round come and snorkel with manatees.

Places To Eat & Places Stay

Hungry? While your in the area we encourage all our guests to go enjoy a true Florida Gem. We recommend you take the time to visit one or both of our favorite placesNeon Leons Zydeco Steakhouse Cajun oriented andIke's Old Florida Kitchen waterfront resturant with fine dining. Cody's Original Roadhouse is another great place to eat Tubs of roasted peanuts are available throughout for snackin', crackin' or throwin' on the floor. You'll enjoy Cody's fresh cut, flame broiled, USDA prime and choice Steaks, Prime Rib, Rotisserie Chicken, Pork Back Ribs, Fresh, Fresh Fish, Burgers, Fajitas and more. AtCody's, we're proud of our expert cooking skills and we've put the grill front and center for your viewing.
All told, Cody's Original Roadhouse is a fun, casual, family friendly Roadhouse that serves Just Plain Good Food. You won't go home hungry or broke you'll just go home happy! If none if the above interest you then we would recommend taking a short hour and fifteen minute drive south on U.S 19 and visit the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs. Need a great place to stay? we recommendThe Last Resort Homosassa Waterfront Lodgeing at the best location on the Homosassa River. 352-628-7117
If you do stay at The Last Resort please tell them Capt. Jake sent you.

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Things To Do!

Visit Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park Homosassa Springs Wildlife park is a refuge where injured or orphaned manatees which have received treatment at a critical care facility are housed, fed, and cared for  until released or for the rest of their lives, depending on whether or not the animal is expected to be able to re-acclimate itself to life in the wild. The park centers around a large freshwater spring which is the headwater for the Homosassa River - flowing about 2 million gallons of 72-degree spring water every hour. The springs constant temperature attracts manatees during the colder winter months to the springs area. Wild manatees are separated from the parks manatees by a special fence which spans the width of the flow several hundred feet from the main spring. The park features a floating observatory which enables you to get up-close with the swimming manatees with windows to allow you to see them feeding, playing and cavorting in the warm spring waters. The spring's clear warm water also attracts a number of other native fishes, which gather in large circling schools above the springs outlet - and can easily be seen from the observatory. The manatees at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park are fed a variety of greens and vitamins to simulate their normal diet of sea grasses and vegetation. To feed a single manatee can cost in excess of $1000.00 per month in lettuce and greens. Currently there are 9 manatees at the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Besides the main-attraction manatees, the park also showcases other native Florida wildlife - including alligators, crocodiles, native birds, and many other animals - all in a beautiful, natural setting which makes a visit to the park more than a fantastic manatee experience. For more information on the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, please contact them a 352-628-2311. You may also enjoy checking out a 14 acre State Archaeological Site where the Indians lived which is located in Crystal River, which is 6 miles from Homosassa. Maybe you would like to Go Fishing! This area is great for Trout Redfish Cats! if you don't go with me I highly reccomendCapt. William Toney If you want to see another part of Florida  then we recommend WeekiWachee Springs State Park  once there it houses flume rides and real mermaids the kids love it! Weeki Wachee is about about a 20 minute drive from the Homosassa and Crystal River area well worth it!

Live Manatee Cam Bow View

Daily 10 AM

Watch live streaming video from privatemanateetour at livestream.com

Cancellation Policy

Due to our limited number of tours we have found it necessary to implement a cancellation policy. When you make a reservation with us it means that someone else may be turned away if they try to book that date and tour. We make a commitment to our guests when we reserve a tour on their behalf and require a commitment from our guests in return. We require seven (7) days notification if you wish to cancel a tour. We will not refund short-notice cancellations. We pre-charge all credit card reservations for the cost of the tour. this is to insure that people don't book a tour and then not show up. Thank You. No call no shows will be charged the full amount of their scheduled tour and is not subject to refunds.

Driving Directions

All tours depart from the public boat ramp, located next to 5300 South Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448. Please DO NOT park in the Macreas Parking Lot,  all tours MUST park at boat trailer parking lot next to the 4 way stop.  Thanks Managment