Manatee Encounter Location




Single USD: $35.00
Product Code: PBW5UD

Everything you love about our Eco Tour... With a Sunset View!
Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The City is situated around the magnificent Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72-degrees Fahrenheit temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs designated as a first-magnitude system feeds Kings Bay. A first-magnitude system discharges 100 cubic feet or more of water per second, which equals about 64 million gallons of water per day. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida, the first being Spring Creek Springs in Wakulla County near Tallahassee. Kings Bay is home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions without that interaction being viewed as harassment by law enforcement agencies.

Our U.S. Coast Guard Licensed captains will take you on a journey through this lush landscape and let you experience first hand the natural beauty we often take for granted. Tours begin in the Crystal River National Wildlife refuge, and the points of interest are adjusted seasonally to ensure the best chance at a glimpse of the wildlife and fauna the Nature Coast is famous for. While the Manatee tends to be the "star" of the show and draws worldwide interest, the area is host to many other species including otters, bald eagles, swallowtail kites and more than 200 other species of birds that have been spotted here. Long before Europeans came to the New World, native civilizations recognized the resources of the Crystal River area and left signs of their presence, some of which have been excavated and made accessible to visitors at the Crystal River State Archaeological Site. Boaters can see many other mounds as they cruise down the river.

What to Expect
Manatee sightings can be year round; however, are more likely in the colder months. You can expect to see many variety of waterfowl, dolphins, and the ever present osprey. Most sightings are close enough for a small digital camera or cell phone; however, zoom lenses are recommended for better quality photographs. The captain will be accommodating to special requests at his/her sole discretion. We cannot guarantee any specific species will be spotted on a trip, but we will work our hardest to find your special moment.

Sunsets views are subject to weather always sets, but cloudy conditions can get in our way!

What You Should Bring
• Hat or Sunglasses (polarized is better to view Manatees from the boat)
• Bug Spray (dusk trips will have gnats)
• Comfortable/Warm Clothes to cover up as the temperatures on the water dip a few degrees
• Sunscreen

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