|Kayaking & SUP Tours
Do Not Disturb Manatee Tours
Paddle with Manatees Offered October through February
Our manatee tours are generally conducted on the less crowded Chassahowitzka River just a short jaunt
down the coast from Crystal River. Here, manatees can be observed in a more natural, relaxed, and
intimate setting with no crowding from the hundreds of divers looking to pet a manatee. While manatees
are the featured species, we will also explore more of the Chassahowitzka wilderness looking for
sightings of eagles, osprey, wood storks, wading birds, racoons, and otters.
With the onset of winter, these gentle giants migrate to the spring fed waters of Florida to seek shelter
from the cold. At a balmy 72 degrees, the springs provide them with life sustaining warmth. As spring
moves to summer, most manatees leave the area to feed in the shallow coastal waters ranging from
Tampa Bay to the Gulf Coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Learn about this unique marine mammal from our
marine biologist guide and master naturalists.
Keeping with the principles of true ecotourism, our encounters feature passive observation and a hands
off approach. We donate 10% of our tour fees from SMC members for manatee conservation.
"Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals "love" them. But those who respect their natures and wish
to let them live normal lives, love them more." (Edwin Way Teale)
Public Manatee Tours (Participants must be at least 13 years of age). $50 pp pt.
Private Manatee Tours (No age limit). $100 pp pt.
Kid's Manatee Tours for families with children 12 and under $65 pp pt.