Snorkeling With Manatees 

Looking at manatees from a boat

Snorkeling With Manatees "Tips"

Below you will find helpful tips on our location, local food and lodging that Captain Parker recommends. Listed below is our cancellation policy and our good neighbors policy. Captain Parker and crew wants your family to have a good time, so there are a few rules and tips to help.

You will meet your crew at "Landing 1-H 5297 S Cherokee Way, Homosassa 34448 at the Marina docks. When approaching the 4 way stop sign at the end of your route, turn right into the "Florida Cracker Riverside Resort" and park in the back parking lot behind the first green hotel building. Bring bathings suits, towels, sweatshirts and pants for after the swim and a small cooler if you choose. 

Experience Snorkeling With The Manatees, for an experience of a lifetime, the way nature intended.    Below is what you can expect when you visit us for your Manatee swim experience.

 

Upon arrival, and after signing the necessary paperwork, each guest will change into the rental wetsuits, or their own wetsuits.  After ensuring all the wet suits fit properly, we will play a short DVD, (filmed in cooperation with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service) which demonstrates how you must behave on a your tour while interacting with manatees in their natural habitat in the water.

 

Next, all guests and their US Coast Guard Certified Captain/Tour Guide will proceed to the "Landing" area and board our boats to embark on your manatee tour.

While touring the bays and rivers in search of manatees, your Captain/Instructor/guide will teach you about manatees and their habitat, and answer any questions you may have. You may also expect to see: Monkeys, Bald Eagles, dolphins, otters, wild pigs, raccoons and a large array of local snowbirds. 

 

Once the captain has found some friendly manatees, the anchor will be dropped and everyone will quietly enter the water to interact properly ( See Soft Encounters) with the manatees. You may be allowed to take pictures, swim/snorkel with the manatees, and even, if the manatees allow, a perfect photo with these amazing creatures, that is like winning the LOTTO.

Share your memories and thoughts of your Manatee encounter on your way back to the "Landing".

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Nearby Lodging & Eats

Florida Craker Riverside Resort
Monkey Island Homosassa Florida
Florida Cracker Monkey Bar Homosassa Florida

The Florida Cracker Riverside Resort offers a wonderful place to stay the night before your manatee swim. The Florida Cracker Kitchen has a nice breakfast for you and your family before boarding your manatee boat. Located on the Homosassa River. 

  • Free Wifi

  • Manatee Swims (CLICK HERE)

  • Riverside Pool

  • Lunch and Breakfast available on site

  • Kayaks and Boat Rentals

  • 10% Discount on hotel stay if tour is booked with us. 

5297 S Cherokee Way

Homosassa FL 34448​
 

Shellys Sea Food Market Homosassa Florida

Shelly's Seafood and Fish Market
 

  • Fish and Crab Dips

  • Fresh Grouper

  • Crabs and Stone Crabs

 

5380 S Boulevard Dr Homosassa Florida 34448

Natures RV and Resort

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Lodging | Natures Resort RV

10359 W Halls River Rd, Homosassa, FL 34448

  • RV sites

  • Waterfront Cabins

  • WiFi

  • Boat Rentals

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Holiday Inn Express

Located in Brooksville Florida just a 25 minute drive to your boat.

  • WiFi

  • Pool

  • Easy access to Veterans HWY

  • Continental Breakfast

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Publix Supermarket

Located in Homosassa on Halls River Rd and HWY 19

  • Minutes from the resorts

  • Best Subs in Florida

  • Best Fried Chicken ever

  • Picnic, snacks and beverage items