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Kids 10 years old and under 1/2 Price. Kids under 3 FREE with paid adult
Child under 3 yrs no cost, however every age is counted by coast guard as one person
Senior & Group discounts available!

 
 

Crystal River Manatees

 
  Manatees in Crystal River at Manatee Tour and Dive on Kings Bay. The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of several islands, totaling Approximately 46 acres and surrounded by the crystal clear, spring-fed waters of Kings Bay. The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is oriented toward preservation and protection of the West Indian Manatee and its habitat. During the winter when manatees concentrate at certain areas in Kings Bay and are designated, Manatee Sanctuary areas. These sanctuaries provide places for manatees to rest and feed undisturbed in the warmth of the springs. The refuge also aids in preserving Florida's most significant naturally occurring warm water haven for the manatee and provides critical habitat for approximately twenty percent of flow daily from more than thirty natural springs. The temperature of the water flowing from the springs remains a constant 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Manatees are like people and susceptible to cold and hypothermia and cannot survive from extended periods when water temperatures fall below 68 degrees Fahrenheit. These warm water springs are essential for manatee survival. This gentle giant is endangered largely because of alteration and destruction of coastal habitats by man. Refuge islands and surrounding waters provide excellent habitat for a large number and variety of wildlife species. Some of the more common bird species you may see adjacent to the refuge are herons, egrets, ospreys, laughing gulls, cormorants, anhigas, white ibis and occasional bald eagle. Fish are also abundant. Mullet, largemouth bass, alligator gars, mangrove snappers, jack crevalle, sheepshead and tarpon are seen frequently in the water. It is this natural abundance and concentration of wildlife that has captured the has made the Crystal River area internationally famous.

  The best time to see the Manatees is year round.  By swimming, boating, or diving in Florida's inland waterways, you may be endangering the life of the West Indian Manatee which is protected by federal and state laws. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered species Act of 1973 make it illegal to harass, capture or kill any marine mammal-including the manatee. In addition, the Florida Manatee Sanctuary act states. Its is unlawful for any person, at any time, by any means, intentionally or negligently, to annoy, molest, harass, or disturb any Manatee. Manatees can be observed and water related activities can be accomplished without violating the provisions of these three acts. the following guidelines are designed to help you better understand these regulations and explain how you can have a memorable experience while protecting the manatees.

 
 
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FROM KISSIMMEE / DISNEY

Estimated travel time 1 & hours depending on traffic

Travel north on Hwy 192 until you reach US Hwy 27. Head north on US Hwy 27 until you reach the Florida Turnpike. Travel northwest on the Florida Turnpike until it ends on I-75. Stay in the right lane and go north a very short distance to Wildwood exit # 66. (State Road 44). Take a left going west on 44 through the city of Inverness until it ends on US Hwy 19 in Crystal River. Turn right at traffic light heading north on US Hwy 19. Take a left on Citrus Ave (495) to N.W. 3rd Street. Make a right on N.W. 3rd Street. Manatee Tour and Dive is located on the right on Kings Bay.

FROM ORLANDO

Estimated travel time 1 & hours depending on traffic

Travel northwest on the Florida Turnpike until it ends on I-75. Stay in the right lane and go north a very short distance to Wildwood (State Road 44). Take a left going west on 44 through the city of Inverness until it ends on US Hwy 19 in Crystal River. Turn right at traffic light heading north on US Hwy 19. Take a left on Citrus Ave (495) to N.W. 3rd Street. Make a right on N.W. 3rd Street. Manatee Tour and Dive is located on the right on Kings Bay.

FROM TAMPA

Estimated travel time 1 & hours depending on traffic

Travel north on Florida Toll Road 589 to where it ends at Hwy 98. Continue on Hwy 98 until et ends at US Hwy 19. Travel north on US Hwy 19. Take a left on Citrus Ave (495) to N.W. 3rd Street. Make a right on N.W. 3rd Street. Manatee Tour and Dive is located on the right on Kings Bay.

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Travel north on I-275 until it turns into north I-75 and get off at the Brooksville/Orlando (Hwy50/98). Turn left and go through Brooksville. Continue on Hwy 98 until at ends at US Hwy 19. Travel north on US Hwy 19. Take a left on Citrus Ave (495) to N.W. 3rd Street. Make a right on N.W. 3rd Street. Manatee Tour and Dive is located on the right on Kings Bay.

 

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Manatee Tour & Dive
267 N.W. 3rd Street
Crystal River Florida
34428

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