Is this for real, can I really swim with and touch a mantee?
Yes, this is a very real encounter with a wild animal in it's natural habitat. As far as touching, this experience is nto about touching, however, if the manatee initiates contact with you, you allowed to touch, following several rules. Touching a manatee is only allowed in Citrus County, Florida.
Am I going to see and alligator?
More than likely, you will not see an alligator on the Homosassa River, or where you will be swimming. Seeing alligators in our area is very rare, and the few times that we have seen them, they are small, scared of us, and will quickly swim away. Alligators do not like the cool, flowing water of the river, or the activity from people.
What do I need to bring?
In the summer months, you will need a towel, swim suit, a shirt or cover-up, we provide Reef Safe sunscreen.
In the winter months, you will need a towel, swim suit, warm clothing, we provide hot drinks and blankets.
Which is the best tour time?
Whichever time you choose, is the best time. Our tours times are for ours and your convenience, and has nothing to with the manatees "schedule". Manatees do not have a schedule of any kind, and every tour is different.
Where is this amazing encounter?
We are about 2 hours West of Orlando, and 1 hour North of Tampa, in Citrus County. Specifically, we are located in Homosassa, Florida.
Do you have age restrictions?
No, anyone can do this amazing experience, all ages are welcome. This is very east, you just float on the surface with a pool noodle, and relax. All passengers under the age of 18 must h ave a guardian or parent on the boat. The parent or guardian also counts as a passenger, even if just riding on the boat. Please include all passengers when booking.
Can I just ride on the boat, and watch my kids and/or family?
Absolutely, we would call you a "Bubble Watcher", and you are welcome to join. We only take 6 people per boat, and all passengers, including Bubble Watchers, friends, grandparents, small children or babies, and anyone else you want to bring, is considered a seat on the boat.
Are there big waves?
No, waves. Our swim with the mantees program takes place in a river, without much current, with fresh and shallow water.
What kind of boats do yo use?
We use pontoon boats, that have room for up to 10-12 people, but we keep our limit of passengers to 6. If you have more than 6, call us, and we will put you on two boats.
Can we take pictures?
You are welcome to take pictures above and below the water, if the visibility allows. Manatees do not mind having their photo taken, and there is plenty of wildlife to see as well. We do have underwater rental cameras available for $20, at check in. They do require a Micro SD Card. We also have disposable underwater cameras available, and underwater cases for your smartphones.
How cold is the water?
The water in the Homosassa River, near the Springs is always 72-73 degrees Farenheit / and approximately 22 degrees Celsius.
How cold is the air temperature in the winter?
Obviously, the temperature can vary, however, the temperature can be as low as 30 degrees Farenheit, up to 60 degrees Farenheit in the winter months. Winter can start as early as October or as late as December, can last into March or April.
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