Must Know how to swim. Guests under the age of 18 will need to be with an adult. No pets allowed except for service animals.
Private Manatee Tour on a Houseboat in Homosassa
Set out over the emerald waters of the Homosassa River for an up-close look at manatees as they glide through the water. Take advantage of a houseboat for complete comfort as you enjoy your time out on the water.
What You Will Do
- Be on the lookout for the West Indian Manatee, a year-round inhabitant that draws tourists from all over the world
- Dive into the water to explore crystal-clear waters on a snorkeling tour full of natural wonder
- Relax on a fully-enclosed houseboat that offers warmth in the winter and shade in the winter, plus an onboard restroom
- Follow fresh-water rivers and springs where an abundance of wildlife thrives, both in and out of the water
- Private tour
- Mask, snorkel and wetsuit
- Continental breakfast and beverages
Must notify us 7 days prior to the scheduled tour for full refund.
- 82 Ratings
Our guide was knowledgable about the area and the animals. He and his son were professional and courteous, but also very personable. I love that they're respectful of these amazing wild creatures, nut also try to get the customer what they paid for. Overall a great experience! Loved it!
Tour guide, Christian was great. We were lucky with weather and with seeing manatees. The water was not as clear as we thought it would be, but clear enough. The only down side may be the age of the boat..though I could see if on colder day, it would be better than the other tours we saw in open boats. The only other thing would be the sizes of wetsuits...the size for one was off from the size we asked, so it was not huge deal, but we should of called to double check..overall a good day and a good experience. Better than waiting in lines all day for one ride at some theme park.
We had a wonderful trip with Nature Coast Manatee Tour! They had nice new wetsuits for us to wear, they led us right to the best manatee spot ever! Everyone in our group enjoyed themselves. I pet so many manatees I lost count. When we got out of the water they provided sandwiches, chips and drinks. Austin and Jake were friendly and informative. They even helped take pictures of us in the water! It was the best money I have spent in years! We are actually planning a scalloping tour with them in the summer! Thanks so much for such great memories, see ya soon!
We had a good time with Christian. We felt bad for him when our kids didn't want to get in the cool water. We attempted to get them to at least try it, but more than one of them ended up crying. Rather than take us back to the dock, Christian stayed on the boat with our 4 kids, so that my husband and I could get in the water with the manatees. Christian never complained or acted as if we were an inconvenience. We tipped him after the tour was over.
Our trip was very nice. Captain Christian was great! Very knowledgeable and fun. The only thing that wasn't 100% awesome was out of anyone's control. Only 1 manatee that day. We will definitely do this again. The whole family enjoyed it. There was so much more than just the manatees to enjoy and learn about on this boat tour. Thank you! We will be back.
Best parts were the experienced and personable guide, the space and comfort of the boat, with the ability to duck out of weather rain or too much shine and the fact that we were actually able to find and swim with the manatees...a very large and gentle creature.
We had a great manatee tour trip for 5 friends on a private houseboat. They brought coffee and bagels for our early morning excursion. We were able to see many manatee and our Captain- Christian was very helpful and fun to talk to about the area! I'd definitely book with them again!
Our family of 6 had a great day on the houseboat. The day was beautiful and we saw MANY Manatee. My 2 teenage children said that interacting with the Manatee was the highlight of their vacation.
Great trip saw tons of Manatee. Christians our captain was awesome
Captain Christian was knowledgeable, super personable and helpful. We all totally enjoyed the experience as one to remember forever. The boat and equipment is not glitzy and new, but is just fine. The joy of playing with manatees was truly one of the highlights of my life, such gentle giants, and Christian taught us so much about their habitat and behaviour, as well as many birds that we saw in the area. If you want to top off the experience with an amazing bite to eat, ask directions to a local pub/eating place called The Freezer. Its so local that there is no sign for it, but the BEST EVER steamed shrimp, smoked mullet and of course, ice cold beer. A wonderful day all around. Highly recommend the experience. Thank you Nature Coast for an amazing day.
Captain Christian was great, personable and did a wonderful job of finding manatees for us to swim with while making sure we followed the rules to keep them safe. Three very happy generations!
Christian was very informative he was punctual had snacks and drinks and really willing to customize the trip to our needs. He gave us a run down of the best places and best ways to experience the manatees and other natural wildlife along the river
What an incredible experience! One manatee followed us around for hours, wanting her belly and back rubbed, and all the manatees were so approachable and awesome. Christian was a wonderful captain and there's absolutely nothing to quibble about. We'll be doing it again as soon as my nephew can come down. Thanks so much for the perfect day!
We had a great time on your tour. Both boats were very well suited for the tour and both captains were friendly and knowledgeable. We saw many manatees, which I know is no guarantee but it all worked out great. My only suggestion would be that the captain's offer to take pictures for the customers. We got some on our own but could have gotten many more but we were too busy swimming and never asked. Other than that it was great and we would do it again. Thanks!
Christian is a very good captain who made this tour unforgettable. We swam with manatees, saw the monkeys and bird's islands and had wonderful time.
Best manatee experience ever, the captain was extremely knowledgable and personable . Worth every Penny!
The operators were helpful and knowledgeable. The boat is comfortable but not fancy. The kerosene heater was much appreciated! We had understood there would be coffee and a continental breakfast on arrival (we had an early start from Orlando) but hot chocolate and bagels etc were only offered after we swam. But all round a good experience and I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting the experience.
Our captain, Christian was the best!! Made sure we had a great time and got up close to the Manatees!! Will definitely use this company next time I have company and want to show them a good time!!
Cap.Christian was very knowledgeable and a great guide. He was welcoming and was eager to make hot cocoa for the kids and coffee for the adults when we were taking a break. The water was too cold for my son to wear a shortie wetsuit but he still got to view plenty of manatees from the boat. Wife and daughter fell in love with the manatees and the area. The boat ran a few minutes late but out time was extended. For a very private and intimate family experience I would definitely recommend Nature Coast Manatee Tours!
Christopher, the captain was very accommodating, knowledgeable and personable. All interactions with this company was very positive. I would return to this company if I do this again.
We had a wonderful time swimming with the manatees. Our captain Christian was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Guided us towards the manatees as we were swimming. This trip exceeded everyone's expectations age range from 11 to 70
Great Captain, made us feel like we were special. Had great knowledge. It may not be the newest boat on the water, but they treated us great. The whole party enjoyed the experience so much they al wanted to return back and swim with manatees again. Way better than Crystal River.
It was such an experience....one my family will never forget. Our captain Christian was great! We watched our kids swim and interact with these amazing animals in their habitat. We had a beautiful day which made the boat tour even better.
Christian was the bomb and made the trip a whole lot better and more enjoyable.
We had a great trip aboard Gabba dabba too! The captain had a great sense of humour and made the trip truly enjoyable.
Awesome experience !!
Our Captain, Christian, showed us a great time and directed us right to the manatee. He provided a wealth of information and was very personable. Although the boat and equipment (wetsuits) showed some age, it didn't really impact our trip. Much better than the group tours we have taken before.
Our captains were on time, friendly, informative, and laid back. They even made hot cocoa for us as we got out of the water. Our manatee encounter was incredible. Thank you!
Captain Christian was so nice and very informative the entire tour.
Christian, Our Captain & Tour Guide, was very pleasant and accommodating. The area of the tour is beautiful.
We had a great day on the water. I wish there had been a few more manatees but the weather didn't corporate. Christian was great!!
Really great experience! Christian, the captain, was thorough and taught us many interesting things about the "sweet potatoes". We were the only boat out, which was great. (Christmas Day)
Our guide was fantastic. He helped us locate manatees when we were in the water and made sure we knew and followed the regulations. Christian was great to talk with and he never seemed to be in a hurry. I highly recommend this tour! I want to go again!'
Wetsuits provided, and breakfast. We also got a great explanation about the manatees. Captain was nice and more than willing to help. Wish we could have seen more than one but at least we got to see the one.
Guide was very personable and gave us information/instruction. She did not ask for our Groupon, so I'm concerned that will affect you somehow. I know she was a "substitute". Let me know if it is a problem for you.
Friendly , low-keyed , affordable , Manatees !!! Erica was great !
WE FOUND captain Erika very knowledgeble friendly relaxed and made the trip very enjoyable
We had an absolutely amazing time. We saw at least a dozen manatee's and had up close encounters with several of them. Even my 7 year old was able to swim and play with manatees. When we'd had our fill of swimming (it was a cold morning) we had an enjoyable time sitting on the small deck observing the beautiful surroundings with manatee's surfacing all around us and other interesting wildlife. The captain was friendly and knowledgeable. The boat isn't fancy, but was all you need for a few hours on the river, we weren't there to be inside. Breakfast was coffee/hot chocolate and bagels/cream cheese & plenty of muffins.
Very professional, well-equipped, personable. It's great to have nature and manatee lovers as your Captain and first mate.
Tour guide was very knowledgeable, pleasant and professional.
We were unable to make the trip 10/16/16 and are rescheduling.....5 stars/Very Satisfied is rated for how the arrangements were handled and the care of Rose in wanting to be sure we have the best time when we reschedule!
The crew - captain and his son are very friendly and did everything to make the boat ride pleasant. We ( a group of 6 friends) did not see manatees but still we were swimming in the Crystal river and had nice time. We were offered a free voucher to repeat this tour during the high season as there were no manatees this time. The river and the nature around are very beautiful so we had a lot of fun.