Watch the manatee play in our tour boat's ladder. They seem to have such fun.



Welcome to Capt Mike's Ultimate Manatee Tour

Tours 8 AM - 2 PM -- 7 days a week -- Year Around

Sunshine River Tours
1 SW 1st Place
Crystal River,FL 34429
(Pete’s Pier Marina)

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Over 11 years experience

This tour is priced at $99/per person
Click here for our 3 hour $40/per person tour

Introducing our new Mini-Private Tours. 3 hour tours starting Nov 1st.
7 AM and 10 AM, and possibly 1 PM depending upon demand.
$60 per person with a minimum of 4 persons up to a maximum of 6 or 8.
Call Capt Mike at 352-777-1796 for details.

Reservations: 1-352-777-1796
5 AM - 10 PM (Eastern Time)



Over the past 10 years my company has developed a reputation for customer care, cleanliness, friendliness, trust, timeliness, and dedication unmatched by any of the others in the manatee snorkel tour business. OVER 5000 TOURS AND NO COMPLAINTS, ONLY POSITIVE FEEDBACK.

After a safe return to Germany I would like to express once more our gratutide and satisfaction with your company!! This trip on 1-31-2012 was definitely the BEST we ever did concerning nature encounter and the memories will last a lifetime!! We enjoyed the professionalism and kindness of our captain very, very much. Absolutely outstanding and one of a kind! Multiple THANKS!!!!!! Hope to take part again sometime.
Best regards Barbara & Sebastian


Welcome to our VIP Manatee Tour. Our custom houseboat offers comfortable seating, an onboard restroom and changing room as well as many other features.

This is our premier manatee tour. It is the only one of it's kind in the world. Come and join us for an experience you'll remember for a lifetime.

Since we only serve 2 to 6 swimmers on board, our tours are more personalized and friendly. Each tour lasts approximately 6 hours. Due to the amenities provided, a 2 person tour minimum is required.

Now, 2 boats to serve you better on our Ultimate Manatee Tour.

Our new boat is larger and more spacious.

Our new 6 passenger houseboat

Ultimate Manatee Tour - new boat
Open deck on back for your comfort

The Interior reflects comfortable accommodations and amenities for our tour.

1. Over-size restroom/change room.
2. Comfortable heated boats.
3. Hot & Cold Beverages served throughout the day.
4. Over 100 Wetsuits various sizes onboard.
5. In-Water encounters 3-5 Hours in excellent conditions
6. Snorkel vests and Float Boards on board.
7. Minimum 2, maximum 6 passengers.

8. We recycle cans, bottles, etc. Containers are available on our boats and on the pier. Please help us to keep Florida "Green"

Capt Mike with our original houseboat.
Ultimate Manatee Tour - old boat       

The interiors of the new and original houseboat
Ultimate Manatee Tour - new boat interior    Ultimate Manatee Tour - old boat interior

We have the only heated boat in the area
When it's cold outside, it's toasty warm inside

Private Manatee Tours for your group only can be arranged as well as other amenities that you may want for your private tour.

Watch a video by Lauren Tjaden, Visit Florida's Adventure Expert going swimming with the manatees. Watch Video

We are going GREEN
Read more here

Read our Rules of Engagement
In keeping with our commitment to protect and preserve our manatees and their sanctuary we have issued some "Rules of Engagement". Our Captains will enforce these rules which are written to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy the majestic and gentle manatee. Please read these rules because we believe they will make yours and your fellow guests encounter much more enjoyable.

Capt Mike Birns has produced a "Float With the Manatees" video. In it, he describes proper interaction when in the water with the Manatees.
Watch this video on You Tube

Read a personal letter from Capt Mike that contains valuable tour information. Read Letter.

What our guests have to say about this tour
We took the tour on 24th as booked - we would like to compliment our skipper, Mike (no relation so he tells us). His knowledge of the wildlife including these incredible creatures made the experience for us and, contrary to some accounts of similar 'swim with manatee' tours, we saw that your team consider the welfare of the animals to be paramount. Thanks for an unforgettable morning, and the food at Crackers wasn't bad either!

"That is the way to do business. We certainly felt as if we got our moneys worth and then some"


"I like the way you do business" "HIGHLIHT OF OUR 2 WEEK HOLIDAY"

"Must do, very reasonable"


"Absolutely Fantastic"


"Awsome Time"


"Amazing Time"


These are actual quotes from past customers.

Read the actual emails that our wonderful guests have sent about the Ultimate Manatee Tour.private manatee tour

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A shot from our Ultimate Manatee Tour
Capt Jan with Jessica, Scott, Tonya, and Chris enjoy a tour

We accept the following major credit cards


If you would like to donate directly to the Friends of Chassahowitzka directly, please go to this link http://www.fcnwr.org/joinfriends.cfm and fill out their form.

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Cancellation Policy

We require fourteen (14) days notification if you wish to cancel a tour.  Reservation cancellation fee is $5.00. This is consistent with airline, car rental agency and hotel policies.  We will not refund short-notice cancellations.  We pre-charge all credit card reservations for the cost of the tour.  We have always required a credit card to hold a reservation.  Unfortunately, we have had a lot of people reserve spots on a tour and then not show up.  We make a commitment to you, who often travel long distances to get here, that you will have a seat on one of our boats.  We need the same commitment from you that you will arrive and be on time.  Otherwise, we needlessly disappoint someone else who would have liked your space(s) on the tour and / or we pay a Captain that we did not need.  This cancellation policy is to give us time to re-sell any seats left vacant and helps us keep our prices reasonable for you.  Thank you for understanding.

Wish to take an airboat tour? Contact Capt Stu at 352.302.9207 or visit his website at http://www.airboatours.com

Wish to dive in the local waters? Contact Michael Birns or call 352-777-1796
Professional Dive Instructor

Yes, from Orlando and Tampa. Our affiliate Wayne's Taxi can pick you up at the hotel or airport. Rates are $90 each way to/from Tampa and Orlando. We can accommodate up to 10 passengers.  For reservations call:  352.564.8294

email: captmike@manateeswimtours.com

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