Wow! This sounds like so much fun. If you’re a local you know that Manatees are so much fun to go observe. Sounds silly, but they are amazing creatures. If you’re a homeschooling family-what a GREAT FIELD TRIP!! A hands-on tour for $25 (regular price is $55)
Desperate sailors of old oft mistook manatees for smoking-hot mermaids, which is easy to understand once you’ve glimpsed these gentle sea giants in six-inch pink flipper pumps. See for yourself with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a touch-and-swim manatee tour (a $35 value) plus the necessary wet suit and snorkel (a $20 value) from Native Vacations (a $55 total value). Native Vacations’ goal is to allow you to experience Florida’s natural splendor in an environment that’s intimate, immediate, and unmitigated by tourist crowds. Each tour requires a minimum of two people (maximum of six per outing), so tell your friends about today’s Groupon to form your own manatee swim club.
You’ll shove off for your three-hour tour at 8 a.m. from Native’s Crystal River marina and ply the shallow, dangerously inviting water of Kings Bay in search of easily apprehended fun. As you drive deeper into this Heart of Cuteness, Captain Traci will spout out facts about manatees and their habitat, answering any and all questions. Once she spots a particularly snuggly herd of seacows, you’ll slip into the water and sidle up to these 13-foot, 2,000-pound critters, touching them, photographing them, and seagossiping with them over a nice tender clump of seagrass. If the manatees happen to be particularly secretive on the day of your tour, your time on the water may be extended so that you’ll have enough time to get acquainted with the beasts.
Because manatees are a threatened species, you’ll have to sit down to a short film prior to disembarking that will fill you in on proper respect and manatetiquette. You’ll also a receive a voucher good for a 10% discount on a nearby Cuban restaurant, Cravings on the Water, that allows you to help save the manatees by binging on shrimp, their chief natural predator.
Call to make a reservation (spots are subject to availability, with weekends being particularly busy). This Groupon is not valid on holidays. Though manatees have a year-round presence in Kings Bay, many leave for vacation during the spring and summer months!
Get all of the details over on GROUPON.