Hurly's Manatee Safari

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WHY GO ALL THE WAY TO CRYSTAL RIVER?

If you're a Tampa Bay resident there is now an alternative to the 2.5 hr drive to Crystal River to see the Manatee......

Join Hurly's Wet Adventures on the Week Wachee River

for a fun Manatee Safari!

Our US Coast Guard certified Captains will guide you

on a 3 -4 hour river experience 


We offer a few different options.

 Boat Ride  $49

Snorkel or Dive with Manatees  $69

Add a rental scuba kit for $30

Try Scuba w/ Manatees  (non-certification)  $150

Learn-2- Dive  with Manatees (3 Day course)   $399

*******BOOK YOUR SAFARI BELOW ******


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BEAUTIFUL GENTLE GIANTS

The Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is a large, slow-moving marine mammal with an elongated, round body and paddle-shaped flippers and tail. Manatees are herbivores, feeding solely on seagrass, algae and other vegetation in freshwater and estuarine systems in the southeastern United States. Florida manatees can be found as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts during summer months, but during the winter, manatees congregate in Florida, as they require warm-water habitats to survive. Abundance of the subspecies has increased over the last 30 years, which recently prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to down list the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened. However, due to their slow speed and relatively high buoyancy, manatees are often struck by vessels, which is the primary cause of human-related deaths of the species. Additionally, manatees continue to be threatened by loss of warm-water habitat and periodic die-offs from red tides and unusually cold weather events. 

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KNOW THE LAW BEFORE YOU INTERACT

 

  • water. If manatees become accustomed to being around people, they can alter their behavior in the wild, perhaps causing them to lose their natural fear of boats and humans, which may make them more susceptible to harm.
  • Do not pursue or chase a manatee if you see one while you are swimming, snorkeling, diving, paddling or operating a boat.
  • Never poke, prod or stab a manatee with your hands, feet or any object.
  • If a manatee avoids you, do not chase the animal for a closer view.
  • Give manatees space to move. Avoid isolating or singling out an individual manatee from its group and do not separate a cow and her calf.
  • Keep hands and objects to yourself. Don't attempt to snag, hook, hold, grab, pinch, hit or ride a manatee.
  • Avoid excessive noise and splashing if a manatee appears nearby. The manatee may be resting and may surface without being aware of your presence. Noise and activity may startle the animal awake, which may put it in harm’s way if it is frightened and leaves the area.
  • If the site you visit allows in-water activities near manatees, use snorkel gear and float at the surface of the water to passively observe manatees. The sound of bubbles from SCUBA gear or other devices may cause manatees to leave the area.

WELCOME TO HOSPITAL HOLE

What is a Manatee Video

Learn about the West Indian-FL Manatee

Manatee Safari

Our Manatee Safari Program Options

Boat Rider-Manatee Spotter                    $49.95 

Snorkler  or Diver                                     $59.95 

 (Snorkel equipment inc)

Diver +Rental Gear  (1 tank)                    $89.95

Try Scuba w/ Manatees                          $150.00

Learn-2-Dive w/ Manatee                        $399.00

  (4 day Certification Program)

 

COMPLETE YOUR LIABILITY FORM HERE

Please print and complete our liability form and bring with you to your charter.