Glass-Bottom Boats Manatee Tours
Our tours stand apart from others as you’ll be transported in a glass-bottomed boatCaptain Mark
The Homosassa River–and particularly the Springs–are the winter home to a large manatee population. From November through April you have a very good chance of not only seeing manatee in their native habitat, but it’s also legal for you to swim and interact with them in the water. These gentle sea cows (as manatees are sometimes called) usually relish this interaction with humans and will often swim up to people in the water, roll over and let you rub their bellies. As a species recently classified as endangered there are several common-sense rules to follow while enjoying the manatees. We offer guided tours of the Homosassa River, providing a high likelihood of encountering and swimming with manatees. Since the manatees move from place to place based on water temperature and food supply there is no guarantee that you will consistently find them at the same location every hour of the day.
Our tours stand apart from others in that you will be transported in a glass-bottomed boat providing you a continuous view of the sea life directly below the boat. Expect to see fish (including porpoise), turtles, and even manatee under the boat, as well as all of the other interesting parts of the sea bed usually reserved for folks who want to scuba dive the entire river. We understand that not everyone wants to don a wetsuit during the winter months and jump into the water to swim with the manatee. Our glass bottom boat gets you as close to the underwater world as you can get while still enjoying the warmth of your dry clothes aboard the boat.
Homosassa Springs Marina is only 1 mile from the Springs and our boat will get you there in under 15 minutes. If we see manatee along the journey, the Captain will stop the boat and allow those who want to snorkel with the manatee to get in the water and interact with them. Rather than potentially spoiling your experience by throwing out an anchor, we use a Power Pole silent anchoring system which is quicker and quieter to deploy. This will not only get you in the water with the manatee quicker, but it will keep them from getting spooked by the noise of an anchor. We provide our swimmers with “noodles” to make it easy for you to float in place while enjoying your manatee encounter. You’ll also want a mask and snorkel and usually a wet suit to keep you warm in the winter waters. We rent all of the gear you’ll need to enjoy your experience (or you may bring your own).
“Booze Cruise” – an evening on our glass-bottom boat.
Give us a call today to learn more about this unique experience. You’ve heard of the trollies that take you around town to different bars, well, now you can explore the beautiful nighttime scenery of Homosassa Springs on our evening Booze Cruise. Having a full liquor license, we’ll have everything you need in the general store. Then all that is left is sitting back, relaxing on the glass-bottomed boat, taking in the sights, sipping your favorite drink, and crafting memories with friends and family on the water.
Call us today and ask about our guided fishing trips. We pair you up with an experienced captain that will get you on those fish.