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Homosassa River Snorkeling
Photo Location: Stump Pass Beach (FL)
COUNTRY: USA   PROVINCE: Florida Gulf Coast   (Printer Version)
TITLE: Homosassa River
NOTES: South of the town of Crystal River, the snorkeling in the Homosassa River estuary is known for the encounters with West Indian Manatees. The Homosassa River is very popular for manatee snorkeling in January and February. If you are planning a manatee snorkeling experience, you will want to come early on a weekday (the 7am trips are usually the best).

In order to snorkel with the manatees, you will most likely need a boat. While you could rent a kayak and try to snorkel off the kayak, the best experience will be to use one of the numerous charter dive boat operators. For most of these guided tours, it is highly recommended to make a reservation far in advance and try for the first trip of the day on a weekday. Make sure to reconfirm your reservation the afternoon prior to the trip since the boat tours usually require a minumum number of passengers to go out. Ask how many reservations they have and what the minimum number is required. They are known to cancel without notice.

When snorkeling with manatees, it is recommended to wait for them to initiate contact; only touch them if you are touched first to avoid scaring them off.

TIP: the water temperture is usually in the low-70's, so a wet suit is recommended.

Additional printed reading material on Homosassa River snorkeling can be found in Snorkeling Florida by from Brad Bertelli.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (352) 563-2088; American Pro Snorkeling Center (352) 563-0041
MAPS:  Florida State Dive Map from Franko Maps
SEASON: Jan-Feb.
RATING: Easy
BASE CAMP: Holiday Inn Express, Crystal River
LUXURY LODGE: Plantation Inn, Crystal River (800) 632-6262; Crown Hotel, Inverness (354) 344-5555
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