Below you’ll find some details about what you can expect when you book a charter with us.


What’s included in a charter on Merry Manatee?

Guests will get to ride on our South Bay 24′ Tritoon boat. The boat is operated by Captain Joe, who is a USCG-certified Master. We’ll depart from a location along the Homosassa River that is convenient to our guests.  Any licenses, gear, or refreshments required to ensure your time on Merry Manatee is exceptional will be provided.


What can we see and do?

Activities depend on what our guests choose to experience. Here are some suggestions and details about the different activities:

Manatee Viewing: A river cruise to the Homosassa Springs where manatees may be sighted along the way, and particularly within the spring area.  Supervised snorkeling experiences in the water with the manatees are available.  Please note that wet suits are not provided.  The Spring water temperature is 72 degrees year round.

Gulf of Mexico: Enter the pristine, crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Homosassa River. Miles of shallow grass beds teeming with dolphin, stingrays, sharks, manatees and a variety of fish.

Photography/Eco-tour: Cruise along the Homosassa River where dolphin, manatee, birds and a variety of wildlife can be seen in a protected, natural environment.

Scalloping: Head out into the Gulf of Mexico to the grass beds where the scallops are abundant.  We provide snorkel gear, licenses, mesh bags, and an iced cooler.  Excellent summer adventure for the entire family!

Snorkeling: Dive into the crystal clear waters to collect delicious scallops that are abundant in our Gulf waters. Cool off in the summertime in our 72 degree spring water.  Many of our guests simply "chillax" on the boat while their friends and family members are in the water.  Connect to our Bose sound system with Bluetooth Connectivity to enjoy your favorite music!

Sunset Cruise: Watch a magnificent sunset in the Gulf of Mexico.  Sip your favorite beverage. Bluetooth your music of choice to our premier sound system. Enjoy the view as Capt. Joe ensures your safety and comfort.


How long is the typical charter?

Scallop charters last,  on average, 4 to 4.5 hours. Manatee Tours and Sunset Cruises average 3  to 3.5 hours.  We are flexible and can custom design the experience you are looking for!


Where does Merry Manatee depart from?

Guests are picked up along the Homosassa River, at a location most convenient for them.