USA: SWIM WITH THE MANATEES: Family Snorkeling Adventure 2017(For All Ages)
USA: SWIM WITH THE MANATEESFamily Snorkeling AdventureDecember 30th-31st, 2017
Looking for some Family Fun?
Check out this awesome Adventure that is perfect for the whole Family. (Grandma and Grandpa too!)
Our Swim With The Manatees Family Snorkeling Adventure will have you in the water and up close and personal with these gentle giants. The Florida Manatee is a large aquatic relative of the elephant. They are grayish brown in color and have thick wrinkled skin. They swim so slowly that there is often a growth of algae on their skin. Manatees play such an important role in influencing plant growth in the shallow rivers, canals, and coastal waters. They are also our favorite aquatic animal because they are so sweet and playful! We'll teach you everything you need to know about these amazing creatures, including how to protect them! We just KNOW you'll enjoy learning all about the Florida Manatee, getting to swim and interact with them. It's truly a once in a lifetime experience.
What You'll Experience
This Adventure begins LONG before departure day. Once registered, you'll begin to receive information on attending the pre-trip online classes LIVE with your Trip Leader. These classes are a great way to get all of those initial questions answered, remove any anxieties about the trip, and to get to know each other better long before we actually meet in person.
We'll spend Saturday afternoon learning all about the endangered Florida Manatee. This is a fun lively afternoon that both children and adults alike enjoy to the fullest. We'll be adventuring out on a pontoon boat ride and private guided tour with our Trip Leaders. We'll start at noon with a delicious lunch (included), enjoy some classroom learning time before our boat ride, and finish our first day's Adventuring by 5pm. Wear good walking shoes and be sure to bring a sweater.
Sunday we'll meet at the dock very early, get suited up, have some instruction on snorkeling and spend the day aboard our privately chartered boats. A hearty lunch will be provided while onboard (included). We'll take you to the VERY BEST SPOTS on the river, where the largest number of Manatees are known to frequent. Our Trip Leaders will be with you in the water for the duration of the trip. You can Swim With The Manatees the entire time or climb aboard the boat and view these gentle giants topside while sipping hot chocolate under warm blankets. We plan to finish by 2pm on Sunday afternoon, but please do not make your final travel arrangements until we can confirm the time of our return to the dock.
This travel package offers a complete bucket list of marine science, education, boating, swimming, snorkeling and sightseeing… all in one Adventure-filled Family Trip.
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IMPORTANT DATES & TRIP DETAILS
The Minimums Date is the date by which this trip must reach the minimum number of travelers. If minimum is not reached, all travelers will receive 100% refund of their Trip Fee. We do not publish our registration numbers because they change daily. Travelers will be notified within 5 business days of the Minimums Date.
Pre-trip Online Classes help prepare you for an awesome trip. These classes are held once per week in the weeks leading up to the trip departure date. These classes are hosted LIVE online with the Trip Leader in our secure private classroom. We recommend all travelers attend these classes LIVE. Travelers can view the recordings anytime if necessary at their convenience.
This trip is open to (Ages: 5+) All travelers must be able to comply with the Physical Challenges required on this trip.)
Sorry, no single student travelers are permitted on this trip.
For the safety and security, criminal background checks are conducted on anyone age 25 or older. This is standard practice on all of the trips we offer, without exception. There is no additional cost to the traveler for this safeguard.
Travelers should be able to walk the equivalent of up to one 5k races on active days. (3-5 miles)
All Travelers (Ages 5+) must be able to swim in order to participate. (Floatation devices can be made available to aid travelers on the swim.) At least one parent is required to attend with their child(ren).
Physical training prior to departure: NOT REQUIRED however we do suggest nominal training (i.e. longer distance walking) prior to the trip.
Examples of actual on-trip challenges may include:
- Prolonged periods of standing/walking/fatigue
- Possible exposure to high/low temperatures and/or inclement weather (cold & wet)
- Navigating occasional uneven terrain on active days
- Navigating all personal items up/down multiple levels with no assistance
Please note that this trip does NOT accommodate handicap accessibility.
LUNCHES BOTH DAYS are included in your Trip Fee.
We apologize but we are unable to accommodate any dietary adjustments.
Travelers are welcome and encouraged to bring their own ready-made pre-packaged snacks/food items as a selected meal replacement if needed. Travelers will also have select opportunities during free time to purchase snacks on select days throughout their trip.
Typical SCHEDULE on this trip:
12:00pm Welcome, Intros & Lunch
1:00pm Classroom Activities
3:00pm Our Pontoon Adventure Begins!
8:00pm Meet at the Marina Dock
9:00pm Our Snorkeling Adventure Begins!
Keep in mind that our trips are planned “as the Lord leads us” which means the schedule will ALWAYS be subject to last minute adjustments. (We know this might be hard for you “schedule” people.) Rest assured, it will be an amazing trip no matter WHAT we’re doing! Allowing for flexibility in our daily schedule truly frees us up to experience life as the Lord leads us from day to day. This has freed us up for MANY an unplanned adventure!
Remember, your Trip Leader is an expert... you’ll be in great hands!
ACCOMMODATIONS are NOT included in your Trip Fee.
Hotel Accommodations are on your own, however, we'll assist you every step of the way with some affordable options that are available to you. We have a specific hotel in mind that is conveniently located close to all trip activities (it's attached to the Marina) and they provide an early morning breakfast so you're sure to be fueled up and ready for Adventuring!
We encourage all travelers to protect their travel plans by purchasing Travel Insurance.
Mission:Adventuring is a full service travel agency and can help direct you to some great plans. Please let us know if you are interested in receiving a quote.
Note: The most comprehensive plans are usually only available for purchase within 15 days of when your initial deposit is made.
|PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:Adult Trip Fee||Your Estimated Monthly Payment Would Be:||PAYMENT PLAN OPTION:Child Trip Fee(11 & under)||Your Estimated Monthly Payment Would Be:|
|Register in May 2017:||$79.17 / mo||Register in May 2017:||$62.50 / mo|
|Register in June 2017:||$95.00 / mo||Register in June 2017:||$75.00 / mo|
|Register in July 2017:||$118.75 / mo||Register in July 2017:||$93.75 / mo|
|Register in August 2017:||$158.33 / mo||Register in August 2017:||$125.00 / mo|
|Register in September 2017:||$237.50 / mo||Register in September 2017:||$187.50 / mo|
|Register in October 2017:||$450.00 / mo||Register in October 2017:||$350.00 / mo|
Trip Fee (Adult):$450 per personTrip Fee (11 & under):$350 per person
"We went on your Swim With The Manatees trip as a family of four and it was a great experience. We would definitely like to do it again. You adapted to our special needs child who has sensitivities and processing challenges, and our kids were given hands-on, loving connections with the Manatees. It's a trip we treasure in our hearts. Thanks so much Jen."
"I was most nervous about getting out there and not seeing any Manatees. However, I was very excited to go and then when I saw the Manatees it was amazing. After we got back, I couldn't wait to go again. All of the people were very nice and fun to talk to and the teachers were very knowledgeable, friendly, and patient. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to travel with Mrs. Henriksen again."
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