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Explorida Ranks Top 10 Bucket list Experience in the Globe!

Explorida’s Great Traveler Reviews Land it a Place Among Travelers’ Favorites

Crystal River, Florida – June, 2022 – Trip Advisor, the worlds largest travel guidance program,  has officially announced the 2022 Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” Award Winners for the top bucket list experiences across the globe. We are proud to announce that Swimming with Manatees at Explorida Adventure Center has made the cut!

“Congratulations to the 2022 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Winners,” said Kanika Soni, Chief Commercial Officer at Tripadvisor. “The Travelers’ Choice Awards recognize the best in tourism and hospitality, according to those who matter most: your guests.”

The Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” award is Trip Advisors highest recognition. The BOB Award is presented annually to those businesses that earn excellent reviews from travelers and are ranked in the top 1% of experiences worldwide. Trip Advisor showcases the reviews of nearly 8 million businesses, so being in the top 1% is a huge accomplishment for Explorida!!


Amongst the Camel Safari in Dubai (No. 1), the Machu Picchu Trail Trek in Peru (No. 2), and Norway’s Northern Lights Adventure (No.9), Explorida made the list for it’s all inclusive manatee swim tours (No. 10).

Not only did the manatee swim tour with Explorida make it into the top ten bucket list experiences in the entire world, but it is the ONLY United States based experience that made that list!

Explorida is beyond honored to receive this esteemed designation. From conception, Explorida has set out to dedicate ourselves to the customer experience, while educating on and doing our part to protect the manatee and the resources that we, together, call home. This is what our guests experience when they step foot in our door, and this is what got us here today.


Swimming with the manatees is a unique privilege that is only offered in Citrus County, Florida. While Manatee migrate to the area in high numbers in the winter months to thermoregulate in the county’s warm springs, manatee can be found year-round in the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge. Visitors from all over the world flock to Crystal River to check swimming with the Florida manatee off their bucket list!


Snorkeler Psssively Observes Manatee in its natural habitat. www.explorida.com

“We’re thrilled for Explorida on making such a prestigious list and congratulate their team for delivering unforgettable bucket list experiences for our visitors,” said John Pricher, director of Discover Crystal River Florida. “Like all our certified tour operators, Explorida is an expert in providing a safe, fun, one-of-a-kind vacation adventure, but also take very seriously our shared responsibility of promoting and protecting the local manatee population.”

healthy manatee grazes healthy eelgrass beds in crystal river. www.explorida.com

When offering guided tours of natural resources, a responsible tour company should embody all aspects of preservation and conservation.

At Explorida, it is our mission to emphasize the importance of recreating responsibly.  We set the industry standard by equipping every boat in our fleet with Powerpole “spike” Anchors to protect our grass beds, and prop guards to benefit our grasses and our manatee population as well. Our crew is dedicated to running a sustainable operation, and our guests recognize and appreciate that.

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