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Bird's Underwater

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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Swimming with manatee

Our whole experience was absolutely amazing!! This is definitely a must do and this company... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Melanie D
Colorado Springs
via mobile
Great staff, very helpful

I recently visited Crystal River and had a half day to kill, so I stopped by Bird's to see about... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Lemont, Illinois
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Bird's Underwater Dive Center offer manatee snorkel tours, waterfront location, Swimming with the manatees in Crystal River, small group 6 person only tours with meals included, Manatee surface tours, Manatee educational tours, Manatee Awareness Program, Manatee Dives, Manatee Photography underwater, Manatee Photography above the water, Kayak rental, Kayaking with the endangered manatees in Crystal River, Florida, Enclosed Pontoon boats, snacks, Paddle boarding with the manatees, Group manatee tours, School Field Trip Manatee Tours, Handicap access to view or swim with the manatees, Waterfront Vacation Rental Houses in Homosassa, Fl. Manatee swims from Vacation Rental Houses in Homosassa, Kayaks included with nightly vacation rental houses, Kayaking in Homosassa, Fl. Dolphin sightings, early morning manatee tours, Late afternoon Manatee Tours. Scallop Tours, Scallop gear Sales, Scallop education. Scuba diving sales, Scuba Diving Instruction, Snorkel Equipment sales, Cavern Diving, Cavern Diving Instruction, Cave diving instruction, Nitrox instruction, Tri-Mix instruction, re-breather diving instruction. Members of Manatee Eco Tourism Association, Better Business Bureau, and Citrus County Tourism Division. Owned by Bill (Bird) and Diana Oestreich since 1993. Bill "Bird" and Diane Oestreich moved to Crystal River in 1989 and began teaching scuba diving and offering manatee snorkel tours. At that time there were only 3 hotels, one independent shop, and about 100 manatees that came to Citrus County in the winter months. Since then, Manatees have increased to over 1000 manatees in Citrus County alone in the winter, and there is an average population of about 35 manatees that remain in Kings Bay in the summer months. The Manatee Awareness Program was set up by Bird and Diana Oestreich in 1990 with the dive agency NAUI, then PADI, and now SDI offers the same program. They offer quality and personalized manatee tours with experienced and insured boat captains, all of which are at Divemaster level or higher. Manatee Tours average about 3 hours, but they do not have a set time in which they "pull" the customers out of the water in order to run another tour. All tours include drinks and snacks. Private tours include a full meal. Bird's Underwater Dive Center is located on the Kings Bay of Crystal River. You do not have to drive to a separate location to be on the water. Bird's Underwater is located on the dock behind the Dockside Trading Company. We are next to Charlies Fish House restaurant, and walking distance from Crackers restaurant. The Dockside Deli is located in the same parking lot. Main Street or Citrus Avenue is 2 blocks to the south, the Crystal River Mall is 1/4 mile north.
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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our whole experience was absolutely amazing!! This is definitely a must do and this company couldn’t be any better! You will love Rob aka Robbie and captain Paul! I already want to come back and do it again!!

Thank Melanie D
Reviewed 5 days ago

I recently visited Crystal River and had a half day to kill, so I stopped by Bird's to see about renting a kayak. The kayak was perfect and I was given a map and great advice on where to see wading birds. A bonus was...More

Thank heron48
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I couldn’t have chosen a better company or guides! As someone who is more on the obsessive side with manatees I felt right at home with my fellow mana-nerds! Glenn and Robbie really knew the area well, which meant we were always...More

Thank OhioMother2014
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was my second time I visited Bird's Underwater. My second early bird Manatee tour :-) Captain Paul and guide Brittney did an awesome job. We found a Manatee mom and calf and the calf needed to hug every one. So sweet!

Thank Natasja1978
Reviewed 6 days ago

Took the family for our first manatee tour one day after the manatee season started. What an amazing experience! We drove about 1 1/2 hours from Orlando (after visiting the theme parks) and it was well worth the drive. Captain Rick and our guide, Rob...More

Thank hsfamily4
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an unforgettable and amazing experience and sooooo worth the long trip there. Our captain was incredibly entertaining and definitely made the experience what it was. Will never forget this adventure and plan on doing it again!

Thank Becca G
Reviewed 1 week ago

WOW! An unforgettable experience with Brittany and Captain Paul... Although the number of manatee will increase in the colder months of January and February, the six lovely creatures we were able to swim along side of were three mothers and their calves. I lucked out...More

Thank Joan M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was an unbelievable experience to be able to swim and interact with the beautiful and gentle manatees. Captain “Gator Man” Glenn took us out at 6:30 am with coffee and breakfast on board and shared his immense knowledge of not only the manatees but...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would love to give Capt. Paul and guide Robbie a 10 if it were possible! They know where to find the Manatee. Plus are excellent in explaining Manatee and local knowledge. One of the best tours we have ever been on. Was a fascinating experience...More

1  Thank JanineHuber
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently visited Birds Underwater following a glowing recommendation from a local we bumped into whilst visiting Crystal River. We arrived without reservations and were lucky enough to secure the last 4 places on a tour leaving 15 minutes later. Perfect! After getting kitted out with...More

Thank bluealfastu J
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Kayla C
25 October 2017|
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Response from cambr_j | Reviewed this property |
We were the only 2 on the boat, I think it can be up to 30p but it’s not yet the busy period...
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AmandanMarcus T
14 July 2017|
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Response from Michelle W | Reviewed this property |
You can snorkel on your own.
25 June 2017|
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Response from MakeamemoryThair | Reviewed this property |
I believe they focus on scalloping tours in July. The manatees return from the Gulf in during the winter months of Nov-March. I would wait and go then.