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Address: 300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
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+1 352-563-2763
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Bird's Underwater Dive Center offer manatee snorkel tours, waterfront...

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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THE. BEST. DAY.EVER.

We spent a little more for the private package but it WAS SOOOO WORTH IT! We got to the dock at 7am (the earlier the better in manatee world) and it was cold!! We were shown a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a little more for the private package but it WAS SOOOO WORTH IT! We got to the dock at 7am (the earlier the better in manatee world) and it was cold!! We were shown a video, given wet suits and snorkel gear. Don't forget clean DRY clothes for after! Captain Loopy took us out, gave us lots of... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I would highly recommend Bird's Underwater for manatee tours during season. They are the earliest (6am) tour company to go out by about 30-40 minutes, which was great. Wet suits and instructions of what to do and not to do, hot chocolate and snacks after. When I was there, early March, I was told, the previous days were too warm... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We are avid scuba divers and have traveled to Crystal River several times to snorkel with the Manatees. Some trips were good; some bad; some so-so. This past March we went out with Bird's Manatee Snorkel Tours. It started off a bit questionable because they wanted us there at 6AM. That's 6 in the morning!! We were on holidays!! Think... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I always thought this would be a cool experience, but I was completely blown away by how this exceeded my expectations. Bird's Underwater is a mom and pop type business that has been in operation for decades; they really know their business. Without a lot of awkward and embarrassing banter, Paul and Crystal taught us what we needed to know... More 

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Wynne, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Captain Loopy and Crystal were very knowledgeable and have a real love for these beautiful animals. Our group was small, and we were lucky enough to see several Manatee on our early morning trip. There were two males and one female that swam around, under, and through our group for some time. It was a one of a kind experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on March 12 and had a fantastic experience! The manatee encounter was amazing and something my teenagers talked about all week! We highly recommend Captain Steve and Robbie!! Fun and informative, accommodating and knowledgeable...we will be telling our friends! Thanks again 😊 The Blakeslee Family

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'd been lucky enough to see some manatees on an earlier trip to Merritt Island, so dithered a bit over the value of paying for a boat/snorkelling trip rather than just heading to another viewing point or hiring a kayak. In the end, I booked with Bird's and am so glad that i did - it was the highlight of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I chose Bird's from the many manatee tours I researched because they seemed to be most respectful of the animals. It was a great decision. Captain Steve and dive master (is that term used for non-scuba dives?) Robbie were wonderful- the perfect balance of knowledge, warmth, and humor. They really know manatees, as well as the region's ecosystem, and it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter chose Bird's Underwater on their reputation of respecting these magestic creatures. They absolutely lived up to tripadvisor reviews. We were there week of Feb 22/17and had two awesome guides (Rob and Steve). Robbie"s calm demeanure and instructions on how to behave, so you do not spook these animals resulted in lots of interaction. Watching the smile on my... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on the early tour back in the beginning of February and it was amazing! I, too was skeptical being out on the water in the dark, but Captain Loopy and Crystal made our trip an unforgettable adventure! The hot drinks definitely helped as it was pretty chilly that morning, but the amount of manatees was worth it! Take... More 

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