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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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Manatee Trip of a Lifetime

What an amazing experience we have had for many years with Bird's Underwater. They work really hard... read more

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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I chose Birds because they are also a dive shop, which means they must operate at a high level of professionalism. We were not disappointed! The weather was unseasonably warm and the manitees were not hanging around the spring. The funny, friendly crew stayed out...More

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What an amazing experience we have had for many years with Bird's Underwater. They work really hard to make swimming with the Manatees unforgettable. I am very thankful for the hospitality they show each year to my students and their parents. Bird's is the ONLY...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This tour was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The people were all so nice. Manatees were harder to find with the warmer weather, but our captain Paul and Jesse did their best and we did get to swim with one. I...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

A special thanks to Captain Paul and First Mate Jessie. We had a great time and they did the best to find us manatees in an otherwise Manatee free bay. Thanks again!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We did the manatee tour, our timing was bad, weather warmed up and very few manatees were in the bay, but we were still able to find one super friendly little guys who loved some attention. The Staff was great, they did an excellent job...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We scheduled a dive trip (blue grotto and devil's den) and a swim with the Manatees. There were problems with both but Bird's made it right. The Blue Grotto was too crowded which caused kicked-up silt and poor visibility (it was Presidents day weekend and...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This was the second time I've brought one of my children on a school field trip to swim with the manatees. They are awesome, knowledgeable, and professional. Our school has used them for years because they work hard to keep the business.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Captain Paul and Jessie just took us on an amazing trip to see Manatees / we really only saw one baby but it was an outstanding experience. Jessie and Paul were so positive and encouraging and kind — and our patience paid off. We met...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Experienced people who love to do wat they do.. we had a fantastic Manatee tour. They seem to really care about the Manatee and respect nature.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family did a private manatee tour today with Captain Glenn & our guide Britney, we had an amazing experience...we swam with a group of manatees, saw lots of birds and fish. We also swam at the Three Sisters Spring. They were very knowledgeable and...More

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Johnna M
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Yes you can purchase photos after tour
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We stayed at the Best Western. I swear it was about a 2 minute drive to the office. And the large hot tub was nice to warm up in after our tour since check out is 12.
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I booked with Bird after finding out that while they allow up to 30 people to book the public 6am tour (its early but you WANT the 6am) they send 6-8 out on each boat. Our morning had 4 boats go out.
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