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Bird's Underwater

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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
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Well worth it

We came as family with 8 and 10 year olds. We took private tour to see Manatees. We observed... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
starfam1
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Best Day Ever!

Captain John and are Brittney were awesome. I am 8 1/2 years old and had the best day ever... read more

Reviewed 18 March 2017
Lorri M
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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 18 March 2017 via mobile

We came as family with 8 and 10 year olds. We took private tour to see Manatees. We observed regular tour loading before we went out. Can't recommend this tour enough. Was perfect for families or couples/small groups. We had Captain Steve and Crystal and...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2017

Captain John and are Brittney were awesome. I am 8 1/2 years old and had the best day ever! Brittney stayed with me in the water to make sure I was comfortable and then led us to the "keyhole" where we had an incredible encounter...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Had an excellent trip with Captain Mike and Joe. They knew where to look to get us the best experience possible. There coaching get us up close interactions with manatees of all sizes. We will be back and I will recommend to everyone I know...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Our group was 3 generations ranging from age 11 to 71 and we all had a Wonderful Experience! Captain Mike and Manatee Whisperer Joe seemed to be on a mission to make sure we saw and interacted with manatee in a fun and safe way....More

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Joe and Mike were very attentive to everyone on the tour. I got cold and Joe shared his coat with me. I was unable to use the ladders and they helped me by going to a floating dock so I could board the boat easier....More

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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

I try to go swim with the manatees once per year. We have had a fantastic time with birds underwater and would not go anyplace else again. Captains Loopy and Sean were very respectful of the animals and very knowledgeable about the manatees and other...More

1  Thank Jenna M
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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We have gone snorkeling with manatees 3 times, twice with Birds Underwater and once with a different company. Birds was the better company. We saw lots of friendly manatees who would come up to your face and give you a kiss or roll over to...More

1  Thank Lynette M
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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing time on our manatee encounter. Captain Paul made our trip special and personal. It was in the 30's when we went and they constantly made sure and did accommodations to help us not freeze durning the boat ride and swim. Captain...More

1  Thank florida_4_us_2014
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Thanks to Captain Mike and Britany this was a great event. Went on the early morning trip. They found Four manatees. The snorkeling was a great experience. Would highly recommend Birds.

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Visited Crystal River with my husband and In-laws to snorkel with the manatees. It was their first time and my second time. Birds underwater had great customer service from start to finish making sure we had the most enjoyable trip possible. Captain Rick and Joe...More

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Tryhunter
12 March 2018|
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Response from Thomas S | Reviewed this property |
You can touch them if they initiate the close contact, which, on our trip, they did frequently. Many, but not all, were very confiding.
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Johnna M
3 January 2018|
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We didn’t have a camera so they let us use theirs and then they transferred the photos on a pendrive that we bought. Very helpful
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6 December 2017|
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Response from preen22 | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Best Western. It was ok. Needs some updating but clean. Literally 1/2 block from Birds. You could walk to the shop!
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