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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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Excellent time

My wife and I did a small group 6am tour and had a great time. There were so many manatees. Water... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Josh W
Hamilton, Ohio
via mobile
Great snorkelling trip with the Manatees

Despite the early morning snorkelling trip in very cold temperatures our guides Jessie and Paul... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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 yesterday via mobile

My wife and I did a small group 6am tour and had a great time. There were so many manatees. Water was not warm by any means but January is the best time to see them. Jessi and Paul were great on the boat. They...More

Thank Josh W
Reviewed 2 days ago

Despite the early morning snorkelling trip in very cold temperatures our guides Jessie and Paul made this trip special and funny. Me and my husband had a great time on the boat and the experience to be so close to the Manatees was fantastic. We...More

Thank madelaine2018
Reviewed 3 days ago

Captain Steve and Adam were wonderful the whole trip. Adam explained in detail how to behave appropriately and interact with the manatee if they made initiated interaction with you. They were very courteous to the other boats in the area. They very actively sought the...More

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 4 days ago

Rick and Adam were the most perfect guides. They conducted themselves with a high level of professionalism and commitment to the preservation of these amazing animals. At no time did we ever feel unsafe or that these guys were trying to rush us. We felt...More

Thank skinthing
Reviewed 1 week ago

My girlfriend took me to Bird's Underwater for a swim with the Manatees. Our guides Glenn and Jessie could not have been any more thoughtful, professional, and knowledgeable. We went out very early in the morning, and were able to spend a great amount of...More

Thank robertys10
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I chose Bird’s Underwater for our bucket-list swim with the manatees based on their informative, attractive website coupled with their riverside location. We selected the 6am meeting time based on their description, and after gear selection, training video, and a short boat...More

2  Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 1 week ago

With Loopy we went out swimming with manatees, late morning tour. It was overwhelming. The love and care for the manatees from our guide was great! And we loved them too! Belly rubbing and both we got a manatee kiss!

Thank HuubRens
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just off another great swim with the folks at Bird’s. My sister, two teens, and I braved the literal freezing temps to hang with the manatees again, and couldn’t have been happier. The manatees were plentiful, and so playful! It’s such a privilege to be...More

Thank Quincella
Reviewed 1 week ago

My group and I went this weekend (Jan 6 2018) during the coldest week of the decade! Captain Rick and Robbi (no 'e') were our guides. We didn't get to go all the way back to the spring because the preserve had to move the...More

Thank Kerri F
Reviewed 1 week ago

These guys are amazing! They were gracious about us changing our trip plans and times and calling multiple times with questions about the weather. Brittany and Captain Glen were nothing short of the best guides you could ask for. They greeted us with awesome attitudes,...More

Thank Tory K
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Johnna M
3 January 2018|
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Response from Pete N |
Yes you can purchase photos after tour
6 December 2017|
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Response from budbrlady | Reviewed this property |
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.
Kayla C
25 October 2017|
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Response from budbrlady | Reviewed this property |
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.