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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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Great Field Trip

This was the second time I've brought one of my children on a school field trip to swim with the... read more

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Carrollton, Georgia
Amazing Manatee experience!

Captain Paul and Jessie just took us on an amazing trip to see Manatees / we really only saw one... 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
+1 352-563-2763

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Reviewed yesterday

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 yesterday 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

Thank Emily B
Reviewed 2 days 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 2 days 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

Thank Lilly_Morales
Reviewed 3 days ago

I drove from Orlando to this tour. An honest and fair company. They are more than willing to accommodate to your needs and give you the best experience possible. A must for your trip to Florida!

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Reviewed 3 days ago

These folks are terrific! They are so knowledgeable and can also quite entertaining! Whether there are manatees, or not, they always work hard to make the experience for every guest a positive one. Can’t say enough about them!

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Captain Loopy and our Guide Brie were great guides! This was our second trip with Bird's Underwater in two years. We love them! They are fun and lighthearted, and provided great information about manatees (some bad manatee jokes too). It was warm so the manatees...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We know we went on a warm February day and the manatee were hungry. No problem. The guides knew where to go to find those stragglers. And they were entertaining to boot! Love Crystal River and will use this company every time we go down.

Thank Brooks C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very informative interpretative Guide Robby and Caption Loopy. It was warm and the manatees have moved out of the springs, but our dedicated guides found us a few on the flats. Even though the springs were empty it was beautiful to explore and see fish....More

Thank Toni W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great time with Bird's Underwater, the staff were really great and made every effort possible to ensure that all of us were able to get the most time and even pictures with the manatees. it was one of the coolest things we've...More

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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.