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Bird's Underwater

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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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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sekush wrote a review Apr. 11
The Villages, Florida1 contribution
Our four grandchildren had a great experience on April 2, 2021. Not long after departing the dock we came upon three adult manatees and a calf, so they had a long time observing them and the calf came right up to the kids. Jay and Kay were fantastic and informative of all things nature. Thank you Birds Underwater!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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wanderfamily1981 wrote a review Apr. 10
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We were super excited to see the manatees. Being the end of the big manatee season there weren't a ton of them out but our tour guides managed to find a couple for us to view. We had a wonderful up close experience snorkeling with them and our tour guides are very respectful of the manatees and their personal space and gave us all the rules and ensured that they were followed by everyone. The tour guide also shared some fun and useful facts about the area and wildlife.
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TheFreyers wrote a review Apr. 10
Moore, South Carolina1 contribution
My family took the manatee 6am tour with Rob. We were worried about the earlier time slot but it turned out to be perfect!! We saw so many manatees and the river was quite and not busy at all. We laughed with Rob’s funny stories and had such a wonderful time we decided to rent kayaks and extend our experience because we didn’t want it to end. Birds was very accommodating on our short notice request and my family has splendid memories for the rest of our lives !!!! ABSOLUTELY LOVE BIRDS... thank you for the memories!!!!!
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Steven Richard H wrote a review Apr. 9
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Everything was as advertised. Everyone was professional, our capt and dive guide were amazing, and they took us to a spot with no other boats and we encountered several manatees and everyone got a chance to swim up close. We also saw dolphins and a gator too. Thanks Capt Ben and Adam.
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Date of experience: April 2021
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_rusticmum wrote a review Apr. 9
Kaysville, Utah3 contributions1 helpful vote
We had such a fabulous adventure with Birds Underwater. Our Captain, Andrew, and our diver, Joey were both so knowledgeable and amazing and worked very well with our family of 7, including teens and young children. We would definitely recommend this to all of our friends and return for another experience.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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