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Bird's Underwater

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Address: 300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
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+1 352-563-2763
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Bird's Underwater Dive Center offer manatee snorkel tours, waterfront...

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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Manatee Lovers... This Is Your Tour!!!

There are many things I can say about my experience, but the bottom line is... THIS WAS FABULOUS!!! First, I'll admidt to being late to my tour due to Tampa traffic on the... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2016
Tampa, Florida

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2016

There are many things I can say about my experience, but the bottom line is... THIS WAS FABULOUS!!! First, I'll admidt to being late to my tour due to Tampa traffic on the Suncoast Pkwy.... truly unpredictible under construction conditions. With that said, probably a blessing in disguise and major contributor to my experience. Being late put me in a... More 

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Pensacola Beach
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Reviewed 21 February 2016

My boyfriend and I went on our first manatee excursion for Valentine's weekend with Captain Steve and water guide Jenny. We had been told to go on the 6am trip and getting up early was well worth it! We were the first boat out to the springs and the first snorkelers in the water. We swam to two different springs,... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

We had fabulous time. Employees were knowledgeable & friendly. We will use Birds on our next visit with our children. Thanks again Mike & Jenny. Go Barbara!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 February 2016

My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of enjoying the manatee cruise with Captain Steve and Jon a few weeks ago while on vacation in FL. I'm a bit of a late riser, so I was initially not looking forward to the early arrival time of 6am for our pre-sunrise tour time. As it turns out, this is a great... More 

Thank Frank D
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3 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2016

We decided to take a break from our Disney vacation and swim with manatees. Floating around the springs and watching the manatees and fish swim was so relaxing. Captain Paul and Corey did a great job getting our group of 10 to the manatees. They were both very knowledgeable about the manatees and the springs. They also have a ton... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Victor and Cory are awesome guides! They are patient, super helpful with adults and kids alike, and great guides! Highly recommend for anyone looking for a great experience with manatees!

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

This is a most experience. Captain Steve and Diver Don provide an up close, but non-invasive look at the Manatees and their world. While not interfering with their routine we are given able to observe an hour and a half slice of the Manatee's day. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2016

-Everyone told me to use a random group from Groupon. Don't use the random Groupon groups - use these guys. We had to book a last minute trip because the other big group that runs a special on Groupon would not take a reservation. Looks like if you have a Groupon, you have to book a month in advance because... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 16 February 2016 via mobile

Paul and Jennie were fantastic! The tour was entertaining and the manatees are simply remarkable! Amazing experience that I will do again but earlier in the morning next time for even more manatees.

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 16 February 2016

This was just perfect. We booked at 6 a.m. with Captain Steve and Jenni and would do it again in a heartbeat. 36 degree air temps but the water was 72 and amazing. While it was the coldest my body has ever felt, they did their best to help keep us warm. Hot Chocolate to drink, warm water being poured... More 

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