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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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Captain Glenn!

What an unforgettable and amazing experience and sooooo worth the long trip there. Our captain was... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Becca G
Sisseton, South Dakota
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Bonding with gentle giants of the deep

WOW! An unforgettable experience with Brittany and Captain Paul... Although the number of manatee... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Joan M
Florida Panhandle, Florida
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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 2 days ago via mobile

What an unforgettable and amazing experience and sooooo worth the long trip there. Our captain was incredibly entertaining and definitely made the experience what it was. Will never forget this adventure and plan on doing it again!

Thank Becca G
Reviewed 3 days ago

WOW! An unforgettable experience with Brittany and Captain Paul... Although the number of manatee will increase in the colder months of January and February, the six lovely creatures we were able to swim along side of were three mothers and their calves. I lucked out...More

Thank Joan M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was an unbelievable experience to be able to swim and interact with the beautiful and gentle manatees. Captain “Gator Man” Glenn took us out at 6:30 am with coffee and breakfast on board and shared his immense knowledge of not only the manatees but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Would love to give Capt. Paul and guide Robbie a 10 if it were possible! They know where to find the Manatee. Plus are excellent in explaining Manatee and local knowledge. One of the best tours we have ever been on. Was a fascinating experience...More

1  Thank JanineHuber
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recently visited Birds Underwater following a glowing recommendation from a local we bumped into whilst visiting Crystal River. We arrived without reservations and were lucky enough to secure the last 4 places on a tour leaving 15 minutes later. Perfect! After getting kitted out with...More

Thank bluealfastu J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a fantastic time with Captain Glenn and guide Jessie. They both were very good at putting us at ease and making sure we had a chance to see as many Manatees as possible. We chose the early morning tour as we were told...More

Thank Mrs_BHig
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had an amazing time , Saw and snorkeled with many Manatees , our Captain Glenn and guide Jessie did an excellent job and clearly love what they do and love working with the people , they are the best !! Would definitely do it...More

Thank David N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I had our 1st experience snorkeling with the Manatees, Paul and Brittany were both super. Brittany explained everything very well and was an excellent instructor/guide. Birds Underwater was a great experience and I highly recommend this adventure for all. If you are...More

1  Thank lenboondocks
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If I could give this company more stars, I would. My husband, son, and I traveled 3 hours from Jacksonville for this tour and it was well worth it. From start to finish, this tour was wonderful. Check in, wet suit and snorkel fitting, and...More

Thank Suzanne S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I travelled over 10,000 Miles to visit Crystal River and snorkel with the Manatees. Birdsunderwater were amazing. We were booked in by Jeff who explained all the various options we had available. His knowledge was incredible, not just about the tours and...More

Thank RodBateman
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Kayla C
26 October 2017|
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Response from cambr_j | Reviewed this property |
We were the only 2 on the boat, I think it can be up to 30p but it’s not yet the busy period...
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AmandanMarcus T
14 July 2017|
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Response from Michelle W | Reviewed this property |
You can snorkel on your own.
25 June 2017|
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Response from MakeamemoryThair | Reviewed this property |
I believe they focus on scalloping tours in July. The manatees return from the Gulf in during the winter months of Nov-March. I would wait and go then.