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Address: 300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number:
+1 352-563-2763
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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I have never had a more informative and patient boat captain than captain Loopy and his mate Joe. They were very informative and seemed to really care about the manatee and the... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have never had a more informative and patient boat captain than captain Loopy and his mate Joe. They were very informative and seemed to really care about the manatee and the environment. They never rushed us and offered hot drinks when we got back on the boat. I strongly recommend him and his company to anyone doing a manatee... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We want to say thank you to Birds Underwater Manatee Snorkel Tours specifically Brittany for swimming the candles over to our boat and Captain Paul ( your jokes are the greatest...really helped take away some of the fear of getting in the water) Cody for ordering & helping to make sure the B-day cake was picked up) I believe Captain... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was by far one of the most awesome and coolest things I've ever done. To be "upfront and personal" with one of these magnificent gentle creatures takes your breath away. We were unbelievably fortunate to see many Manatees that morning. From the moment you arrive at Birds Underwater, it becomes perfectly clear how much the staff care for and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an absolutely AMAZING time with my boyfriend here! Captain Rick and Sam were so great and super knowledgeable about the best places and times to see manatees. We were able to see multiple manatees and had a few come right up to us! They provide you with snacks, drinks, and even a fleece jacket for the rare occasions if... More 

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Crystal River, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Special thanks to our crew today, Paul and Joe. We had a wonderful experience, mingling with the manatees, amazing. However, this was only made possible with the kindness and patience of Joe. I unexpectedly ( I have been snorkelling before) panicked getting into the water and really felt I couldn't do it. Joe calmed me, stayed with me and acted... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a fantastic time swimming with the manatees! We arrived with 42 high school students, were split into small groups and treated to an experience not to be forgotten. Captain Mike and Tour leader Crystal were outstanding to our group and found a spring with more than 20 manatees to see. Crystal let us through the swim and explained in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As always, swimming with the manatees is the highlight of the visit to this area and no one does it better than Bird's! The air is going to be cold no matter what (and if not then the chances of seeing manatees does diminish) but the water is nice and warm. Getting back on to the boat was the hard... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing experience! Staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. Will be taking all of our out of town guests here for an incredible experience they'll never forget.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our 3 generations had the most enjoyable and even educational visit/experience at Birds Underwater in Crystal River. Many thanks to all, starting from suiting up until last goodbyes. A special shout-out to Robbie for being patient with the weakest link (me). You guys are ALL terrific!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went out on the boat with skipper Steve and guide Robbie and really enjoyed it. All the wetsuits looked new and were full length. There were 9 of us on the boat and plenty of opportunities to see Manatees. Robbie was a great and informative guide with a great sense of humour. Very glad we chose Bird's Underwater -... More 

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