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Bird's Underwater

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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
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The crew at Bird did a great job of finding Manatees in June whisch isn't easy AND they were like... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago
TJAlive
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near San Antonio
Truly extraordinary!

My boyfriend went on a 11am tour with Glenn, and wow we are so happy we did! Glenn is great, down... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Emily S
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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
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The crew at Bird did a great job of finding Manatees in June whisch isn't easy AND they were like Manatee whispers. When the manatees would swim away they would practically talk them into coming back!

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

My boyfriend went on a 11am tour with Glenn, and wow we are so happy we did! Glenn is great, down to earth, knowledgeable, upbeat, and worked hard to get us amazing manatee time. I am smitten with manatees and this shallow, gentle bay.More

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Diana. O, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

What a lovely description, shallow, gentle, bay. This is true, no rocking waves, no sharks or deep water, just a perfect environment for a shallow water grazing gentle manatee! Glenn loves his job, it's who he is, thank you for recognizing that and sharing with...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

We scheduled the early morning trip and it was excellent. Our guides, Capt. Glen and Jessie were very knowledgeable and put us with manatees at the very first stop. The we went over to three sisters springs and was able to snorkel for a bit...More

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Diana. O, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

So far so good this summer. Thanks for the positive review. Sometimes it is better just to see a few manatees, stay warm and have a peaceful morning!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Jessie and Brody got us in the water with 5 different manatees within just a short time after leaving the dock. Visibility wasn't what I had hoped for, since when not in season the manatees are found in much murkier water, though a great cap...More

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Diana. O, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Drunk lawnmowers are always fun to watch. Wish we could steer the manatees in the direction of the clear water, but if the tide was too low they will not go that-a-way. It's all about eating for them, so they find found in the middle...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to see enough Manatees, eventhough it was not really ‘the season’. We liked the crew very much.

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Diana. O, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Brian. Try to come between November and February, you will definitely be amazed and fill that final bubble.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Brody and Jessie took us to meet manatees. We have a 5 year old boy who is having hard time to put his face in the water, so we asked them if we can bring a small air boat with clear bottom and they...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a great trip! We were in the water less than 10 min after our trip started with manatees. I would definitely choose them again! The staff was easy to talk to and cared that every one had a good time! They took great...More

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Diana. O, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awe, you're making us blush, we're making you memories, sounds like a 5 star for both of us. Thank you.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my girlfriend went out with capt Glynn to snorkel with the manatees. The experience we had was amazing to say the least. The capt was very helpful with instructions on how to swim with the equipment/animals and has a great passion for the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived for a morning tour and the whole company were brilliant. Our party included a 7yr old, a 9yr old, two 30 somethings and two 60 somethings. None of us are big snorkelers and we were all new to manatee tours. Birds Underwater had...More

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Diana. O, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I have to give you a five star thank you for this review. So glad your family made those memories with the manatees and a little help from our team. Thanks again, hopefully come again.

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Reviewed 18 May 2018

We showed up at 6 am-they were already there. We were provided wetsuits, gear, Manatee Manners video to watch-all quickly and professionally. They told us again that we were not in prime manatee season, but would try there best to find some. We boarded the...More

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Michelle S
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They are included in the tour price.
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0 Votes Please contact the business itself at (352) 563-2763. I am not sure about this as I have never been a tour where a wheelchair person was present.
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Response from Thomas S | Reviewed this property |
You can touch them if they initiate the close contact, which, on our trip, they did frequently. Many, but not all, were very confiding.
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