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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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“Sir” (aptly dubbed by my girls) Rob and Captain Cephas were amazing! They did everything in their... read more

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Once again, Birds hit it outta the park! Capt Glenn and guide Robbie lead our tour this time... read more

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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 yesterday via mobile

“Sir” (aptly dubbed by my girls) Rob and Captain Cephas were amazing! They did everything in their power to ensure that we had an opportunity to see a Manatee in less than ideal conditions- which, of course, they had no control over. Rob additionally worked...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Once again, Birds hit it outta the park! Capt Glenn and guide Robbie lead our tour this time. While conditions weren't optimum, the tour still exceeded expectations. These guys know their stuff. Don't settle for the others...We are already planning our next trip.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This place was fantastic!! And I can’t say that enough. Capt. loupee and mermaid Brittany were awesome. The manatees were a little tough to find due to the conditions but they somehow found us a group of them to swim with. I would recommend this...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

An incredible experience. The people are very professional and ethical. We had booked in advance but due to unexpected weather conditions (record high temperatures) there were almost no manatees. Bird's Underwater offered us a full refund. Fortunately, we decided to go anyways. They worked very...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We went to Crystal River mid February and booked a manatee snorkling tour. The team of Bird's Underwater was just great. Upfront they informed us that because of the weather we might not see manatees and we can cancel the booking and get all our...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Overall great experience. We showed up on one of the first few warm days after weeks of an un usually cold winter and the bay was practically cleared of manatees. It was the ole' "you shoulda seen it LAST week" story everywhere! But Bird's did...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I chose Birds because they are also a dive shop, which means they must operate at a high level of professionalism. We were not disappointed! The weather was unseasonably warm and the manitees were not hanging around the spring. The funny, friendly crew stayed out...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

What an amazing experience we have had for many years with Bird's Underwater. They work really hard to make swimming with the Manatees unforgettable. I am very thankful for the hospitality they show each year to my students and their parents. Bird's is the ONLY...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This tour was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The people were all so nice. Manatees were harder to find with the warmer weather, but our captain Paul and Jesse did their best and we did get to swim with one. I...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A special thanks to Captain Paul and First Mate Jessie. We had a great time and they did the best to find us manatees in an otherwise Manatee free bay. Thanks again!

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Johnna M
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Yes you can purchase photos after tour
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We stayed at the Best Western. I swear it was about a 2 minute drive to the office. And the large hot tub was nice to warm up in after our tour since check out is 12.
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I booked with Bird after finding out that while they allow up to 30 people to book the public 6am tour (its early but you WANT the 6am) they send 6-8 out on each boat. Our morning had 4 boats go out.
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