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Bird's Underwater

#4 of 51 Tours in Crystal River Features Animals
300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Captain Steve!

Great trip! We were visiting from Victoria, Canada. Captain Steve was informative and very patient... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Victoria, Canada
via mobile
What an amazing adventure!!!!

I saw the videos online, but they were hard to believe, but when the family, and I went, we were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Orlando, 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 6 days ago via mobile

Great trip! We were visiting from Victoria, Canada. Captain Steve was informative and very patient with us and our young grandchildren.

Thank Susan6625
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I saw the videos online, but they were hard to believe, but when the family, and I went, we were amazed!!! OMG - you can swim with the manatees! They are awesome. We got there for the 6:00 am trip, and although it was hard...More

Thank lmeador
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I enjoyed the 11am 3-hour Swim with the Manatees tour with Captain Paul and Robbie. What a great time! The manatees are such calm, gentle giants. Robbie was great at locating them in the not-so-clear water this time of year and ensuring...More

Thank JaKR18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an awesome day out on the water with Captain Steve. He was prepared and knew exactly where to take us so we could get our limit of scallops. It was the fun, stress-free day we were looking for. We look forward to coming...More

Thank TheRoad2Nowhere
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Captain Paul and Rob were great!!! Rob was in the water making sure everyone was able to get an up close experience with the majestic manatee. After that they took us to 3 Sisters springs, another truly...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The people here have always been friendly and nice to me and my wife any time we've ever stop by. I've purchased scuba diving equipment from them and never been disappointed. It helps that they are a certified Scuba Pro dealer.

Thank John B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son, my two granddaughters (14, 11) and I took this trip on the spur of the moment not really knowing what to expect. We knew the water would be a little murky because of the time of year and that the manatees would be...More

Thank Chapman735
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

we're unsure if weather conditions were going to be good considering a ton of rain couple days before . We did not have reservations and first place we stopped at did not have any boats going out ( was around noon ) they referred us...More

Thank vicki m
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Last week I tried something new which I had heard a little about - swimming with Manatees! Crystal River in Homosassa is one of only 2 places where you can swim with these amazing animals. I have done a Dolphin Swim in a "natural environment"...More

Thank magicmat
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Bill, the owner, is amazing!! After many years of diving, he still has a passion for it. He is very knowledgeable and helpful on anything you inquire about. Bill goes out of his way to help you find equipment to fit you. The dive shop...More

Thank blondie2015
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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.
Rhonda M
3 April 2017|
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Response from Baopham316 | Reviewed this property |
the boat we were on did not have bathroom.