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Bird's Underwater

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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
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Everything was spot on....

We showed up at 6 am-they were already there. We were provided wetsuits, gear, Manatee Manners... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago
howdy12345
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Texas
Took a scuba refresher with Jeff Sandman

Second trip to Birds Underwater. Its a little tricky to find, set back off the road. on a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
James L
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South Portland, Maine
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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 6 days ago

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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Reviewed 1 week ago

Second trip to Birds Underwater. Its a little tricky to find, set back off the road. on a previous trip I was referred here to find a mask that fit me that I could get my prescription in since my old mask had finally died....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great tour, learned much about manatees, could see 2 of them even out of season, nice and friendly tour guides

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be with Captain Paul and Swim Guide Lindsay! It was such an amazing time. We ran into quite a few manatees with one even getting a closer peek at us! Afterwards, the staff were so nice to take us to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful people wonderful trip. Saw manatees both times I have visited I highly recommend them. Fun

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our day kayaking with friends in the bay area. The staff were very nice and helpful and we would definitely go back here next time we visit.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thanks for this great adventure with the Manatee‘s. We were alone with the captain on the boat and it was great 👍!!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We bought our tour online and when we arrived at the dock for our tour my husband and I were the only 2 people on the tour. We were definitely given the VIP treatment by Captain Paul! He was great, even took us for a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice experience with the manatees. The people of birds underwater took enough time to give us a good experience with these animals. I would recommend them if you want to see the manatees. Go before or early April if you want to see them.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great time! Learned s lot and for our first time we will definitely do this again! Tour guide and boat captain were great! Found cute manatees and gotfamiliar with the area! Great snacks and family fun for all!!

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lynnmcguinness52
8 May 2018|
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Response from Bonnie R | Reviewed this property |
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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Tryhunter
12 March 2018|
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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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Johnna M
3 January 2018|
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We didn’t have a camera so they let us use theirs and then they transferred the photos on a pendrive that we bought. Very helpful
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