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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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Great snorkeling with manatees

Sean and Don were so informative and welcoming of our 6 year old son. We never felt rushed. They... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2016
via mobile
Manatee Mania!

We loved our manatee swim with Bird's Underwater. Captain Mike worked hard to make sure we had... read more

Reviewed 9 March 2016
Seattle, Washington
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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 9 March 2016 via mobile

Sean and Don were so informative and welcoming of our 6 year old son. We never felt rushed. They let our whole group stay in the water as long as we wanted.

1  Thank Hopey1canobe
Reviewed 9 March 2016

We loved our manatee swim with Bird's Underwater. Captain Mike worked hard to make sure we had multiple manatee encounters, both in the traditional springs area, and in "open water" with a few individuals. He also emphasized how to swim and behave so that we...More

Thank running_otter
Reviewed 7 March 2016 via mobile

They found a secluded spot away from the other boats and we swam for a long time with several manatees. Steve was fantastic. Jennie got in the water and found the manatees for us. Food was great. Great conversation and your guiding. Good thing Steve...More

1  Thank Jcline2488
Reviewed 2 March 2016

second time here...and will be back for a third. The company does a great job and very professional. Equipment is very new, in wonderful condition and the staff is very knowledgeable and ecologically sound in protecting the manatees and other wildlife. WE love the experience,...More

1  Thank Becky H
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

We took the 6am trip to swim with the manatees. We drove from Orlando (about 1 1/2 hour drive). The staff were so helpful as my daughter and I were very amateur snorkelers. We saw about 15 manatees as they swam below us and around...More

1  Thank Kari L
Reviewed 1 March 2016

My partner and I had a fantastic morning snorkeling with manatees in 3 sisters spring. Our captain Mike and guide Dan explained the rules very clearly and had lots of facts to share about the manatees and other wildlife. They took us to 3 sisters...More

Thank CJ H
Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience!! Thank you SO much Steve and Jennie! From the time we entered Bird's Underwater Center we were impressed with the professional but friendly atmosphere. The 6 a.m. trip allowed our small group time to have the manatee to ourselves. It was...More

Thank Lynn S
Reviewed 29 February 2016

I had never snorkeled before. Captain Paul was great to teach us how and help us get in the water. They keep the groups small and that makes it all the more fun as you can interact with the captain. We had a wonderful time...More

1  Thank Kay S
Reviewed 29 February 2016

We recently had the opportunity to experience this tour. While this was our first chance to swim with the manatees, we were told that the earlier in the day the better. We were at the docks at 6 am and in the water shortly thereafter....More

1  Thank MRF0415
Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

This was our second time in two years of swimming with the manatees. We loved the people,service and ecological views of Birds Underwater. Have seen many manatees each trip. Great service and top notch equipment!

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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.