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Bird's Underwater

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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
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awesome trip

thanks for a awesome tour to see manatees. Especialy we enjoyed Hank's father jokes.They both did a... read more

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Reviewed 4 days ago
karuphavner
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Karup, Denmark
Swimming with the Manatees

This activity, swimming with manatees, is what drew me to Florida and friends highly recommended... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Grants Pass, Oregon
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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 4 days ago

thanks for a awesome tour to see manatees. Especialy we enjoyed Hank's father jokes.They both did a splendid job. see you next time we are in Florida.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This activity, swimming with manatees, is what drew me to Florida and friends highly recommended going out with Bird's Underwater. I can whole-heartedly agree...they were fantastic tour guides and took great care of our small group. They worked hard to ensure that we had a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on the 6am tour last week and were lucky to see 7 manatees - moms, calves and a male. As Rob our snorkel master said “they are like potatoes with tails!” The sisters’ springs were pretty to swim through as well - we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even in april the captain was able to find manatees in clear water! They instruct you on how to interact with the manatees in a respectfull way and they instruct you on what to do/where to sim. I would recommand this to everyone!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our experience last Friday was beyond my expectations. Bird’s Underwater provided us exceptional customer service and an unforgettable interaction with these beautiful creatures. I could not be happier and will for sure return as a customer in the future. Every single person we encountered at...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful experience for April. Lindsey (guide) and our captain were fantastic spotting the manatees and sharing the experience like it was their first time as well! cannot wait to share it with the rest of the family. Thanks!

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

I hope you got the bucket list T-shirt before you left. !

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Paul and our guide Mike were very friendly and knowledgeable about the area and it’s manatee population. Although we went after the season was over we still got lucky and within a very short time we were in the water swimming with a mom...More

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

Thanks for getting the message out to our readers, that dreams DO come true.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Tour guide was nice and funny, and we saw three manatees. Great bargain for the price. What else would you want?

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

You just made a very good point, what more need be said, except thank you of course.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an awesome time with Bird's Underwater. We came after the majority of the manatees had left the area for the season but this experience was still great. We actually did the manatee snorkeling tour twice last week. The first day we went we...More

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

Wow, thank you joshjoe1026. Is there any chance you could move to Crystal River and work for us. Your review is what we tell people on a daily basis! Break out of your normal activities and join us on the Crystal River, it's always relaxing,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2nd trip to Bird's and as always had a great time with my Family. Whether you see manatee or not (which we did), it is a wonderful experience just getting into nature with your family.More

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

Anytime spent with family is good, fruitful, bonding, make the memories. I do recommend time on the water over time waiting in LONG lines at a theme park. Well, that's fun too, but parents beware, your kids will always tell you that they liked the...More

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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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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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We stayed at the Best Western. It was ok. Needs some updating but clean. Literally 1/2 block from Birds. You could walk to the shop!
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