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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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Perfect day!

Although we were out of season (mid August 2017) we saw a male and a female manatee in quite clear... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Theresa_LB90
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Copenhagen, Denmark
Amazing Exerience!

My husband,13 and 8 year old daughters, and myself took a 7am tour with Paul and Rob this August... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
preen22
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Chicago, Illinois
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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 3 weeks ago

Although we were out of season (mid August 2017) we saw a male and a female manatee in quite clear water. The team was amazing!! They made sure that everybody behaved respectful around the manatees and were good at sharing their knowledge about the manatees...More

Thank Theresa_LB90
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband,13 and 8 year old daughters, and myself took a 7am tour with Paul and Rob this August. If you are looking for a manatee tour, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN BIRD'S UNDERWATER! We booked the private tour and it was well worth the money!...More

Thank preen22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly memorable experience. Unfortunately not many Manitees at this time of year, but we did manage to see a cow and her calf. There were a few other tours queueing up to see them but all the guides and captains were patient with both...More

Thank tonyseymour
HuManatee9, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
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Vielen Dank für Ihre freundliche Bewertung. Wir hoffen, Sie in der kalten Wintersaison wieder zu sehen.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the tour with Glen as our Captain and Brittany as our in-water-guide in mid July. Both, Glen and Britt are absolutely great guides, know everything about Manatees and were very patiently with the group. Glen found a spot with a Manatee mum with...More

Thank Pepe4711
HuManatee9, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind comments. Brittany and Glen are very experienced, Glen is a well known alligator wrestler from the Keys, but has mellowed out a bit with our manatees - ha ha. Brittany will be spending the month of Sept. volunteering to care...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone at Bird's was very friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable. We did a three hour manatee tour with two adult and two children (7 and 6) and it was amazing. Our guide, Rob, did a great job and made sure my family had a great experience....More

Thank Warren289
Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Our third trip as we come back to the best in tbe business!! Fun times and swift manatee find that allowed us to literally swim alongside for a long time. The after experience at 3 sisters springs was something that personifies the beauty of Florida....More

Thank Richard T
Reviewed 3 August 2017

We felt very lucky to be on a boat with a small group of people. The Captain and first mate were nice and engaging and enthusiastic about what they were doing. We found out about the trip last minute and had to drive 40 minutes...More

Thank EvaInkOne
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

The owner and staff were very friendly. He was honest about our chances of seeing a manatee on our tour day. His crew had only spotted one all day, and gave us the option to opt out of our tour. Our captain told us that...More

1  Thank snjfisk
Reviewed 27 July 2017

I am a marine biologist and educator that used to rescue manatees so I came in being very critical about the whole process and responsibility of having this type of experience with wild manatees and tourists. Obviously I am not opposed, as I KNOW these...More

1  Thank meilenb
Reviewed 26 July 2017

Scuba-Scuba-Diver Down-Down. Eco tourism is the best tourism. Our dive instructor is wonderful, giving my daughter excellent instruction during her first dive. As an unofficial bonus, our instructor has a masters degree in biology and gives wonderful lessons on the freshwater wetlands and the life...More

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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.
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mikecat715
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.
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Rhonda M
3 April 2017|
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Response from Baopham316 | Reviewed this property |
the boat we were on did not have bathroom.
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