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Bird's Underwater

#4 of 53 Tours in Crystal River Features Animals
300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Third time EVEN BETTER!

Our third trip as we come back to the best in tbe business!! Fun times and swift manatee find that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard T
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
via mobile
Steve and Jessie were fun! Great few hours Looking for Manatees!

We felt very lucky to be on a boat with a small group of people. The Captain and first mate were... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank furgeorge
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 12 July 2017 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 7 July 2017 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 5 July 2017

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 2 July 2017 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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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.