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Bird's Underwater

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Address: 320 N.W. Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: +1 352-563-2763
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Snorkeling
Description: This company offers snorkeling tours with manatees, as well as other...
This company offers snorkeling tours with manatees, as well as other diving tours and seasonal (July - Sept) scalloping tours. They are a full service dive shop located on King's Bay and also offer kayak rentals on the bay.
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Look No Further than Birds!

This was my second trip with Bird's Underwater, the last time was almost ten years ago, and they are still a great operation! I originally chose Bird's because of their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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RI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This was my second trip with Bird's Underwater, the last time was almost ten years ago, and they are still a great operation! I originally chose Bird's because of their commitment to sustainable ecotourism and was so pleased that they still take the commitment very seriously. I chose the 6am manatee tour, knowing it was the off season and that... More 

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Great operation and very accommodating. Wish the water was clearer but means that we will have to come back.

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HuManatee9, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this review

Sadly, Crystal River suffers from nitrate intrusion and the west side of the bay, as well as small tributaries are not very clear. In the summer months this is where most of the aquatic grasses grow and manatees graze. We do find them on the east side about half the time in clear water in the summer months. Since there... More 

Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Manatees were so amazing!!! Warned my kids beforehand that we might not see anything because it wasn`t the right season to see guarantee seeing them. We had an unbelievable guide who had loads of personality and knew exactly where to look for them. We saw mothers and babies and loads of others and got into the water to swim with... More 

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Inglis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Having just completed my open water certification with Instructor Jeff Sandmann I really wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you. I was blessed to have Bill's (Bird) son Victor and Cody with us They were so helpful and really gave me the safe feeling I needed as I hade never even used a mask or snorkel and at... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our annual family scalloping trip was a huge success! One of our best. Thanks to our Capt Cody we all had a great time and caught our limit. Cody put us right on the best scalloping spots and was very knowledgeable and personable. Would highly recommend Cody. He also took the time to make my 8 year old grandson feel... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

You get what you pay for. My wife and I have done this trip twice, friendly staff, very knowledgeable great guides. no pool noodles, good video souvenir , they also go into the Three Sisters Spring, when the Manatees are out to sea, large stable pontoon boat

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I love swimming with the manatees. Our captain, Steve, was so nice! He was patient when we panicked underwater when we first encountered the manatees. Gosh I never thought I would ever get a chance to do something so amazing! I totally recommend Bird's Underwater. They are great, even the lady who sits behind the front desk was nice.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Our trip with Captain Steve Browning was fantastic. Crystal River is a charming place full of friendly people and Steve is a great example of that hospitality. We had a small tour-just the two of us and a family from visiting from Germany. He kept us out extra time to ensure that we were able to have some time with... More 

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Walchwil, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Summer is not the ideal time to see manatees but Capt. Steve Browning did a great job of locating those that we saw. It was not our first time at Birds Underwater and each time has been a unique experience. This time, not only did we see and swim with manatees, but also saw alligators and jumping, huge tarpons. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Captain Cody made our first scalloping experience better than we ever expected. He went above and beyond to make sure the whole family had fun and went home with a lot of scallops. He even shared some of his best recipes with us and recommended a great restaurant nearby (Seafood Seller & Café). We will certainly use them again.

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HuManatee9, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this review

Thank you, we are glad you found us! We have actually been here for over 17 years but there is so much competition on the internet anymore. Please join us in the winter if you can, and certainly send more Germans!!! More 

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