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“Best place to go to swim with the Manatees” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bird's Underwater

Bird's Underwater
320 N.W. Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Ranked #4 of 38 Activities in Crystal River
Type: Tours, Adventure
Activities: Snorkeling
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Owner description: 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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Orrick, Missouri
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“Best place to go to swim with the Manatees”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

I was completely impressed with the service that Bird's gave. I seen other companies out in the water as well and they did not get in with their groups. I felt more comfortable with Bird's b/c they showed us exactly how to snorkel and helped us to find where the manatees were. It was also nice to see their level of committment towards protecting the manatees. Great Job Guys. We had Captain Chris and she was awesome, as was everyone else there! :)

Visited February 2013
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HuManatee9, Public Relations Manager at Bird's Underwater, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
Thank you for your good review of Bird's. We do believe that the best way to ensure that our guest enjoy the tour is to get into the water with them. This accomplishes many things not the least of which is filming the guests in the water encountering the wonderful manatees and making sure everyone is being respectful of them.
Thanks!
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“Priceless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

It's silly to review the manatees and my interaction with them......they were just being their wonderful, loving, natural selves. So to review the staff and the experience they provided....they were just being their wonderful, loving, natural selves. Not only do I appreciate the time and genuine caring attention they gave me, but I value the time and genuine caring attention they constantly give the manatees. Their eco-consciousness coupled with providing an amazing experience is priceless.

Visited February 2013
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HuManatee9, Public Relations Manager at Bird's Underwater, responded to this review, March 3, 2013
We love this review! What a nice way to express the nature of the manatees and we love that we were compared to them.

Thank you from all of us at Bird's!
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Howell, Michigan, United States
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“Amazing experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

My mom and I did this passing through Florida. She had been a few weeks prior for an afternoon swim. We did the early morning swim and had a lot more interaction. Call ahead to make reservations. They'll tell you to already be in your swimwear when you arrive because there is only one bathroom. Doughnuts and coffee and hot water for tea and cocoa were all provided on the boat. Fee also includes rental of wet suit, flippers, mask and snorkel. The water is still quite chilly. But I don't regret that sacrifice.

Visited January 2013
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“Manatees-Girl Scouts/Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I have visited Birds Underwater with a college group and family previous to my most recent visit. I visited this week with a group of Girl Scouts who described their interactions with the manatees in their natural environment as one of the most precious memories they will ever have. Birds Underwater creates an exciting environment for learning and education of the manatees and the Crystal River wildlife refuge area. We rented kayaks from Birds Underwater the 2nd day, which was a great addition to the experience. Birds Underwater employees are the best people to teach others the love and respect these wonderful manatees deserve.

Visited February 2013
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Bird's Underwater : Fantastic Manatee Interaction Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Visited Crystal River in October 2012 after a 25 year break from holidays in North America and was a great re-introduction to the country and the warm and friendly spirit of the North American's.

Solely flew to USA from Europe for the purpose of visiting the Manatees in their natural environment and even though it was low season, we were not left disappointed having made 2 successive early morning outings with Bird's Underwater.

A great experience whereby on both occassions we got to see 4+ manatees on each tour. Bird's underwater team very professional , with a high level of investment in good equipment. Starting with the pre-dawn video briefing to getting out the water, the team are admirable in managing the balance between protecting and respecting the manatee's which make Crystal river their home and those that wish to visit them. It felt that the team knew where to look and were very knowlegable about the habits and quirks of the resident manatee's. Couldn't have asked for more.

Worth adding that we booked the tours in advance along with their rental lodging at Hall's River. A fully equiped property sited on Hall's river. We would have happily stayed there for longer. Looking forward to a return in a few years time so that we can explore more of the area.

Thanks again Bird's Underwater

Visited October 2012
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