Yes, getting up at zero dark thirty to see the manatees is worthwhile, especially if you're travelling with Bird's Underwater. Seeing the manatees is unbelievably cool, but its all in the operator you choose just how cool the trip will be. I am not enthusiastic about being a number on a large cattle boat. Folks stirring up the water, making noise and swimming into others isn't my idea of a good time. Bird's excels at small group, personalized service. Bird's first tour is at 6:15am. We had a small group (six persons), good gear which is included in the price, a thorough briefing by our Captain, and a comfortable pontoon boat on which to travel. Captain John was a good boat driver, manatee enthusiast, and excellent videographer. He gave us a good briefing about our dive before we entered the water and led us along the way. He made sure that everyone had the opportunity for as much passive interaction with which they felt comfortable. After our dive he made sure that we were as warm as possible and fed us warm drinks and doughnuts. The boat was outfitted with a rudimentary changing room and toilet. Nice features when you're wiggling out of a cold wetsuit in the morning chill. Wonderful service, great price and a memorable visit with the manatees. Thanks, Bird's for making our visit so special.
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