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Address: 300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: +1 352-563-2763
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Bird's Underwater Dive Center offer manatee snorkel tours, waterfront...

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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Great time learning to SCUBA dive with Bird's Underwater...

We visited Bird's Underwater in Crystal River back before the summer. My kids are old enough now to get their Open Water scuba certifications. Working with Bird's was a perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Norfolk, Virginia

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited Bird's Underwater in Crystal River back before the summer. My kids are old enough now to get their Open Water scuba certifications. Working with Bird's was a perfect choice. We worked with Jeff. He's an experienced instructor who took the time to explain theory, technique and "tricks of the trade". My kids had a great time and we... More 

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Roswell, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went out this morning with Captain Mike and Robby. They worked hard to find us some Manatees and they did find 5 for us. The other tour groups hadn't found any manatees and we had already swam with 5. Both were very knowledgable and answered all our questions. Happy we chose Bird's Manatee Tours. We will come back in Winter... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Crystal River to swim with the manatees, using Bird's Underwater for the tour. We had our adult autistic son with us, and were a little concerned about how he would do on the tour. As it turned out, he did great, even going into the water for a swim in his wetsuit! Our tour boat (6 person... More 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I honestly recommend going on the first trip of the morning, being that you don't leave the harbor, it was really nice to be the only group on the water. The dive instructors were fantastic, We didn't see a hurd of Manatee's, but we did see a momma with her baby & then later in the dive we found a... More 

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

Appreciate the 4 stars and sharing the positive aspects of a summer manatee tour. The management would just like to clarify that we do not offer breakfast on the $65 manatee tour, but we do offer an amazing spread compliments of the Brooklyn Dockside Deli on the semi private ( 6 passenger max ) $90.00 tour. This tour is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely awesome, went today (the off season) and I got up close to manatees like I never expected. Although with guys like Robbie and Captain Steve with us I wouldn't have minded if we stayed on the boat all day. I'm a harsh critic with this sort of stuff believe me, but 10/10.

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Winnabow, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My sister picked Bird's Underwater for our snorkeling adventure based on TripAdvisor reviews and phone conversations she had with several outfits offering these tours. Of all the tour operators, Bird's was by far the most responsive and informative. I'm so very glad she picked Bird's over the competition - we met at their Dive Shop (a little difficult to find!)... More 

Thank Joseph I
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the private tour. It was worth every cent. Captain Paul and Robbie Stokes were so humble and extremely knowledgeable and most of all very professional. We felt so at home and among family with them. It was my mom's first time snorkeling at 70 and Robbie was not only very patient but had my mom in the water... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a private boat tour with 7 snorkelers (4 kids). Our guides were fantastic, knew a tone about the wildlife and prepared us well. They took pictures of us underwater that was VERY reasonably priced for what you get. (I definitely recommend getting the pictures). They had great food for breakfast that was easy to eat by hand while... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

The friendly and knowledgeable crew at Bird's will make sure your dive, swim, snorkel or tour experience will be safe and first rate!

Thank Susan G
Rome, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

My husband and I took a trip to Clearwater for our anniversary. I was looking online for things to do, and I saw an offer for swimming with the manatees at Crystal River. Unfortunately, I read some bad reviews about the company offering the discount, but my heart was set on the experience. After reviewing companies, tour offerings, and prices,... More 

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