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Bird's Underwater

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Crystal River, FL, USA
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About Bird's Underwater
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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We did a private boat manatee tour on Memorial Day weekend. Even though it was super packed and off season for the manatees, we still got to see several manatees and swim alongside quite a few. The owner and captains were incredibly nice and fun and Robbi even gave my daughter a
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My experience was great I got to swim right next to a mama and baby manatee. I’ll you had to do was be calm and swim with them. The captain was so nice and cool he had great stories and I was really surprised that he did gator wrestling! It was so cool to hear about that stuff.
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We loved getting to go out and swim with the manatees. Glen and Mack were great guides, very friendly and made the day perfect. We found a baby who was so active. She wanted to boop you and loved rolling over to have her belly rubbed. She wouldn't let us leave. They gave us lots
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I have rented kayaks with Bird's on two occasions.....superb equipment and assistance on both occasions. Really enjoy doing business with these guys!! I highly recommend them. They have a superb dive shop and dive operation, too!!
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I dropped my son Max and his girlfriend off at Bird's for a Manatee swim and they had a spectacular time. They both said Glenn and Robbi were the best guides and they were able to see 6 Manatees. Robbi gave a great intro to the swim and was very funny throughout. The entire trip
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