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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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Jillian R wrote a review Sep 2022
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My sister and i had the most magical time at Crystal River. there are no words . The captain and Diving instructor were just fantastic . The whole experience was just breath-taking and we were blessed with the company of a manatee and her baby. If you are going to do anything in Florida , do this . Florida is beautiful and wild Florida is breath-taking. i can not thank these folks enough for the experience. Thank You
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Departure629815 wrote a review Sep 2022
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We recently booked a private manatee tour with Birds Underwater. I had experienced this tour in 1998 and 2001, and loved it so much that I wanted to take my family (husband, children (13 and 10 years old) and mom (71 years old) to experience it too!! Communication leading up to the tour was excellent. The week prior, I emailed to find out how many manatee were being observed in the tours, and received an honest answer that due to it being low-viewing season, they were seeing 1-3 each tour. I was still super excited, because although I've been in January when there were 50+, just swimming with a handful is a once in a lifetime event for most people. The process went very smoothly, from getting ready and fitted for wetsuits, to finding manatee (we found them almost immediately after leaving the dock!) We were taught passive observation and got to hang out with a momma and calf at the first stop. The calf was very interested in interaction, while momma wanted to eat. The next stop brought another young manatee that loved my daughter. We were able to capture video and photos of the day, thanks to our wonderful tour guide, Mia. Our captain, Mike, was very informative and helped guide us to some nice areas for manatee viewing and viewing of fish and other wildlife. Overall, everyone in our group had a wonderful experience and wants to go back someday! We can't thank Mike and Mia enough for getting our vacation in Florida off to an amazing start!!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Louise L wrote a review Sep 2022
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Absolutely incredible experience swimming with the manatees, very knowledgeable staff and very friendly. 100% would do it again
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Mark wrote a review Sep 2022
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A great experience and very enthusiastic guys made our morning swimming with the Manatee one to remember...
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Date of experience: September 2022
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Linda H wrote a review Sep 2022
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We did the Manatee tour including the swimming part. We booked for just 2 people and we were so lucky nobody else booked this time slot. So we had a private boat! After watching the video we received our wetsuits and got on the boat. After some minutes of sailing we found some manatees 😁 We got in the water with our instructor who took some awesome photos of our adventure! We swam for a long time and saw manatees almost the whole time😁 We even saw a smaller one who came up to us!! It was a long time dream of mine to swim with the manatees and finally it came true and it was even better then I was hoping for!! The captain and instructor were so nice even though we were the only 2 persons on the boat. If we ever come back to Florida we will book bird's underwater again for sure!!! Thanks again for the wonderful day!!
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Date of experience: September 2022
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