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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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Water wonderland fun!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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!

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Rome, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wat a great day we had thanks to Bird's Underwater! We had luck to see a manatee with her baby, it was very special. A special thanks to Paul and Corey!!

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Louisville, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove up from our vacation base at Clearwater Beach after three days of rain and uncertainty. Captain Steve and his crew welcomed us with the positivism we needed to turn our frowns upside down after the torrents of rain we came through to get there. My two kids and I were here to see our first manatees and would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my 3 grandchildren to Bird's Underwater to snorkel with the manatees. We had a great time! Captain Paul and dive instructor, Robbi, were wonderful. I was impressed with the entire experience. When we started out, our trip was delayed due to lightning. Other companies went out in spite of the bad weather. The thing that impressed me about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Steve did an outstanding job! Very friendly and informative. Took us to a great spot where we got lots of scallops. Gave good advice and made sure we moved on when conditions changed. Added a stop for manatee viewing at the end of the tour. We had a ball and would highly recommend Steve and this dive center.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Mike and Courtlyn Hisey were amazing!! We have been here before and this time was even better. Knowledge of the area and eco friendly consciousness allowed our kids to have fun and learn!! We will be back!!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Recently visited Bird's Underwater. Captain Mike and Diver Cory were fabulous. Had a wonderful time on the tour. Cory was very knowledgeable and swam around until he found the Manatees for all of us to see. It was an amazing adventure to see such big creatures in there habitat and be so gentle. Would recommend people looking for an exciting... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Mike & Corey were wonderful! Very informative & very helpful!! It was a great time swimming with the manatees, will revisit next time if we have the chance!

Thank Shelby S
Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

These guys were great, especially our Captain Mike and Robbie! We took our granddaughter and it was a fun experience for her (and us) to be able to get up close with the Manatee. First, the guys provided a detailed description of what to expect and how to act around the Manatees to maximize our experience. Then they took great... More 

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