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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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We have been coming to Crystal River for 6 years and always use them. Great equipment, boat and tour guides. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We have been coming to Crystal River for 6 years and always use them. Great equipment, boat and tour guides. Very friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank Lisa T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was an amazing tour. Jess & Lupey were fantastic and informative. Highly highly recommend! Lots of manatee interactions despite crowds. Definitely worth the trip!

Thank Chrissy M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a great trip with captain Steve and Joe. Saw so many manatees and even got a hug from one. Everyone had a great time!

Thank Avery S
seattle, washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very very educational company which is so important. Not all companies do this. Captain Paul and Crystal were awesome and made it a delightful day. Crystal was a fantastic guide in the water! Due to the amount of people who come to the river I would do the 6am tour. What a gorgeous river. And have a Poor Man's Mocha..it's... More 

Thank Alabama5022
Orlando, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a fantastic trip with Paul and Crystal! On a weekend morning when other tour boats were all around, they managed to find us several quiet spots with manatees who came up to our boat, eager to play and interact with us. It sure was cold when we got out of that water, despite our wetsuits! But Paul and... More 

Thank JWOrlando
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Birds Under Water gave us the best possible manatee experience. We were able to swin with the big mammals in very clear water and we had the lake to ourselves. The guide, Captain Paul, was really experienced and knew exactly what to look for and where to go. The crew was very genuine and even told us that it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went on the 705 outing on a Saturday morning and had an AWESOME time. Brittany was our guide and Rick was our captain; hopefully you get this team when you go! They are both very knowledgeable and made the experience wonderful....as did the manatees. And if you have long hair or a beard, you might make a new best... More 

Thank michele_f531
Upper Peninsula, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another wonderful trip with Captain Steve and Bridget! Can not recommend them enough. Took the 6 am tour again, and had a fantastic time. Crazy numbers of manatees, even saw a few dolphins near by. Our 5 yr old got to "drive" the boat back and was thrilled. Will be back to their shop again.

Thank Amber M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Capitan Paul an Brittany were awesome guides on our manatee snorkeling tour. We booked the 11 am tour and were lucky to see manatees in different behavior - one was interacting with us, another one was sleeping and we can watch him carefully. It was a really great tour and an unforgetable experience! Highly recommend this tour to everyone who... More 

Thank Carolin R
Burbank, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I contacted the shop out of the blue since I would be in Florida and wanted to get wet. They were very friendly and helpful and I ended up doing guided dives with Jeff. Jeff is very knowledgeable and experienced and really made the day a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend diving with him and the shop.

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