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Bird's Underwater

#4 of 51 Tours in Crystal River Features Animals
300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Manatee Kisses

We had a wonderful time snorkeling the Crystal River area with Bird's Underwater. We took three... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2016
Cooper City, Florida
Bird's Rule!!

I have had a life long dream of swimming with manatees and Bird's Underwater made this experience... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2016
Denver, Colorado
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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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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763

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Reviewed February 11, 2016

We had a wonderful time snorkeling the Crystal River area with Bird's Underwater. We took three manatee tours, one morning and 2 afternoon trips, with fun manatee kisses! The staff provided great feedback in answering our questions as we planned our visit. It was nice...More

Thank MarineAlchemy
Reviewed February 11, 2016

I have had a life long dream of swimming with manatees and Bird's Underwater made this experience FANTASTIC. We arrived at 7AM to watch the video about what we could and couldn't do with the manatees and get our wet suits. The folks at Bird's...More

Thank molly198305
Reviewed February 11, 2016

We went out on the 11am trip on Feb 3rd with Capt. Vic and guide Jon we had a great time. The tour was good we stopped 3 times saw multiple manatee. I would highly recommend these guys.

Thank AaronB4
Reviewed February 9, 2016

I'm part of a group that has been coming to Bird's Underwater for almost twenty years. This year there are some changes. In addition to having a boat captain, there is now a swimmer who will accompany you into the water - in the past,...More

1  Thank Retired_Traveler_048
Reviewed February 8, 2016

What an amazing experience! Went on two trips; the 7 AM and the 11 AM and we got to see manatees and interact with them on both trips. The amazing part for me is that I don't swim; yet, Jenny "towed" me into Three Sisters...More

1  Thank Lupe B
Reviewed February 8, 2016

If you are traveling to Crystal River and want to visit with Manatee I would recommend Bird's Underwater. I'm a Floridian and a diver and have been out with Bird's several times. They run a good, organized trip and give you the best possible chance...More

Thank Perry J
Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

We came to Crystal River to see the manatees, but we didn't make a reservation for a tour. We stopped at three other tour providers, but they were fully booked. Bird's Underwater was fully booked too, but they made some arrangements so that we could...More

Thank Alex M
Reviewed February 7, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip leaving at 7am on the small group tour. They even had a few prescription lens masks to choose from which helped me a lot. The staff is very friendly and made sure we had a good visit up close but...More

Thank 806deborahs
Reviewed February 7, 2016

Be ready for some close encounters! This is my third time in 2 yrs that I got to swim with this with this group. They are very passionate about their manatees & take great strides to be sure we have a great time. Price includes...More

1  Thank Nancy C
Reviewed February 5, 2016

Had a great trip with Coach Mike and his helper. He worked very hard to find the Manatees and let us have a great experience. His helper worked right along side us getting in the water and showing us what to do. It was a...More

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AmandanMarcus T
July 13, 2017|
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Response from Michelle W | Reviewed this property |
You can snorkel on your own.
June 24, 2017|
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Response from MakeamemoryThair | Reviewed this property |
I believe they focus on scalloping tours in July. The manatees return from the Gulf in during the winter months of Nov-March. I would wait and go then.
Rhonda M
April 2, 2017|
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Response from Baopham316 | Reviewed this property |
the boat we were on did not have bathroom.