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Bird's Underwater

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300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Best trip ever

Capt. Steve and Jennie were the BEST tour guides I have ever had for any event or trip. They took... read more

Reviewed January 9, 2016
Hernando Beach, Florida
Great Staff, Great Experience, all 3 times!

I got lucky and went to see the manatees with Bird's the first time I went, and have returned to... read more

Reviewed January 8, 2016
Allen B
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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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 January 9, 2016

Capt. Steve and Jennie were the BEST tour guides I have ever had for any event or trip. They took the time to explain things and made extra sure everyone was taken care of and had a good experience with the Manatees. Jennie especially deserves...More

2  Thank ballance1
Reviewed January 8, 2016

I got lucky and went to see the manatees with Bird's the first time I went, and have returned to them 3 times. Their staff is knowledgeable and also ecologically responsible. They obey the laws to protect these animals, but also make sure you get...More

Thank Allen B
Reviewed January 5, 2016

We decided last minute to schedule this trip before our teenagers went back to school. We had read online that the best time of year was when the weather was colder, as the Manatees seek out the warmer waters in the springs. Our tourguides, Paul...More

3  Thank Djbrodrick
Reviewed January 4, 2016

We came to Crystal River during a cold front and saw at least 15 playful, interested manatee. Captain Paul gave pointed out lots of manatee, told us about the wildlife, and made sure that we were all safe and having fun (including the manatee). They...More

1  Thank Andrea D
Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

On our visit to florida swimming with manatee's was one of the things we just had to do. We booked the experience from back home. The day before we had the trip we received and email that due to the hot weather the amount of...More

Thank Vincent L
Reviewed January 3, 2016

This should be called " watch the manatees while you snorkel" We went on a private boat and expected to go to private places that would not be crowded to swim with the manatees. Wrong, we went where every other boat went. So you go...More

Thank Peter L
HuManatee9, Owner at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2016

We do not know how to be any more upfront about the fact that this is a wild animal experience, and the manatees only come into Kings Bay to shelter when it is cold outside, this is all over our website, see "summer tour conditions"....More

Reviewed January 3, 2016

I've been swimming with the manatees with Birds Underwater twice, and just booked another tour for tomorrow! It's absolutely the most amazing experience and I wouldn't recommend you go with any group other than Birds Underwater. Steve & Jenny, two of their guides, took me...More

Thank MyAdventurePassport
Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

I joined a group of 7 on a 11am tour in December. The crew was lovely and fun, so was the group. We could not find a lot of manatees but still had a chance to swim with one. The crew kept it fun with...More

Thank armaninl
Reviewed December 31, 2015 via mobile

Great company. But hold out for. Cold weather day to see more manatees. The whole area has become quite touristy, but it is still fun. Avoid high peek times and you will have a better experience. The colder the day the more manatees. Bring towels...More

Thank MAmama02482
Reviewed December 30, 2015

Our family booked a private tour, leaving at 7:00am. On our boat we had Diane and Victor, I just cannot say enough great things about these two. They made an already special experience into something amazing. They made sure that everyone on board got to...More

Thank Cathy Cofer B
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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.