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Address: 300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
Phone Number: +1 352-563-2763
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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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Showed up to Birds Underwater at 6:30am to hot coffee and three platters of fresh food and fruit to start off our day. Very nice touch! After a getting suited up and watching a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
michael w
New York City, New York

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Showed up to Birds Underwater at 6:30am to hot coffee and three platters of fresh food and fruit to start off our day. Very nice touch! After a getting suited up and watching a brief video and short motor to where the manatees were, we were in the water and face to face with these majestic mammals. The staff had... More 

Thank michael w
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My family went to Birds Underwater so I could complete a bucket list item to swim with Manatees. We went out with Mike and Rob who were so nice and informative on what to expect and found many manatees to swim with. I loved it so much that I went back again that week on a solo trip and had... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After looking for the perfect manatee tour, we eventually decided that Birds Underwater was the tour for us. We booked a private tour for our party of four and promptly got a friendly confirmation note from the team. We arrived at 7am on a cold(ish) November morning and were welcomed warmly by a smiling crew. We were given wet suits... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome trip! It was just myself and two other ladies on our boat, which was great. (Saw several other companies/boats with a dozen or more people on their boat) Bird's Underwater states on their website that they take only small group, averaging 8 per boat, and it definitely made the trip much more personal and friendly. Captain Mike and Chrystal... More 

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Put-in-Bay, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our 4th year in a row going out with bird's underwater on manatee trips. While some trips have been better than others, mostly due to weather and amount of manatees around, they always take the time to try to find a playful manatee for the group and make sure everyone stays respectful in the water. We had Steve... More 

Thank Ryan S
Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have dreamed of swimming with manatees since I was a kid, Birds Underwater made that dream come true! We went out on the 6am tour on Nov 12th. The staff was informative and welcoming and made sure we all got the best out of our trip! I can not wait to go back!

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On booking, instructions were clear and we were e-mailed directly by the Owners of Birds Underwater which was a nice touch. On arrival at the Dive shop, the Welcome and all encounters with the Staff were warm, friendly, seemingly informal but with very strict attention to the safety and well being of ourselves and our soon-to-be-visited Aquatic Residents of Crystal... More 

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satellite beach, fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been "manateeing" with Bird's Underwater for years...bringing large groups of students to enjoy the experience. Bird's is always professional and courteous. The true "prize" in the entire experience is watching teenagers awed by the beauty of the manatees and seeing their respect for the world outside their own space grow! I truly hope that the "powers that be"... More 

Thank coachshay
Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Birds Underwater in February of this year, and it was a lot of fun. I just went back and I had a lot more fun. Captain Paul and Robbie were excellent. It was a lot of fun and will definitely come back again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the official start of the season isn't until next week ,this mornings trip out In Kings Bay was amazing. I've gone to Birds Underwater probably about 13 times and this by far was my best experience with the manatees! Captain Steve and Robby were very knowledgeable and great guides in the water! Definitely will come back again

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