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Bird's Underwater

Features Animals
300 N US Hwy 19, Crystal River, FL 34428
+1 352-563-2763
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Swimming with Manatees

Well organised crew. Looked after us well. Explained clearly the do's and don'ts when swimming with... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Theo T
via mobile
Awesome day of filming manatees

I cant say enough about this operator, I am a marie biologist, conservationist and travel operator... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Vilanculos, Mozambique
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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 2 days ago via mobile

Well organised crew. Looked after us well. Explained clearly the do's and don'ts when swimming with the manatees. They are passionate about these wonderful creatures and full of interesting information. We got on site early and had the manatees all to ourselves. Amazing experience and...More

1  Thank Theo T
Reviewed 5 days ago

I cant say enough about this operator, I am a marie biologist, conservationist and travel operator myself and they just do an excellent job. Very caring and responsible operators that put the animals first while making sure you have the best possible day out on...More

1  Thank MantaQueen1
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

On a recent trip to Florida we went unto Crystal River to go on a Manatee Snorkeling Adventure with Bird's Underwater We booked online it was quick and easy. When we arrived service was great super friendly and organized. The boat was spacious and we...More

1  Thank camoking
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot right on the water. I got my Open Water and Advanced Open Water diver's licenses here. You get your instruction and open water dives done right there all while you may be visited by manatees, mullets and even dolphins. Great spot and facility...More

Thank Kurt M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great time with birds. Captain Rick and Brittney were great. Found several spots. I was unable to do the snorkeling part I stayed on the boat, but my party did the snorkeling part and enjoyed it a lot. Crew was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Thank countrygirl507
Reviewed 1 week ago

The 6am start was a little challenging but well worth the effort as ours was the only boat at the site for quite some time so there was time for a more intimate acquaintance with the fabulous manatees, We swam with individuals and mother and...More

1  Thank Lynda K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved our tour. Worth waking up so early to see an exquisite sunrise. Rick and Steve so patient with us Elderly people. Seeing those gentle manatees was such an awesome experience. Highly recommend it. Also unexpectedly treated to a wild dolphin show right there...More

1  Thank donna f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Captain Rick and Brittany were so knowledgeable about Manatees and behavior, and they took us to a great location where we swam with a mother and baby. They watched us and took too great pictures of all of us. They served us delicious catered breakfast...More

Thank Susan B
HuManatee9, Public Relations Manager at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves on our tour! There is something special about having breakfast on the water with the manatees, isn't there? We pride ourselves on making our tours "eco" tours centered around wildlife so we're pleased you got to see that....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super trip with Capt Rick and Brittany. Swam with a mother and calf. Very knowledgeable on not only the manatees but all the wildlife. We even saw a bald eagle. Highly recommended!More

Thank Dot J
HuManatee9, Public Relations Manager at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are very happy that you had a super trip :) It is so sweet to see the mothers with their calves, we never tire of them. The staff at Birds Underwater loves wildlife and we're ecstatic that we were able to share that love...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went on my upteenth manatee swim when niece came to visit (I live relatively close to C. RIver). Adventure with Capt. Rick and dive guide Jessie was the BEST one I have gone on yet. Their friendliness, knowledge, and ability to give you the full-view...More

Thank Bonnie R
HuManatee9, Public Relations Manager at Bird's Underwater, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're pleased to have such a great review from an experienced manatee swimmer! That truly means a lot. It is a magical thing indeed when a wild animal chooses to interact with you. We think Rick and Jessie are awe-some and we're glad you agree!...More

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7 December 2017|
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Response from RodBateman | Reviewed this property |
There is a Days Inn about 2 miles along the main road that is fine, and has a Denny’s for breakfast.
Kayla C
25 October 2017|
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Response from cambr_j | Reviewed this property |
We were the only 2 on the boat, I think it can be up to 30p but it’s not yet the busy period...
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Response from Michelle W | Reviewed this property |
You can snorkel on your own.