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Bird's Underwater

#3 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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Wow...just wow!

My son, my two granddaughters (14, 11) and I took this trip on the spur of the moment not really... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Great experience even in June

we're unsure if weather conditions were going to be good considering a ton of rain couple days... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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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 yesterday

My son, my two granddaughters (14, 11) and I took this trip on the spur of the moment not really knowing what to expect. We knew the water would be a little murky because of the time of year and that the manatees would be...More

Thank Chapman735
Reviewed 4 days ago

we're unsure if weather conditions were going to be good considering a ton of rain couple days before . We did not have reservations and first place we stopped at did not have any boats going out ( was around noon ) they referred us...More

Thank vicki m
Reviewed 4 days ago

Last week I tried something new which I had heard a little about - swimming with Manatees! Crystal River in Homosassa is one of only 2 places where you can swim with these amazing animals. I have done a Dolphin Swim in a "natural environment"...More

Thank magicmat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bill, the owner, is amazing!! After many years of diving, he still has a passion for it. He is very knowledgeable and helpful on anything you inquire about. Bill goes out of his way to help you find equipment to fit you. The dive shop...More

Thank blondie2015
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to Bird's Underwater 17 years ago to swim with the Manatee's before we had kids It was an awesome experience then, and we just went back this year in June of 2017, and it was still an awesome experience. We saw Manatee's right...More

Thank Brian G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were scheduled for a manatee swim on Thursday, May 25th but Capt Steve called and suggested rescheduling the swim for a few days later due to rain and less than ideal visibility in the river. We rescheduled for Sunday, May 30th and what an...More

Thank IbzRlz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What s great adventure. June is off season so it is a challenge to find manatees now. We were on a boat of 8 tourists with Paul and Robbie. We were privileged to find one manatee which we spent plenty of time with. Robbie was...More

Thank Kathleen B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My niece and I went in May with no expectations as this is summer and most manatees are in the Gulf. We had the best time. We booked with Birds for 2 days with the manatees. Rick and Rob were great. They are knowledgeable and...More

Thank Kila75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Party of 4 on holiday from the UK, Manchester. First time to Crystal River which had a really chilled and welcoming vibe. We booked on the 11am tour, welcomed into the shop to view safety info and browse some of the awesome gear you can...More

Thank Lawless L
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Five of us booked a 6 am tour knowing we may not see any manatees due to the warmer weather so had lower expectations! It was a beautiful morning and 2 others joined us on a small tour with Captain Steve and Brittany! We tried...More

Thank Rahonda84
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Rhonda M
I don't see any information about whether the boats have bathrooms - Please let me know, thanks!!
3 April 2017|
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Response from Baopham316 | Reviewed this property |
the boat we were on did not have bathroom.
Melissa C
Hello, I was wondering if you supply wetsuits for the tour and up to what size you may carry in mens/womens. Also, if we have our own mask would we be able to use that? How long does the 6am tour last? Thank you.
9 March 2017|
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Response from HuManatee9 | Property representative |
Everyone on the tour will need a wetsuit, mask, snorkel, and pool noodle. We fill in anything you don't have. The six am. tour is usually back between 9 and 10am.
How many manatees you saw today and at what time
26 February 2017|
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Response from HuManatee9 | Property representative |
^ On the morning tour. With conditions being so warm for so long the gulf is now warmer than the springs. You want to get out as early as possible to catch them before they leave the springs to feed for the day.