Snorkel with the gentlest, most inquisitive marine mammals that you'll ever encounter! We leave from our docks every morning to take small groups of snorkelers out to play with manatees in world-famous Crystal River, Fl.
All levels of scuba diving instruction.
Kayak rentals and sales
Waterfront Rental houses on water $150.00 per night.
Tours meet at our shop at 6:15AM to gear up with mask, snorkel, fins, and wetsuit. Next, we show a short video on the do's and dont's of interacting with manatee, give an orientation with tips on how to have a great encounter, then walk out the door onto our boats. We head out to the springs, get into the water, and pet & play with these amazing creatures.While on board, we offer complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, donuts, and juice drinks. Our Coast Guard inspected boats are fully enclosed in the winter for your comfort and have porta-potties and changing rooms. Our USCG licensed Captains get into the water with you each day to supervise, help out, and shoot a video of your encounter. Back at the shop after the 3-4 hour tour, we play the video so you can watch yourself and have a chance to get a copy.
Age range, type of group
These encounters are for any and all who aren't afraid of the water. Although we don't give snorkeling classes as part of the trip, we can offer assistance. Wetsuits make you "as buoyant as a cork", so weak swimmers and non-snorkelers really have nothing to worry about.Children must be accompanied by an adult. Age 6 is a good age to start, but hundreds of younger children have had great trips. Remember that the Captain will be in the water, so if any children want to return to the boat, an adult will need to go back, too. Many parents of younger children alternate this role.Our typical day sees mixed groups, couples, families, singles, and people of all ages.
Sleeping and meals
There are numerous hotels, motels, and campgrounds in the area. We recommend the Planatation Resort or Days Inn both with in about a mile of us and on the same side of the same road. Tell them you're going out with us for special rates! Crackers family restaurant is 3 doors from ours and offers an excellent mix of seafood and family fare including the best burgers in town.
Policies & Restrictions
We place no restrictions on our passengers age or gender, but it is a boating and snorkeling trip, so you must be physically able to board. We do not allow smoking on board the boats. Pets are not allowed.
Our tours cost $45.00 per person. You get a mask, snorkel, fins and wetsuit included in this cost. DVD videos are available for $35
For reservations call or ee-mail us
Scallop Tours in season
Military - 10% across the board.
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Mar 25, 2011 12:34 am
forget the theme parks--- go swim with the manatees!!! my entire family thought this was the best part of our vacation. it was very humbling to be in a beautful river with these gental giants. one of those moments that make you say "WOW". captian hank was friendly and professional. we learned alot about the manatees, and had several encounters with them. HIGHLY RECOMMEND Birds Underwater. Life is not about how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away... ... more
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Bird's Underwater is owned and operated by Captains Bill "Bird" and Diane Oestreich. We have been operating as guides in Crystal River since 1989. We offer personal attention, supervision and education to our customers. We love the manatees and have learned to balance your desire to see them with a respect for the animal, the laws and the local environment.
Our tours are intended to be educational, as well as enjoyable. We are devoted to educating the public about the plight of the manatees and helping to protect the manatees from boat propellers and other manmade hazards.
Bird's Underwater is a proud sponsor of the Manatee Fund under the guidance of the Friends of the Chassohowitzka Wildlife Refuge. Please visit their website and consider a donation to our local manatees. Free manatee literature is available upon request.