We are resuming normal operations and will be open daily from 9am to 5pm. We will be limiting our manatee tour boats to six people per boat, or no more than 10 people per boat.

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Mar 2020

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What You Need to Know About Scuba Diving in Florida

In 2018, a record-breaking 126.1 million tourists visited Florida. Of those millions of out-of-state visitors, many are traveling to Florida for its splendid scuba diving opportunities. Florida has colorful tropical marine life and even has areas where you can swim with local manatees. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced diver, there are bountiful scuba […]

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Feb 2020

Manatee Tours

See the Sea Cows: Tips for Booking the Best Manatee Tours in Florida

Snorkeling or diving with manatees is an activity that belongs on the bucket list of every enthusiastic underwater adventurer. Yet, it’s not something you should take lightly. The IUCN considers manatees a vulnerable species, so it’s important that you choose a reputable operator when booking manatee tours in Florida. Here’s how to go about planning the […]

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Feb 2020

How Old Do You Have To Be To Scuba Dive

Everything You Need to Know About the Age Requirements for Scuba Diving

The average scuba diver is twenty-nine years old. It may seem common for most scuba divers to be young adults who are physically fit and have time for recreational water sports. Yet how about those under twenty? How old do you have to be to scuba dive? Is there a maximum age for diving? Let’s take […]

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Jan 2020

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9 Fun Things to Do in Crystal River

126.1 million out-of-state visitors came to Florida last year. Obviously, there is a lot to do in this state and plenty of experiences to be had. If you’re visiting Crystal River, you may be curious about what activities you can plan for your trip. You want to find excitement and build positive memories to take […]

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Jan 2020

Dive In The Water

Why Book a Scuba Excursion? 8 Surprising Benefits

Are you looking for an activity that can help you get fit while also being tons of fun? Sounds like you need to take a dive in the water. Scuba diving isn’t only a great source of exercise. It can help with your emotional and mental well-being as well. If you join a scuba club, […]

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Jan 2020

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9 Manatee Facts That Might Surprise You When You Swim with Them

Manatees are fascinating, gentle creatures. And while most people know what a manatee looks like, they probably assume that they’re just another version of a seal or a walrus. In fact, manatees are a much different creature with their own set of unique and amazing attributes. Thinking about going for a swim with these “cows of […]

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Dec 2019

Kayaking Crystal River

It’s Launch Time! 10 Key Tips for Kayaking Crystal River

There were over 500,000 tourists visiting Crystal Lake, Florida in 2018. With so much to do including kayaking, diving, fishing, bird watching, manatee and wildlife tours, it’s no wonder people flock to this sunny destination in Florida. If you are planning on kayaking the Crystal River, read on. We’ll share our top 10 tips so you […]

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Dec 2019

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11 Snorkeling Tips to Remember on Your Next Underwater Adventure

Snorkeling is a popular water activity, especially during a vacation. In fact, over 8 million people put on a snorkel mask and jump in the ocean every year. You don’t need a lot of equipment or experience to give snorkeling a try, but before you hit the water, you do need to know some basic […]

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Dec 2019

Things To Do In Orlando

The Best Things To Do In Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida, is the most visited city in the US, with over 75 million in the past year alone. With its beautiful beaches, dozens of theme parks, sunny weather, and family-friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder so many people visit Orlando each year. If you have a trip planned to Orlando with your family, you’re probably […]

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Nov 2019

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Where To Learn To Scuba Dive This Summer

If scuba diving has been on your bucket list for years or you just fancy challenging yourself this summer, you’re in for a treat. This popular certification is one of the best skills you’ll ever learn. Imagine drifting through an underwater world where beautiful coral reefs rise from the depths, fish swim around you, and […]

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Aug 2018

Top 5 Activities in Crystal River, Florida

Top 5 Best Activities You Can Do in Crystal River, Florida Giving in to the lure of big-city stay-cations can be quite tempting. But occasionally, it does pay off to visit a hidden gem and appreciate the natural wonders that it has to offer. One such place is the Crystal River in Western Florida – […]

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Jul 2018

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Underwater Cave Diving

WHY DO PEOPLE SCUBA DIVE IN CAVES Recently everyone breathed a sigh of relief as the world watched a daring cave rescue. Fair to say that most people envisioned themselves underwater cave diving 2.5 miles back through dark murky tunnels hoping to see the light of day once again. For some people, just the thought […]

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Jul 2018

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Weekend Diving Get-A-Way

Central Florida Weekend Getaway Getting your open water scuba certification can seem intimidating, but you can actually Learn to Scuba Dive on a weekend get-a-way! We bring our students to some of Central Florida’s most beautiful springs for their in-water training, and we even have houses available to rent for your convenience. How To Get […]

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Oct 2017

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Five Beginner Dive Mistakes To Avoid

Ah, the first dive. Nostalgia. An experience that you carry for an entire lifetime, full of beauty, and bliss; an experience that words can’t-do justice. You can hardly sleep the night before. The ride out becomes a journey as you hype yourself up for the experience. However, the adrenaline of the experience can create tunnel […]

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Oct 2017

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Four Myths About Scuba Diving

We’ve all been there. Debating between taking the plunge into the unknown or remaining comfortable on our couch. I mean, who can blame you? With the horror genres trend with diving, it seems more likely that you’ll run into the lock ness monster than see a coral reef. Welp. But, to be honest, all this […]

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Oct 2017

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Manatees and Hurricanes

Manatees and Hurricanes Manatees have adapted to survive life threating cold, and summer spawned hurricanes. Neuroscientist Dr. Roger L. Reep explains how through recent scientific research at the University of Florida.  Manatees flee for shelter in advance of low pressure systems as tour guides in Crystal River often observe. Experienced guides know where to find […]

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Aug 2017

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Lobster Scuba Diving

I wanted to share some tips and trials on the subject of scuba diving for lobsters. Based on my 30 years of experience in which I seize in season upon for love of the sea. The hunt, the stories at the Tiki bar, and of course warm garlic butter. You may have heard it said […]

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Aug 2017

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Manatee Ears Cause For Alarm?

Boat alarm that is. The unusual title of this blog purposed to catch your attention will explain itself. These are the questions that can help you gain understanding of just how sensitive a manatee’s hearing can be: Where Are The Manatee’s Ears? These are common questions on our manatee tours. Unlike off shore dive and […]

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Jun 2017

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15 Tips for Scuba Diving

Before You Get In the Water, Remember These Scuba Tips Interested in becoming a certified scuba diver? Bird’s Underwater can help! Contact our office at 352-563-2763 to speak with one of our expert dive instructors who can start you on an exciting new path of underwater exploration. BEFORE YOU DIVE: Check and double-check your gear […]

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Nov 2016

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Red Tides To The South

RED TIDE RETURNS Red Tide, bane of Florida beaches, marks its annual return Earlier this week, according to the Tampa Bay Times, thousands of dead fish washed up on several beaches in southwest Florida, including Treasure Island, John’s Pass, and St. Pete Beach.  Work crews quickly combed the areas and disposed of the fish, which […]

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Oct 2016

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10 Tips For Buying Dive Gear

10 TIPS FOR BUYING DIVE EQUIPMENT GEAR BASICS Mask:  When choosing a mask, first try it out by looking at the ceiling while fitting the mask over your face (don’t use the strap).  Feel for any gaps between the mask and your skin.  Now inhale through your nose, the pressure of which should keep the […]

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Oct 2016

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Are Manatees a Dying Breed?

ARE MANATEES A DYING BREED? Not Anymore, Says The Federal Government In New Report According to a report published in January of this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking into reclassifying the West Indian Manatee from an “endangered” species to merely “threatened.”. The Wildlife Service defines an endangered species as one vulnerable […]

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May 2016

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Manatee Eco Tourism Association statement

As one of the founding members of the Manatee Eco Tourism Association allow me to share our mission statement. A few personal observations noted over the past 25 years. In 1989 my husband and I thought we were moving to a quiet little waterfront town. We could thaw our frozen bones, work on the water, […]

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Sep 2015

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Save Crystal River To Begin Pilot Project To Restore Kings Bay

Save Crystal River to begin pilot project to restore Kings Bay Crystal River, Fla. – Sept. 13, 2015 – Save Crystal River (SCR) is poised to take the first step in an historic project to remove noxious algae from Kings Bay and restore the waterway’s natural habitat. The event is historic because it is the […]

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Jun 2014

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