SUMMER TOURS:
Conditions as of April 18th, 2018 are as follows. As the reader can see by our Trip Advisor reviews, we are having good summer conditions. The grass is growing abundantly in clear water areas so manatees are staying around. We have approximately 25 that are dispersed throughout Kings Bay. We have not had an unsuccessful summer day, just no promises that they will be in clear water, or that you will have a playful encounter as expected in the winter months

The cooler fall temperatures are starting to make their way to mid-central Florida and we are beginning to see an increase of manatees. Right on schedule, the manatee sanctuaries will be in place on November 15th. We are looking forward to a healthy manatee population, Kings Bay did not suffer any damage from storms or red tide, there is in an increase of grass growth, (manatee food), in certain areas of the river so we are all excited and look forward to our winter customers and manatees.

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Dec 2018

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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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Dec 2018

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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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Dec 2018

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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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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. To gain a better understanding of just how sensitive a manatee’s hearing can be, allow me to pose a couple of questions to you: Where Are The Manatee’s Ears? These are common questions on our manatee tours. Unlike […]

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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

Boat Shot

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, and 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 where we could thaw our frozen bones, work on […]

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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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