Crystal River Operators?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by LSUGIRL, Sep 28, 2009.

  1. LSUGIRL

    LSUGIRL Garibaldi

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    My husband and I are still fairly new divers and are looking for a good operators that caters to newbies for a trip to Crystal River, Florida to dive with the manatees. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    thanks
     
  2. Whit

    Whit Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Cary, NC
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    Our LDS takes a trip down there every January and we have used Byrd's Underwater. They run a good trip. Our group usually has a broad range of experience levels and Byrd's takes good care of us.
     
  3. LSUGIRL

    LSUGIRL Garibaldi

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    Thank you! I will give them a call.
     
  4. OneRestlessNative

    OneRestlessNative Barracuda

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    Location: East Coast Central Florida
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    You can check or post in the Florida Conch Divers regional forum too for more local information, recommendations, and, or upcoming trips.

    Welcome to the board!
     
  5. Goindrinkn

    Goindrinkn Nassau Grouper

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    Birds is the most popular in the area. However, while there is diving in crystal river, (there's the kings spring cavern etc) you will want to snorkel or stand to spend time with the manatees. They tend not to like the noise that scuba creates. Birds will get you all setup, they take you back to an area where there are plenty of manatees and put you in. Many times they go to an area that is just waist or chest deep, so you can stand quietly and let the manatees come visit you. (these are usually the best type of encounters.)

    If you are in the area for more than 1/2 day or a day, i'd suggesting thinking about going out with them first. learning the edicate and location, and then maybe rent a kayak and head back to explore on your own. Then you set your own schedule and pace, and can maximize the time spent in the water.

    It's truely one of the most magical things in the area. (forget the mouse!)
     
  6. cdreamer

    cdreamer Manta Ray

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    I've gone through Plantation Inn and Dive shop twice
    and have found the hotel and dive shop to be excellent
    and very convenient. Would recommend that you also
    do Rainbow River drift dive.
     
  7. djb_1965

    djb_1965 Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Central Iowa---most people have never heard
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    SEA Education Adventures, call and talk to Jess or Laura, great people good operation, they are in Crystal River
     
  8. vndoc

    vndoc Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gainesville, Fl
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  9. BuoyantC

    BuoyantC Scuba Instructor

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    Another vote for Byrds. We had a very memorable experience with them.
     
  10. azchipka

    azchipka Tech Diver

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    American Pro Diving goes out daily. Note you can not actually dive with the manatees as the bubbles scare them it will be a snorkel. American Pro Diving will take you to a dive site normally king spring following your manatee snorkle to do some diving. They also offer the Manatee Diver speciality course and do a video of your encounter.
     
  11. Jasonmh

    Jasonmh ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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  12. shoredivr

    shoredivr Great White

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    Another vote for Birds.
     

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