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Janice C wrote a review Jul 2020
Darwin, Australia15 contributions
The most well thought out tour I've been on. Experienced respectful approach. Plenty to see. Love the collaborative approach with AusTurtle, SeaDarwin and Kenbi. Great meal, fast boat. Highly recommended.
Date of experience: July 2020
Ann wrote a review Aug 2019
Toowoomba, Australia92 contributions63 helpful votes
A wonderful tour experience complete with well informed tour guides who clearly had a love for the turtles and a commitment to their survival. We watched mother flatback turtles come from the sea high above the hightide mark on the beach. We watched as she dug her nest, lay her eggs, and then covered the nest and headed back into the ocean. A surreal experience! It was only when we released a bucket full of baby turtles into the sea that the cycle was completed. The team at SeaDarwin gave us the one of the most extraordinary 'nature' experiences ever! I can't recommend it more highly!…
Date of experience: July 2019
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Candace S wrote a review Aug 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada126 contributions31 helpful votes
I had already completely booked my Australian trip--airline tickets, hotels, campervan rental, the works--with no knowledge of this tour. I had two days in Darwin at the very end, so I looked at the different tour options. By pure chance, I was in Darwin when one of these tours was available! I took that as a good sign so I booked it right away. And the trip turned out as well or better than I could have hoped. :) First, as soon as we landed on the island and a little before sunset, we saw a mama turtle making her way up the beach! They usually don't come up so early. This was great because we were able to watch and photograph/video everything while it was still light. The researchers were on the island at the time, so we also got to talk to them and watch them making measurements of the mama turtles, checking their tags, etc. They had a bucket with several hatchlings in it. (I don't quite remember why, but there was a good reason for this..maybe they were found wandering on the island.) So we got to hold them! Once it got dark, we released them into the water. Meanwhiie, another mama had come up and dug her nest, so we watched her until it was time for us to get back on the boat. Dinner was good. My tips would be to wear some sort of shoes, even though the management was recommending bare feet. There are pieces of coral and other things in the sand, so there is some risk of a cut or other injury, as you will be walking around in the dark. Also, bring a flashlight (torch) or headlamp that has a red lens or bulb, so you have your own light you can use. ;)…
Date of experience: June 2018
xsstyl wrote a review Jul 2018
Palmerston, Australia413 contributions109 helpful votes
Awesome weather, great boat ride and an excellent tour. We got to hold the baby turtles and experience a 60 year old turt laying her eggs. Awesome experience - highly recommend. Free stubbie cooler and the meals were very reasonable.
Date of experience: July 2018
Tracey M wrote a review Jun 2018
Darwin, Australia13 contributions4 helpful votes
What an amazing way to spend an evening, 9 happy Darwin locals glad to have experienced this magic. A must do for visitors & locals.
Date of experience: June 2018