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Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures

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Address: Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree, Queensland 4873, Australia
Phone Number: +61 7 4090 7017
7:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Small and very personal (max. 10) boat tour. Operating since 1993....

Small and very personal (max. 10) boat tour. Operating since 1993. Experienced, science-based information. See and do much more than on a large boats's one-hour croc-spotting tour. We go where most boats can't and see many special things that they won't. Many people have said that their tour was the highlight of their vacation.

"The Nightwatchman" is a 6 metre, open-topped ,shallow draft aluminium punt with 10 very comfortable swivel seats. Powered by quiet, eco-friendly, low emission, fuel-injected "state of the art" 60 hp 4-stroke Mercury outboard motor.

One of the best nature-based Daintree River Tours.

Private Tours are also available.

More than twenty three years of experience on the river.

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splendid Daintree wildlife experience

Dan guides a fascinating tour in a calm and understated way. His vast knowledge of the Daintree environment is matched with his uncanny ability to spot wildlife at great... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2013
Brisbane, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

Dan guides a fascinating tour in a calm and understated way. His vast knowledge of the Daintree environment is matched with his uncanny ability to spot wildlife at great distances. There is no ‘crikey’ factor to his tours, and guests have the opportunity to enjoy the non-silence of nature without a constant commentary, and are free to ask any questions... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

My boyfriend and I had an absolutely awesome time on the evening spotlighting tour with Dan. He was clearly very knowledgeable about the area and its wildlife (he published a book about it, which we purchased at the end of the tour) and was really good at making the trip an interactive experience. He would stop and turn the boat... More 

Thank AlexSmoly
Near Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

This was excellent. We saw kingfishers, fiddler crabs, Papuan frogmouth, metallic starlings, egrets, etc and had lovely trip on the river watching as the light faded and spotting crocodiles by torchlight on the way home.

Thank CWcello
Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Really enjoyed the evening cruise, we saw lots of birds including hundreds of egrets and bats. Dan Irby is very knowledgeable about all birds. He also found several crocodiles near the shore. Cruise was recommended by Daintree Wilderness lodge

Thank Diane D
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Dan Irby's tour is simply the best you will get, not only in the Daintree but in Australia. Thirteen years ago on our Honeymoon my wife and I took this tour for the first time....and we swore we would do it again. So we did! This time with the "results" of that Honeymoon... our two kids. We made a point... More 

Thank Scottsing
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Dan was very familiar with the flora and fauna of the area and took us on a beautiful trip along the river. It all seemed like a National Geographic episode - only we were in it ! His journey from the Americas to Australia is also an inspiring one. Would definitely recommend the evening tour (cooler !).

Thank Sheils_2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Well, we absoutely adore Dan and his tours!! We have have loved his evening adventures for the past two years and have just booked our flights back up north again. One of the first things my partner and I said was "Oh! We get to see Dan again!!!". It was truly the highlight of each of our previous trips and... More 

Thank carrots33
Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Mr. Irby offers a fantastic tour. I went on a Day/Night combo tour in the summer and it was the highlight of my Far North Queensland visit. Dan navigates the river with ease and is good at locating wildlife and getting close to it. We had a number of sightings of azure kingfishers, a tawny frogmouth, egrets, fiddler crabs, flying... More 

Thank Chris N
North Fitzroy, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Last week we took the sunset cruise on the Daintree River. It was one of the best wildlife tours we have ever done. It was really wonderful to be on the beautiful Daintree on a small boat as the sun went down. This was a chance to be informed by an expert Dan Irby on the bird and animal life... More 

Thank AnnePicnictraveller
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I took this tour and was thoroughly impressed with Dans knowledge and attention to detail, he also ensured that everyone saw what he was pointing out. Great knowledge of the Daintree and the local wildlife. Highly recommended is the night tour for someone looking for a little different experience. Spotted crocs and bats, nesting birds.... the boat seats swivel around... More 

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