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“Great tour....well worth it”

Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures
Ranked #3 of 14 Tours in Daintree
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Myself and my 10 yo daughter did a trip with Dan, mid April. It was a sunset tour and it was very very good. There was no one else on the river when we went, except the ferry.

Dan went out of his way to encourage questions and he answered everyone honestly and with much knowledge. He did not stop trying to find any sort of critter to see and succeeded.

His enthusiasm for the river hasn't waned after 20 years and he delights in his job.

An excellent tour, thoroughly enjoyable.

Thank Tim N
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

We visited Australia in December 2012 and one of our highlights was this trip with Dan Irby. We did this trip wiht our two daughters of 19 and 20 and they loved it as well. We went in the afternoon and evening and the quietness, the huge amount of bats and of course the very interesting information of Dan made it an unforgettable experience. I can highly recommend this trip. Thank you Dan and be careful with the salties!

Thank Josephine Z
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

My daughter and I spent an evening on the river with Dan, while visiting Cape Tribulation. We had a wonderful time. Dan is, first and foremost, a lovely man, and a pleasure to spend time with. He is easy going, thoroughly knowledgable and a joy to be with. The river is beautiful and so peaceful at sunset. We enjoyed the serenity of the river, the views and the quiet. We saw the sunset, the 'moonrise', the egrets and fruit bats above, the crocs, snakes, tree frogs, the kingfisher bird perched on a branch. Dan educated us about the mangroves and how they grow and live, and how the seeds take hold. Dan has a fantastic eye as far as seeing the wildlife along the riverbanks. Incredible! Meanwhile, it's a really lovely evening, (a couple of hours), out on the river, enjoying the beauty of the river and the wildlife, the beauty of the sunset, and the time spent with Dan, who is as nice a person as you will come across-you will enjoy your time with him. I hope we get to come back and spend another evening with Dan!!!

Thank 868robj
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Our family of 2 adults and 3 kids under 12 had a fun and excellent adventure with Dan. He's great with the kids and very patient when they struggle to ask questions or interrupt. He's a wealth of knowledge and answered all of our questions. He pointed out a ton of animals and explained their habitats and behaviors. We took the early evening cruise so we saw dusk and then darkness. Lots of wonderful birds and plant stories, like how mangroves use the water salinity to find their ideal growing spots. A highlight was seeing thousands of fruit bats flying directly overhead as they took their nightly food run. He found us 3 crocodiles using his spotlight to reflect off their eyes in the darkness. Great fun!

Thank aplsf
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We got picked up Dan by the riverside, and said hello to the other people joining us this evening. We felt really comfortable and taken care of with this small unit of people. Dan showed us, and told us a lot about the rainforest. We learned about mangrooves, birds, tree ants, local history and crocodiles. The tour started out with light, and in the end we had darkness. It's brilliant. You get to see the rainforest by light, and now you can go crocodile spotting and see all the bats. Dan spotted a crocodile near the river, and to come so close to such an amazing creature was just amazing!!!! We had been traveling for three weeks, and this was just a perfect end to it all. Thank you Dan. I can easily recommend this to all. I had some friends who took a day-tour (another company then Dan) and they would go with Dan next time!

Thank Norway_World
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