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“Wonderful trip and close encounters with crocs”

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.
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Wonderful trip and close encounters with crocs”
Reviewed August 25, 2014

We had a twilight cruise with Dan and enjoyed every minute. Just the four of us in his open boat with swivel seats, so it felt very personal to us. He immediately said that he wanted to answer our questions, which was a great way of learning what we wanted to learn rather than being lectured about things we were not interested in. He is hugely knowledgeable about everything on or near the river and shared his knowledge in an informal, light hearted way that was hugely enjoyable. We saw Scarface and a lot of other crocs of all sizes, including some very young ones that looked very vulnerable and surprisingly cute.
Would recommend Dan very highly indeed.

Visited July 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A great croc spotting adventure”
Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Dan took us on a great river tour spotting some crocs & learning about the river with just the right amount of commentary. He was very courteous & polite and there were no dumb questions on his boat. His knowledge of the river & surrounding area was thorough and insightful and we saw plenty of crocs & native birds. A great way to do the river as his boat only holds 10-12 and can get in anywhere and you can ask lots of questions. Thanks again Dan :)

1 Thank Shaun P
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Sunnyvale, CA
Level 6 Contributor
226 reviews
123 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
“Crocs, crocs and more crocs”
Reviewed August 11, 2014

We did the evening spotlighting tour - wow!! what fun!! He picked us up at the boat dock near the ferry. It was just us and another family. The boat is cool with seats that turn 360 degrees so you won't miss a thing. We saw about 10 croc, many birds, a beautiful sunset and bats. The crocs are cool on the banks, but even better when you see them swimming in the water after dark!!
Dan is a great guide and very knowledgeable of the river and all that is in it.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank lanamom
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Reviewed August 9, 2014

* A fantastic tour in a little boat
* Dan Irby was a brilliant guide. He answered all the questions we had about crocodiles, birds, mangroves, stars, seasons,...
* We saw many crocodiles because Dan had a very good eye for it. Best guide I haver had!
* The feeling of beeing on the Daintree river with a beautiful sunset was AMAZING!


Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Brilliant experience”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

We had an awesome adventure together with Dan Irby. We saw a lot of crocodiles, birds and insects combined with a wonderful sunset. The private character of the tour (only the six persons of our own group there) was an extra bonus together with the information and funny comments of the guide. Definitely a must do when you are around the daintree river!

Visited August 2014
Thank Bram C
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