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“They really are the BEST!!”

Bruce Belcher's Daintree River Cruises
Ranked #2 of 14 Tours in Daintree
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: We have been conducting tours on the Daintree River since 1987 and run a family operated, one hour river tour from a private jetty. Our boats are small and personalised for a quality experience and our tours focus on wildlife such as snakes and birds, with an emphasis on crocodile spotting. The tour includes commentary about the area and the mangrove ecosystem. We also provide good quality binoculars and complimentary hot and cold beverages.
Victoria
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“They really are the BEST!!”
Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

It is the little extras that always make a difference and this company really makes the effort. You are welcomed with tea and coffee, the toilet facilities are spotless and worth a visit even if you don't feel like it just to inspect the decor.
Freddie the guide is full of knowledge of the area and his passion shines through in his presentation.
The lunchtime cruise throws in a free pie and drink when you return, nice surprise.
The garden setting is stunning and it located away from the ferry where the other operators sit waiting to grab the uninformed who are not aware of what awaits them a couple of kms away.
I did try one of the other cruises and honestly this one is far superior. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

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Mareeba, Queensland, Australia
2 reviews
“Wonderful adventure”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

This was a great trip up the daintree river with an experienced and knowledgeable driver. We went on the Sunset Cruise and the nibbles were tasty and fresh and the owners were friendly. I would recommend this trip to everyone although we didn't see a crocodile I believe there is a better chance when the tide is low but we enjoyed the ambiance and the company. What a great, safe and lovely adventure

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Very Relaxing”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

A fantastic 1 hour river cruise. Very relaxing and very informative. We saw 2 large crocs and another 2 smaller ones. Friendly staff and complimentary slushie was great to cool down with. Would highly recommend this.

Visited October 2012
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Australia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Informative and interesting hour on the water.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

$25 doesn't get you much these days and we were a bit skeptical about a croc spotting tour, but it was rubbish weather and we needed something to do.

Our hour long tour was actually really good value for money as we saw lots of crocs, a few females, a few juveniles and a big male that got scared off the river bank by a tinnie going past the first time we got to it, but it was there again on our way back so we got a nice close look.

Our guide (sorry, it wasn't Bruce and I've forgotten his name) had some really interesting info about crocs, the river system and, a surprise to us, we also now have a fantastic appreciation for the importance of mangroves. We saw a few other animals including a Nankeen Night Heron and considering this was all in 60 minutes we were pretty pleased.

The free coffee afterwards was a nice touch and we got to talk to Bruce who is an interesting chap and passionate about crocodiles. As others have said the shop is, mehhh, and we'd seen plenty of tat in Cairns. Would have liked to see some books on crocs and the local area.

Only real criticism is the guide didn't really conclude the tour - he just sort of stopped talking about 5 minutes from the end, we docked and just kinda shuffled off as the next group came down the ramp. Not a sackable offence but was a bit weird. We're glad we went!

Visited July 2012
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Manly, Queensland AUS
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“Great day out for all the family!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

We booked onto the 9.30am cruise, on arrival we were offered complimentary tea/coffee and the kids had slushies! We were departing at low tide and we got to see many crocs of various ages, from only a few months old upto about 9 years... we also saw the the frog mouthed owl, a beautiful brightly coloured Kingfisher and some beautiful yellow hibiscus flowers which we found out were edible... would definitely recommend - very relaxed pace and Bruce was a great skipper, his local knowledge is second to none. We had perfect weather and the whole experience was just fantastic.

Visited September 2012
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