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“Fantastic tour” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tropicana Guided Adventure

Tropicana Guided Adventure
Ranked #7 of 16 Tours in Magnetic Island
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We wanted to see a lot of Magnetic Island in a short period of time so we took the 3 hour tour. The weather was not real clear but the amount we saw was fantastic. We particularly enjoyed the rock wallabies and koalas and an unusual large bird of prey that our guide had not seen before. Thank you John for being a great guide and helping us enjoy our trip so much.

Visited July 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Relaxing way to take in the views and learn”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2013

We took a three hour tour in late May. The weather was very comfortable 21C (70F) and visibility unlimited (except for the curve of the Earth). Very relaxing and informative tour. Blue ocean, vistas, smell of blossoming paper gum trees. Saw plenty of koalas, wallabies, birds. We plan on doing an 8-hour tour in the near future. Liked it a lot.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Good way to see everything”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

We did the full day tour - orientation in the morning and eco in the afternoon. We saw a lot and felt we knew the Island better as a result but it was a long day and we could have done with a bit more walking. The guide was very friendly and tried to make the day fun informative. Lunch is very basic and my husbands pizza inedible - they should probably pick a bettr plave for lunch.

We did get the tour to ourselves which made the price worth it - $350 for 2; had there been another 6 guests (the tour takes a maximum of 8) we would have considered it VERY VERY expensive.

Visited May 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
“A long and uncomfortable seven days in February”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

We enjoyed the start of our "Seven Days in One" all day adventure with Tropicana Tours, riding the stretch Jeep (in the on-again-off-again rain) and listening to our tour guide’s jokes. His interest in the local flora and fauna was outstanding.
However we soon discovered that perhaps travelling to Magnetic Island during February was not a good idea. A 1/2 day tour may have been plenty for us, as we grew tired stopping for breaks in the rain with little cover, being bitten by mozzies as we parked up in the bushiest/dampest of places, and what appeared to be driving around the same sights quite a few times.
We had "mini" biscuits (in packs of four...) with soft apples at snack time, and lunch was provided (anything on the menu at a local outdoor cafe as long as it was no greater than $12). We were a little suspect about the mugs wrapped in a dirty tea-towel, and the shared ice used in the cocktails.
Our tour guide promised that he would answer any questions to the best of his ability, or just tell us if he didn't know. Wikitravel states Magnetic Island is approximately 7km by 5km in size. This answer would have been fine, and so would the answer “not sure”. So why say it depends on the type of measurement device that is used?....there were no children on our tour to be fooled by “clever” answers.
Our tour guide did apologise that has was tired and lacked "lustre" after working too many hours over the past few days.
So after watching a so-called beach sunset, concealed by the dark Queensland tropical summer clouds and rain, the Jeep’s plastic windows were zipped down, and the music blasted as we sang all the way back to the ferry terminal in the dark to finish a long seven days in one.

Visited February 2013
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College Park, Maryland, United States
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“Awesome Place, Guides, and Activities!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2013

I did the tour with a group of friends from Uni and had an incredible time! We started in Townsville, with a nice little trip up to castle hill for a great cup of coffee and then visited the strand water park before taking the ferry over to the island. The guides were great, knowledgable, friendly and fun. They really know the island and its history. You get to see the very best that the island has to offer. We chased the sunset out to West Point and had cocktails on the beach. We had a great time with karaoke on the drive back to the ferry.

Mal (Malcolm) was a great guide, really knows his stuff. Anything you wanted to know about the island, plants, or animals, he knew the answer and made it really fun to learn about the area. Great music, relaxed atmosphere, great scenery, animals, beaches, weather. All around great.

I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone!

Visited February 2013
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