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Daintree River CruisesUpdated: 08-May-2012
There are many Daintree River tours to choose from, run by experienced local guides who know the area inside out. The some of the best river tours are the ones that capture the ambience of a tropical river system either in the early morning or at dusk.
Boats range in size from 4 passengers to 50 passengers. Some river trips specialise in wildlife at dawn and/or evening spotlighting and some concentrate on fishing and some offer special photographic tours for the very keen photographers.
Daintree River tours are an important part of tourism in the Douglas Shire and most day safaris to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation include a tour on the river.
Several cruise boats depart throughout the day either from the Daintree Village jetty, the public pontoon near the ferry or a few private boat pontoons on the river.
Croc spotting is a highlight on most of the river tours. The animals have become used to the tour boats so the cruise boat operators can get a close look from about 10-15 metres. There are two electric wildlife cruise boats that operate tours with quiet electric motors (one has a video camera that can show you instant replays). The other cruise boats all use modern state-of-the art, 4-stoke outboard motors that are designed to operate with minimum noise and pollution.
Specialised tours at dawn, daytime or dusk should not to be missed as these are the best times to discover the huge diverse range of our wildlife, mangroves and birdlife which are all an integral part of your rainforest experience.
Most river tours are usually about an hour long, however, there are a few of the smaller tour boats that have tours that are a minimum of two hours.
All the tours offer the perfect introduction to the unique wildlife and flora of the Daintree Rainforest and River while comfortably cruising along in a boat with a knowledgeable guide .