Small-group wildlife cruises on the Daintree River.
Daintree Boatman Nature Tours, operated by Murray Hunt, provides the premier wildlife cruise on the Daintree River with highly sought-after birds, saltwater crocodiles and snakes seen on most cruises. Cruises are limited to just 10 passengers and cruises are personalised, tailored specifically to match guest’s viewing desires. Target birds include Great-billed Heron, Papuan Frogmouth, Black Bittern, Shining Flycatcher and several species of kingfisher including Australia’s smallest, the Little Kingfisher. An average of 40 wildlife species are seen or heard per cruise. Bird sightings are reported to the eBird website.
Cruises depart the boat ramp in Daintree Village. Cruises are conducted in a small comfortable open vessel which enables great views and photography of wildlife in the trees and sky above. Two hour cruises are conducted at dawn and dusk when the river is at its most picturesque, and birdlife is at its most active. For those with a special interest such as wildlife photography, two and a half hour private cruises are available.