Specialised Daintree River Cruises

Premium Small-group Birdwatching & Wildlife Cruises

Daintree Boatman Nature Tours is a small cruise business, owned and operated by professional nature guide Murray Hunt, offering premium small-group wildlife cruises on the Daintree River. Cruises aim to provide close clear views of wildlife, particularly highly sought-after birds, crocodiles and snakes, as well as insight into the ecology of the Daintree.

Cruises are professionally conducted in a small open comfortable vessel which enables a quiet exploration of the river. Passengers are limited to a maximum of 10, ensuring personalised attention with cruises tailored to meet guests’ viewing and photographic wishes. The boat used is a unique ‘hybrid’ vessel with a regular outboard and an electric motor powered by a portable lithium battery. The outboard provides an ability to quickly visit favourite sections of the river whilst the electric motor reduces disturbance leading to better wildlife observations.

Public cruises are two hours in duration and conducted at dawn and dusk when the river is at its most picturesque, sunlight is at its best for photography, and birds are at their most active.

Private cruises are available for those with a special interest such as wildlife photography or simply wish to experience the best of the river in a smaller group. Private Photography cruises, 2.5 hours in duration, conducted at dawn and dusk, are perfect for keen photographers. The boat is available for charter on a hourly basis throughout the day for quick private ‘Daintree Highlights’ cruises.

  • Cruises depart the boat ramp in Daintree Village.
  • Maximum of 10 passengers.
  • Boat has a collapsible roof for shelter when needed
  • Ask about a discount for repeat cruises.

“Doesn’t matter what you’re into – birds, crocs, nature – definitely book this tour!”  Owl logo

Contact me:

Murray Hunt, ph 0417 651 929 boatman@daintreerivertours.com.au


Birds seen on cruises are reported to the eBird website. Click on the logo to see what has been seen recently.