A cruise with Daintree Boatman Nature Tours is the best way to observe the birds and reptiles of the Daintree River. Tours are professionally conducted in a small, comfortable, open vessel which enables a quiet, intimate exploration of the river with close views of target birds and wildlife. Cruises explore the narrow, shallow tributaries of the Daintree River, where the big boats can’t go.


  • Cruises depart from the boat ramp in Daintree Village.
  • Maximum of 12 passengers.
  • Open vessel with comfortable seats.
  • Discounted price for groups.
  • Discount for repeat cruises.
Dawn Cruise (2 hours)


Dawn cruises provide the best conditions for those wishing to see the river at its most stunning, as well as the greatest chance to see some of the most sought-after birds of the river. Referred to in many ‘birding’ reference books, this famous cruise has been in operation for more than 20 years. Key target species include Little Kingfisher, Papuan Frogmouth, Black Bittern, Great-billed Heron, Saltwater Crocodile,Green Tree Snake, Water Dragon and butterflies. Wildlife seen on each dawn cruise is reported on the eBird website. Follow this link to see what has been seen lately.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $65 Adult, $40 Child

May, June, July, Aug:  7.00 am

All Other Months:  6.30 am

“I would unhesitatingly recommend this cruise not only for heavy duty birders but also for people with an interest in nature and beautiful places”  Owl logo


Late Afternoon Cruise (2 hours)


Floating on the water, enjoying the late afternoon light, watching wildlife foraging before dark, maybe with beverage in hand, there are few better places to be than out on the Daintree River. Late afternoon cruises give an opportunity to see the river in lovely light, sometimes with the setting sun colouring the sky, often with a multitude of egrets flying home to roost for the night. Crocodiles, snakes, and birds such as kingfishers, flycatchers, and herons are commonly seen.

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $65 Adult, $40 Child

May, June, July, Aug:  4 pm

All Other Months:  4.30 pm


Private Cruises (3 hours)


The ‘Daintree Boatman’ also provides 3 hour private cruises for small groups, families and individuals wishing to experience the river in privacy. It is particularly suitable for those with a special interest such as wildlife photography. Private cruises enable me to concentrate entirely on your viewing or photographic wishes, whether they be stunning scenery or the special birds of the river such as Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Great-billed Heron, Papuan Frogmouth and Shining Flycatcher.

Private cruises are conducted in the good light of early morning or late afternoon. Private cruises are generally conducted on lower tides to ensure good wildlife observations. Private cruises depart the public boat ramp at Daintree Village or the Daintree Ferry area (at an extra cost of just $40).

Let me know what your hoping to achieve and I’ll give you my recommendations.

For two passengers a 3 hour private cruise costs a total of $360. Extra passengers just $40 each.


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 on recent cruises.


Daintree River Cruise

Daintree River cruises depart from here

Daintree River cruises depart from the public boat ramp at Daintree Village, 100 metres downhill from the Daintree Village Hotel.

If using a navigation tool, nearest address is 1 Stewart St, Daintree Village.

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