Sea Darwin is a multi-award-winning local company who offer a range of interactive eco cruise and tour experiences.
Experiences range from one to eight hours, and include turtle, history and sunset tours.
Sea Darwin is an eco accredited company who provide personalised small group cruise experiences. Whether your interest is the environment, the history, the culture or you just want to get out on the water, Sea Darwin has an experience that will suit your time and budget.
- ECO Certified (Advanced Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
- Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certified by Ecotourism Australia
WWII Bombing of Darwin tour by land and sea is a half day experience (0800 to 1230) that takes in significant war history sites. This complete package includes both land based sights around Darwin city, and sea sites on Darwin Harbour. Using local historians as your guides and real time commentary, you will hear the stories of the Darwin’s front line activity, starting with the WWII history and the Bombing of Darwin and tracing developments up to the modern day. The package includes CBD hotel pickups, the land based excursion and then the 1 hour Australia’s Frontline Bombing of Darwin cruise.
On this WWII Bombing of Darwin tour you will visit the sites that were hit by the Japanese air raids incl Charles Darwin National Park, the acclaimed Defence of Darwin Museum as well as the East Point Military precinct. The WWII Bombing of Darwin tour is complete with the one hour Australia’s Frontline cruise on Darwin Harbour.
There is also the option to cruise only for 1 hour at 11am each morning.
Turtle Tracks is a sunset odyssey for those with a spirit of adventure who want to visit the Bare Sand Island turtles on their terms.
Leaving Stokes Hill Wharf at 4.00pm on a date especially picked around the lunar cycle, your cobwebs will be blown away as Darwin Harbour is left behind. With the warm breeze on your face and the smell of salt in the air, a fast boat ride will take you past historic Charles Point into Bynoe Harbour, arriving at remote Bare Sand Island, a key Australian nesting ground for Flatback and Olive Ridley turtles.
Explore the island with Team Turtle, learn about the turtles, the unique war history and Larrakia stories as you experience day turning to night with the backdrop of one of those famous Top End sunsets.
After twilight fades, Team Turtle will take you for a guided walk to witness the egg laying. For those who take this adventure late in the season you may witness the eruption of hatchlings from their home under the warm sand. A fast boat ride will get you back to Darwin, with memories that will last a life time.
Cruise price includes dinner, drink and qualified guides.
Experience the famous Top End sun set on Darwin's most adventurous, most unique and most affordable sunset cruise.
Leaving Stokes Hill wharf at 1745 hours a fast boat ride will take you past the sights and sounds of Darwin city seascape to arrive at Cullen Bay Beach where you will pick up your fish'n chips. Eat your dinner accompanied by a glass of champagne, the warm wind, an exquisite tropical sunset and a harbour full of intrigue, as you casually cruise around to find the best position for your Darwin Harbour sunset photo. A perfect end to the day for families and spirited travellers, and those that have an interest in a real Top End experience. A fast boat ride in the calm of the evening will get you back to the hub bub of Stokes Hill Wharf.
•1.5 hour Darwin Harbour sunset cruise experience
•Fish'n Chips - one serve of fresh local wild caught fish and chips
•Complimentary glass of champagne or bottle of water or soft drink
•Visit to a site of at least one Darwin Harbour shipwreck
•Opportunistic mammal and marine life sightings
Sea Darwin’s local crew will take you “up the creek”, where you’ll get up close and personal with the mangrove habitat and learn about the pristine tropical ecosystems of the harbour. After an introduction to the geography and landmarks of Darwin Harbour, we will take you up the creek past an eclectic collection of boats that ooze story and character before arriving at a crocodile trap, where you'll be offered a taste of Sea Darwin's "Saltie" gin. Cruising past Fisherman’s Wharf you'll hear about Darwin’s pearling history and modern-day fishing commerce, before venturing out into the harbour proper where you will pause at locations to hear about the Bombing of Darwin before seeing first-hand the Darwin City Seascape and the hive of activity of our modern Harbour, including our Defence base.
On 19 February 1942 lives changed forever, none more so than for the crews of the 27 Allied ships that had been at anchor in Darwin Harbour. Hear the stories of that fateful day and see the remnants of the war along the Darwin shoreline with Darwin's only Bombing of Darwin Cruise.
Board your vessel at 11am at Stokes Hill Wharf, one of Darwin’s iconic locations that was centre stage during the Bombing of Darwin. This hour long cruise takes you on a journey along Darwin’s seascape as you hear the stories and take in Darwin’s WWll history sites. You’ll also be treated to real time commentary by local guides about Darwin Harbour and Darwin’s importance as Australia’s frontline port.
The cruise covers the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, HMAS Coonawarra and the Emery Point gun emplacement before arriving at Cullen Bay at noon. At the culmination of the cruise you can choose to disembark at Cullen Bay, or stay aboard for a fast boat journey back to Stokes Hill Wharf arriving back around 12.15pm.