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Truly enjoyed having you share the river with us - Christie and I made it back to the States last Tuesday, and back home in Montana for me on Thursday. Thanks again for a great time. We loved it and...
Tours were definite highlights of our trip - Dan, Just wanted to touch base and thankyou you again for looking after us again! The two tours were definite highlights of our trip – thank you so...
Look forward to returning to Daintree - Dan, we returned to New York and I posted a review of your tour right away - but forgot to do the most important thing - thank you We keep talking...
Extract taken from the Boston Globe - “A small-town entree to Australia’s wonders” By Christopher Klein, Globe Correspondent Nature lovers shouldn’t leave north Queensland without...
The tour was most relaxing, enjoyable and educational - Dear Dan, We greatly enjoyed the wonderful boat tour on the Daintree River that you gave us on Saturday, May 16. The tour was most relaxing,...
The highlight of my Australia trip - Hey Dan, You took me out on a night cruise a few weeks ago, and I made a note to email you my thanks when I got back to the states. It was an...
The views were both beautiful and mysterious - Hi Dan, our boat tour through the rainforest river with you was fantastic! The views were both beautiful and mysterious, and the landscape was...
Dan's passion for the Daintree is absolutely infectious - Taken from Discovering the Daintree... "No great shakes in the botanical department, I was lucky enough to hook up with one of the region's great...
Croc spotting in daintree - Yup, we caved in and joined a crocodile spotting river cruise. The tour was actually called Mangrove Adventures by Dan Irby. It was a two-hour sunset...
Wonderful two hours and quite the highlight of our trip north - Just wanted to say how much my partner Robert and I and my daughter Alanna and her son Max enjoyed the night tour we went on the weekend before last...
Right away we saw a small green double-eyed parrot - Extract from Fodor’s Australian and the Pacific Forum. “Right away we saw a small green double-eyed parrot in a hole in a tree right on the water,...
Rob's Aussie Odyssey - Following is an extract from Rob's blog AussieOdyssey - "We first worked our way down the river to its mouth. Dan said this was his favorite spot on...
Will most definitely recommend your tour to my clients - A few weeks ago I joined one of your cruises. Thanks again for taking me out. I very much enjoyed it and will most definitely recommend it to my...
Enjoyed the experience immensely - Thanks very much for hosting Toni and I on your river trip last month. We both enjoyed the experience immensely and it was a highlight of our trip to...
Recommend tour to anyone who visits the Daintree area - Your river trip was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Australia, and we would recommend it to anyone who visits the Daintree area! Please...
Really enjoyed getting to go into some of the less-traveled area - This is Chris and Erin Klein from the Boston area. You gave us a tour of the Daintree at the end of August. We had a great time and really enjoyed...
Thank you again for the wonderful tour - Thank you again for the wonderful tour. It was spectacular! Our pictures came out beautifully, and the tour was definitely a highlight of our trip to...
Impressed with knowledge of both the birds and vegetation - G'day Dan, early in January I went with Ian Worcester (also Jo Wieneke and guest, and Townsville photographer Ian Montgomery). This happened to be my...
Bird observed on Daintree River from Dan Irby's boat - Mangrove Robin, Jonathan Munro et al.16/10/04. Single bird observed on Daintree River from Dan Irby's boat. Great-Billed Herons (4), Jonathan Munro...
Out in the wild with the stars overhead was truly awesome - Oh, I forgot to rave about the stars on the Dan Irby (albeit Ian) night boat tour. I was mesmerized. The Milky Way was so thick it looked like ice...

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Located in tropical Northern Queensland Australia near Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas, Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures offers Daintree River cruises which are very personal and informative for both the amateur and professional visitors all year round.

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Tours were definite highlights of our trip

July 5, 2010 by Anonymous, 6 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 24

Dan, Just wanted to touch base and thankyou you again for looking after us again! The two tours were definite highlights of our trip – thank you so much. John and Robyn Weigel Owners - Australian Reptile Park, Gosford, NSW www.reptilepark.com.au www.devilark.com.au www.snakeranch.com.au

Truly enjoyed having you share the river with us

July 6, 2010 by Anonymous, 6 years 50 weeks ago
Comment: 23

Christie and I made it back to the States last Tuesday, and back home in Montana for me on Thursday. Thanks again for a great time. We loved it and truly enjoyed having you share the river with us. I went on Trip Advisor and did a review - should show in a few days and hope it helps with business. Who knows, we may just show up on your doorstep somewhere down the road. I've been known to do that once or twice before!

Here's my website address too if you are curious as to what I 'do.' Check it out if you feel called to do so. Thanks again Dan - the Daintree will stick with us. DeeDee McMillan, Montana

Look forward to returning to Daintree

September 13, 2009 by Anonymous, 7 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 22

Dan, we returned to New York and I posted a review of your tour right away - but forgot to do the most important thing - thank you We keep talking about your tour - the snake in the branches, the birds, the jumping shrimps, the stars, the Hubble... Thank you so much for such an unforgettable evening! You were just great ;-)

Look forward to returning to Daintree - this time with our little one, I am sure he will love your tour as well! Thank you! Irina and Boriss New York

Extract taken from the Boston Globe

June 25, 2009 by Anonymous, 8 years 1 day ago
Comment: 21

“A small-town entree to Australia’s wonders” By Christopher Klein, Globe Correspondent

Nature lovers shouldn’t leave north Queensland without visiting Daintree National Park and cruising the Daintree River with Dan Irby’s Mangrove Adventures. Irby takes passengers on a flat-bottom boat that, unlike most river cruises, can navigate the small creeks feeding into the Daintree. And since no more than 10 people can fit on a boat, you’re assured of a personalized tour.

With his bushy white beard and burly physique, Irby looks like an Aussie bushman, and it’s only his hybrid accent that is a clue to an Oklahoma transplant who has lived in Australia for over 30 years. Irby’s tours explore the plants and animals that live in the unique ecosystems of the Daintree’s mangroves, distinctive for their intricate maze of exposed roots along the riverbanks. We got up close and personal with storks, snakes, kingfishers, and other denizens, and we listened in as Irby, like a modern-day Doctor Doolittle, talked back and forth with mangrove robins and other feathered friends with perfectly pitched bird calls.

Of course, most visitors to the Daintree want to see crocodiles, and we were no exception. After seeing one sign after another along the river warning of crocodiles, we expected to have an easy time catching a glimpse of the fearsome reptiles. It turns out, however, that we were much better at spotting what Irby referred to as “log-o-diles,’’ timber that looked like crocs to our untrained eyes.

Luckily, Irby was able to spy a real, live crocodile in the final minutes of our nearly two-hour tour. The baby croc was sunning on a sandbar, mouth agape, possibly waiting.

The tour was most relaxing, enjoyable and educational

June 2, 2009 by Anonymous, 8 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 20

Dear Dan, We greatly enjoyed the wonderful boat tour on the Daintree River that you gave us on Saturday, May 16. The tour was most relaxing, enjoyable and educational! Andy & Martha Van de Ven, Minneapolis

The highlight of my Australia trip

April 18, 2009 by Anonymous, 8 years 9 weeks ago
Comment: 19

Hey Dan, You took me out on a night cruise a few weeks ago, and I made a note to email you my thanks when I got back to the states. It was an incredible experience and, as I said it would likely be, the highlight of my Australia trip. You are a lucky man to make a living on that river. In my short time in the Daintree area, I could tell that it is a truly special place. Now that I have left it, I am considering applying for a work visa to spend a year in the Port Douglas area. Anyway, thank you so much for being as informative and friendly as you were. – Will Slater, North Carolina

The views were both beautiful and mysterious

January 23, 2009 by Anonymous, 8 years 22 weeks ago
Comment: 18

Hi Dan, our boat tour through the rainforest river with you was fantastic! The views were both beautiful and mysterious, and the landscape was teeming with fascinating life! My son Quinn said riding in the boat was like cutting through a thick chocolate cake. Michael Crewdson New York City www.carnivorousnights.com

Croc spotting in daintree

December 10, 2008 by Anonymous, 8 years 28 weeks ago
Comment: 17

Yup, we caved in and joined a crocodile spotting river cruise. The tour was actually called Mangrove Adventures by Dan Irby. It was a two-hour sunset cruise and there were only 8 people in our small boat, in fact we were the only boat in the river that night. (We saw a tiny boat with two locals fishing but that doesnt count because they're almost part of the scenery anyway.)

We first explored the small tributaries where dan spotted for us colorful kingfishers, beautiful gum trees that lean over the river and gives such an enchanted reflection, exotic million old plants (cant remember the names though), and muddy areas where he said crocs like to hang out. we can enter these waterways because his boat is small, dan said there are only two boats in daintree that can do that.

As the sun began to set, we glided to the wider part of the river where we saw a big group of egrets began to roost on some trees. When it got too dark to see anything, Dan turned on his flashlight and looked for nocturnal creatures. We spotted huge fruitbats, green tree frogs and 2 juvenile crocodiles! later on under the starry starry sky, Dan identified several constellations for us. It was magical :) Lala, Singapore. For photos see:http://lalanegrita.blogspot.com/2008/12/croc-spotting-in-daintree.html

Wonderful two hours and quite the highlight of our trip north

April 27, 2008 by Anonymous, 9 years 8 weeks ago
Comment: 16

Just wanted to say how much my partner Robert and I and my daughter Alanna and her son Max enjoyed the night tour we went on the weekend before last. We were there the same night as the Newyorkers. Lovely people. Wonderful two hours and quite the highlight of our trip north. I found your site by accident and have been looking at your marvellous photographs. Wow - just wow. Julia Mendels

Right away we saw a small green double-eyed parrot

November 16, 2007 by Anonymous, 9 years 31 weeks ago
Comment: 15

Extract from Fodor’s Australian and the Pacific Forum. “Right away we saw a small green double-eyed parrot in a hole in a tree right on the water, and there were babies in the nest! There was a beautiful sunset and flocks with hundreds of egrets emerging from every valley and flying overhead. In 2004 when we took this tour, the egrets roosted in some trees right by the water. This year, they had moved recently when some people who were digging for mussels disturbed them. Too bad, because that was one memory that was special to us from our last trip. We spent a lot of time looking for crocodiles and it was very cool to see their red eyes shining in the spotlight. We finally did see one close up, which was very satisfying. We also saw loads of flying foxes hanging in the trees and making a racket, flying over the water, and even one close by the boat with her baby looking over her shoulder. On the way back to the car, we saw a brightly colored tree frog, all on our own”. Sally and Randy, Seattle

Really enjoyed getting to go into some of the less-traveled area

October 26, 2006 by Anonymous, 10 years 34 weeks ago
Comment: 14

This is Chris and Erin Klein from the Boston area. You gave us a tour of the Daintree at the end of August. We had a great time and really enjoyed the personal nature of the tour and getting to go into some of the less-traveled areas along the river. We learned a lot and had fun spotting the "logodiles" along the river banks.

Dan's passion for the Daintree is absolutely infectious

December 23, 2008 by Anonymous, 8 years 26 weeks ago
Comment: 13

Taken from Discovering the Daintree... "No great shakes in the botanical department, I was lucky enough to hook up with one of the region's great characters, Dan Irby. One of the most magical ways to experience the Daintree is with Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures. At sunrise and sunset, Dan runs small, personalised tours of the Daintree River, focusing on the area's natural history. Dan has years of experience in medical and zoological research. His passion for the Daintree is absolutely infectious and we were soon enthusiastically croc spotting, bird watching and learning about the unique flora and fauna" -Sue Fuller. http://travel-accommodation-guide.com/travel-journey/travel-cheapest-tri...

Will most definitely recommend your tour to my clients

June 19, 2007 by Anonymous, 10 years 1 week ago
Comment: 12

A few weeks ago I joined one of your cruises. Thanks again for taking me out. I very much enjoyed it and will most definitely recommend it to my clients. As a matter of fact, the bird watching skills that I managed to copy from yourself and some of the other participants on the cruise, was very useful later during my trip when I stayed for some time at bird watching heaven Mornington Wilderness Camp in the Kimberley's.

As we prefer to book not too many activities for our clients in advance, I will tell them to contact you directly once they're in the Cape Trib area. As we're only a small company at this stage, there won't be busloads of Fivesenses' clients coming your way. However the odd client will for sure find its way to your boat over the upcoming months! Jean-Paul Ponte www.fivesenses.nl

Enjoyed the experience immensely

June 17, 2007 by Anonymous, 10 years 1 week ago
Comment: 11

Thanks very much for hosting Toni and I on your river trip last month. We both enjoyed the experience immensely and it was a highlight of our trip to TNQ. I've attached a couple of photos for your collection, the one of the Australian Woodfrog came out quite nicely. Tim Domelow, Launceston Tasmania.

Recommend tour to anyone who visits the Daintree area

April 27, 2007 by Anonymous, 10 years 8 weeks ago
Comment: 10

Your river trip was truly one of the highlights of our trip to Australia, and we would recommend it to anyone who visits the Daintree area! Please feel free to use any pictures from my site on yours if you so desire. Elijah Woolery www.outofthedeepblue.com

Thank you again for the wonderful tour

May 31, 2005 by Anonymous, 12 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 9

Thank you again for the wonderful tour. It was spectacular! Our pictures came out beautifully, and the tour was definitely a highlight of our trip to Queensland. Dr Jeremy Bailin Melbourne Victoria.

Dan was simply amazing

November 25, 2000 by Anonymous, 16 years 30 weeks ago
Comment: 7

Our first evening at Daintree, we were booked on a "dusk to dark" river cruise through the mangrove swamps with Dan Irby, a delightfully eccentric former research scientist at the Mayo Clinic who fell in love with Australia 30 years ago. As darkness slowly descended upon us, Kookaburras, kingfishers, herons and egrets flew in to roost, the fruit bats appeared overhead and the air was filled with the eerie sounds of the rainforests' nocturnal creatures. Dan was simply amazing, able to spot tree frogs crocodiles and Azure Kingfishers from 50 yards away in the dark. Private website of Blake and Barbara Stone.

Wow, did we LOVE Australia or what!

August 20, 2004 by Anonymous, 12 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 6

Day 6 - Last walk on Cairns' Esplanade - the light in Australia is quite extraordinary - then drive to Cape Tribulation, a short stop at the Bat House where they are nursing injured fruit bats, drive back to Mossman and a Dan Irby's night tour of the Daintree. I loved it - the memories of scenes at sunset still lull me to sleep at night, especially the egrets flying over the water. I wouldn't recommend driving all the way to Cape Trib with a time constraint like we did. Well, I have to stop now, but will post part 4B soon (Port Douglas and the GBR). Wow, did we LOVE Australia or what! Sally and Randy, Seattle Washington.

Out in the wild with the stars overhead was truly awesome

August 21, 2004 by Anonymous, 12 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 5

Oh, I forgot to rave about the stars on the Dan Irby (albeit Ian) night boat tour. I was mesmerized. The Milky Way was so thick it looked like ice cream and the unfamiliar constellations made me feel like I was in another world. We were disappointed that we couldn't do the night tour at Uluru because of the clouds, and were wowed by the stars in Kakadu, but to be out in the wild with the stars overhead was truly awesome. From a submission to a travel forum (Fodor's Australia and the Pacific)

Bird observed on Daintree River from Dan Irby's boat

December 31, 2004 by Anonymous, 12 years 25 weeks ago
Comment: 4

Mangrove Robin, Jonathan Munro et al.16/10/04. Single bird observed on Daintree River from Dan Irby's boat. Great-Billed Herons (4), Jonathan Munro et al.16/10/04. Daintree River from Dan Irby's boat. From Cairns Birds, October (blog).

Impressed with knowledge of both the birds and vegetation

February 14, 2005 by Anonymous, 12 years 19 weeks ago
Comment: 3

G'day Dan, early in January I went with Ian Worcester (also Jo Wieneke and guest, and Townsville photographer Ian Montgomery). This happened to be my 4th maritime trip looking for the Great Billed Heron with previous visits to the Daintree (2) Mossman and Norman River plus several drives up the Daintree and it could not have been better. Hitherto I had believed the G-b Heron to be a mythical bird! We even got good views of a Papuan Frogmouth covering its chick. I was very impressed with knowledge of both the birds and vegetation. If the opportunity arises I would prefer a lengthier trip even at extra cost. Bob Forsyth.

Love your early morning Daintree River cruise

February 16, 2004 by Anonymous, 13 years 18 weeks ago
Comment: 2

The feedback from clients, not surprisingly, indicates that they love your early morning Daintree River cruise and appreciate the very comfortable swivel seats. I prefer to leave the river trip until the last day of our extended tours to allow clients (and me!) to unwind and relax. Jon Monroe (Wild Watch Tours).

Rob's Aussie Odyssey

September 22, 2007 by Anonymous, 9 years 39 weeks ago
Comment: 1

Following is an extract from Rob's blog AussieOdyssey - "We first worked our way down the river to its mouth. Dan said this was his favorite spot on the river – liked to come down here by himself, with a fishing pole and refreshments, and spend most of the day." - to read more visit AussieOdyssey.

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