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Indo Pacific Marine, Darwin

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#10 of 16 in Parks in Darwin
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
A privately funded venture to showcase the diversity of the coral reefs, Indo Pacific Marine opened its doors in 1971. The exhibits highlight the biodiversity of Darwin's waters and draw attention to the reef's important function in the biosphere. You'll see tanks inhabited by a colorful array of sea creatures, exhibits on pearling, and perhaps even a chance to see a barramundi feeding. A documentary video and a guided tour will leave well informed about the life of the reef. Use our Darwin trip builder to visit Indo Pacific Marine on your trip to Darwin, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The tour wasn't really a tour, the guide started off explaining the main tank in the facility and then the group just got bored or sidetracked and wandered around to look at the other exhibits. Guide ...  more »
  • very long tour. The person who took us round was very boring, too long tour. would have being better to look around at our own speed.  more »
  • This attraction is very informative on coral and marine life around Darwin and gives you a good insight on the sea life without getting wet. However it is very tired and the displays need a spruce up....  more »
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  • I've been there with my family more or less spontaneous because we found it on TripAdvisor. We were offered to watch the movie before the next "tour" started. The first pool the owner explained a lot and it got a bit boring. One thing that was fascinating: it's a self working system without cleaning, water change. After that we could have a look at all the aquariums and it was great. We learned a lot and the owner explained whatever we asked. Would definitely come back again!
  • This was a most informative exhibition for a private business with no government funding . John is passionate about the ocean and it's inhabitants and shared the history of Darwin as well as his knowledge of coral and fish . Well worth a visit.
  • This is a quite understated exhibition. It's much more than it appears. The owner of Indo Pacific Marine aquarium is a long time Darwin local privy to all of the secrets and history lurking beneath the waters of Darwin. The owner takes a personal interest in every visitor and his commentary is extremely lively and informed and he has a great skill in piquing the interest of children. If you want to know what's under Darwin Harbour and how it all lives together the Indo Pacific Marine exhibition is the place to learn. Highly recommended.
  • Very informative and a lovely educational experience for the whole family. I wish it was cheaper then we would go more often.
  • If you want a non commercialised educational experience with the reef/ocean this is the place for you. John is a wealth of knowledge and explains everything in a no nonsense way. Get up close with many sea creatures. A must in Darwin.

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A small but distinctly cosmopolitan city, Darwin offers a surprisingly diverse range of lodgings, with most hotels located in or near the central business district. Despite this, finding a comfortable room during the peak May-to-September season can be extremely difficult, especially if you don't book ahead of your visit. If planning months in advance isn't an option, consider staying at a backpacker hostel or guesthouse outside the city center. Many of these smaller establishments offer access to free Wi-Fi and outdoor swimming pools.
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