Indo Pacific Marine, Darwin

3.3
#11 of 17 in Parks in Darwin
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. With our online itinerary creator, Darwin attractions like Indo Pacific Marine can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • I have been to Indo pacific once many years ago with international guests and they loved it, John is very knowledgeable and a true Territory character. This time I was taken there by my niece (8 yo) w...  more »
  • Hot and stuffy inside so needed plenty of water but what John doesn't know about the local marine life isn't worth knowing. He was very well-informed, engaging, friendly, and great with getting the ki...  more »
  • Great displays and lots of great information. Very friendly staff and very informative about local produce and destinations. Thoroughly enjoyed the visit and highly recommend it.  more »
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  • Spent as much on admission price as aquariums with many rooms and 4 times as many exhibitions. The owner was keen for us to see the documentary movie of which we caught about 5 minutes (the people that were already there said they had been watching it for 28 minutes and that it was quite boring). We were then whisked into the first room to be interrogated by the owner about aquatic life (something we thought we would learn about when we got there). The owner (who was also the guide and admin person) told us about how all the tanks used natural cleaning methods and therefore had not been cleaned in 30 years. We didn't see many fish to be honest. We were then assured that if we came to the night event we would see an abundance of marine life including creatures that glowed in the dark. We were also told that the water was full of plankton that could easily be seen with a black light (something that probably could have been bought with our entrance fees since they weren't being used to clean the tanks). As the lecture continued we were lucky enough to have another group show up and distract our guide who then excused himself as we wondered whether we were allowed to move from the room. We inched through to the second room to find a few interesting tropical fish and one shark-like fish with another very scared looking silver fish in the tank. We don't know what types they were as no tanks had labels. Just random large posters on the walls with some quotes on them. The gift shop was pitiable at best with a few dust covered objects that might have attracted a few customers in 1999. The prized possession was the t-shirt with a badly written quote from "Finding Nemo" that was supposed to be humorously incorrect. Needless to say, we escaped as soon as we could. Go to Berry Springs Wildlife Park instead if you can. Much better value.
  • This place is geared towards the real reef experience. The owner is totally focused on the environment. It is a one man show and you should treat it as that and follow him about. My 8 yo said the movie was long but really fascinating. Not for the person looking for a glossy neon glib experience. It is a real learning experience. Very under rated.
  • The owners are real Aussie Gems; totally focused on the environmental aspects of the amazing marine life local to the area. The knowledge is unprecedented and I'd encourage anyone to go support their work.
  • 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.

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