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Indo Pacific Marine, Darwin

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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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  • An excellent place to find out about the Coral Reef ecosystem and how it effects our daily lives. For old and young. Lots of interesting displays. Very unique and informative.  more »
  • If you want to see the coral and fish in darwin harbour this is a must. A great educational tour by a passionate local. Be aware it is council paid parking.  more »
  • Agree with Nolad 1603 + Geminideb 10 + Debbie A that the senior man running this place has a real love and enthusiasm for marine life and can entertain with tales of Darwin Harbour for an hour or more  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.