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Turtle Tracks Tour to Bare Sand Island from Darwin

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    Leaving Darwin at 4pm on a date especially picked around the lunar cycle, your cobwebs will be blown away as Darwin Harbour is left in the wake of your fast boat. With the warm breeze on your face and the smell of salt in the air, life will become surreal as you skim over turquoise waters on the way to the nesting ground for flatback and olive ridley sea turtles.
    Keeping your eyes peeled for marine mammals and reptiles, your journey will take you past historic Charles Point Lighthouse into Bynoe Harbour, arriving at a remote beach in time for the sun set. Explore the island with your local turtle guides and learn about the ancient marine creatures, the island's unique war history and the traditional ownership of the land. As you experience day turning to night, you will be privileged to see that amazing tropical sunset color the sky.
    Back on board your bento meal will delight, and then after twilight fades, Team Turtle will take you for a guided walk to witness the egg laying ritual. For those who take this adventure late in the season you may witness the eruption of baby turtles 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.
    This tour is conducted around the lunar cycle – full moon and new moon are the best times to see the turtles. Nature dictates your experience and return time – the females usually come up around sunset, although there are no guarantees. The tour will return later if babies are hatching. Note that nesting turtles or hatchlings cannot be guaranteed on any tour though in 2018 our 100% of our guests experienced a turtle sighting.  This cruise Advanced Eco and ROC Accreditation and is conducted by an award winning local Darwin company.  All turtle watching permits are in place as required by local authorities.  As this tour is conducted on an island belonging to the Kenbi people, the tour price includes permit fees.
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    Reviewed 2 days ago

    What an amazing experience with the most amazing people to guide us. Team on board the all new high speed boat were all awesome. A very comfortable fast ride out to Bare Sand Island with a stop to have stretch half way. Lots of history...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

    This experience is worth every dollar spent on it. A truly unique experience with knowledgeable guides, totally eco friendly the experience was amazing from Start to finish w an amazing sunset, patience and respect for turtles and topped up with a magical full moon... the...More

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    SeaDarwin, Owner at Sea Darwin, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Hi Scubastar, Thankyou for taking the time to post a review. We're glad you enjoyed your trip out to Bare Sand. We agree that the full moon does make the night magical. Great photos too, thanks for sharing.

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    We loved every moment on this tour. This was an amazing insight to the life of a turtle, the research being done to learn more about their movements and the life of a researcher. Turtle tracks took us on a comfortable 1.5hr fast boat ride...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Karen19092014
    SeaDarwin, Owner at Sea Darwin, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

    Hi Karen, Thankyou for much for your insightful review. We appreciate the time you've taken, and are so glad that you enjoyed the adventure.

    Reviewed June 29, 2019

    Once on the Island we were fortunate to be given a talk by “Dr Turtle” who knows everything about the flat backs. Saw a turtle already laying eggs in her nest. The volunteers were recording details and again the professor gave us such a lot...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    SeaDarwin, Owner at Sea Darwin, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2019

    Hi 123LS, How blessed are we when Dr Mick Guinea is on the island, he is always so generous with his time and with sharing his knowledge. We are also lucky that all of our turtle guides are present or past Austurtle volunteers, (and marine...More

    Reviewed August 29, 2018

    I liked the fact that the guides do their best that the group disturbs as less as possible the female turtles nesting. We were lucky that scientists were at the same time on the island and we could have babies turtles in our hands and...More

    Date of experience: August 2018
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    SeaDarwin, Manager at Sea Darwin, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

    Hi Juannie, Thanks for taking the time to review our business, and yes how lucky are we that Austurtle spend time on Bare Sand Island, and that they are so generous with sharing their knowledge with our guests. Bare Sand is a wonderful destination when...More

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    June 10, 2018|
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    Response from Karen H | Reviewed this property |
    The tours can only be booked during breeding and hatching cycles, mid year, and are set around the lunar cycle. If you go online to SeaDarwin website their tour dates will be showen.
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