Crocosaurus Cove Darwin Review is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.
I’ve bungee jumped in Victoria Falls (see 3,2,1 Bungee!). I’ve tried to dive with Great Whites in South Africa (see Ripoff Alert! Great White Cage Diving in South Africa with SharkLady Adventures). Today, I was put into a death cage with the most amazing animal in the world, the crocodile.
I don’t have a death wish nor am I depressed, so why do I keep doing these reckless things? I have no idea but am always glad when I do.
If you’re going to Darwin, be sure to book the cage in advance. Even during the rainy season, it was sold out. It costs $260AUD for two people.
They make visitors sign a release in case they are killed in the cage. It’s unlikely but you are going into the water with a crocodile.
Like my other croc adventures this trip (see Croc Jumping Darwin: Keep Your Hands Inside at All Times), I paid attention to the safety debrief. I also paid attention as to where to position myself in the cage for optimal photo opportunities.
It costs $109AUD to get professional photos taken. Like the bungee, I don’t see the point of doing this and having no memories of it. I brought my own camera into the cage but there were so many scratches on the outside of the glass that the pictures were not clear. Don’t be cheap. Pay for the photos.
Before getting in, there was a feeding. This showcased the power of the crocs and would give anyone who had doubts about going in one last chance to opt out.
Loaded in Cage
The scariest part of the experience was getting into the cage and being lowered into the water. It reminded me of another TPOL movie favorite, Big Trouble in China, when the elevator was filling to the brim with water.
Sit Back and Try to Relax
Our croc’s name was Wendell. He was a big boy. At first, he sat still, in no mood to perform. Then he decided to say hello and rammed the cage with his head. The power was amazing. It shook the glass with force. Wendell calmed down a bit after that and began swimming around us. The photographer did an outstanding job capturing these surreal photos.
After tolerating our company, Wendell deserved a snack. It was not we.
After surviving the croc dive, I got a chance to see the baby crocs. I was surprised how soft they are. They’re great kissers too.
This was an integral part of my croc tour. It was awesome. It ranks high on the list of all the bonkers activities that I’ve done.
- If you’re diving with someone else, set up a signal for going up for air. That way the pictures capture both of you at the same time.
- Crocosaurus Cove: 58 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia