Crocosaurus Cove: THE CAGE OF DEATH!

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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.

Waiting for TPOL

Booking
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.

Waiver
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.

Come on in, water’s warm.

Prep
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.

Photos
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.

Feeding
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.

As Tony Romo says, “Here we go!”

Where’s he going?

Getting Comfortable 

No time for love Dr. Jones

What are we doing in here?

More Feeding
After tolerating our company, Wendell deserved a snack. It was not we.

Baby Croc
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.

Overall
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.

TPOL’s TIPs:

  • 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

6 COMMENTS

  1. I think you’re effing nuts, bless your heart. You’re taking the “You know what old Jack Burton always says at a time like this?” stuff a little far.

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