14 Mar Diving with Crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove
Diving with Crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove
Without a doubt Australia is an incredible country – however…most animals here are either dangerous or deadly (or both), and its best you keep your distance. But at Crocosaurus Cove you are encouraged to do the opposite. Crocosaurus Cove is the only place in Australia where you can safely dive with saltwater crocodiles. Yep, you read that correctly.
- The ‘Cage of Death’
Crocosaurus Cove has various activities, but by far the most popular is diving in the ‘Cage of Death’ among the crocodiles.
But do not let its name fool you, this clear plastic tube is designed to keep you safe while you are submerged in the crocodiles’ enclosure. This is a great way of observing the animals up close and personal while being perfectly safe.
- Different ways to meet the crocodiles
If you’re not up for diving with crocodiles, Crocosaurus Cove has other ways of getting its visitors acquainted with these extraordinary creatures. You can hold a baby crocodile, or swim in a pool next to a tank teeming with them. Throughout feeding shows are organized to showcase just how strong a crocodile’s bite can be. You can even feed the crocks yourself.
- More than just crocodiles here
Although the crocodiles are the attraction of Crocosaurus Cove, the place is also home to the largest collection of Australian reptiles in the world. Their list counts over 70 species, most found naturally in the surrounding Northern Territory region. This is a live testimony to the area’s unrivalled biodiversity, and offers a great opportunity to learn more about them without disturbing them (too much, that is).
Here you can find a large number of venomous snakes (including the deadliest in the world), along with the huge range of lizards, skinks, geckos, and more on display – most of these species being too elusive to ever see in their natural habitat.
- Harmless species also can be found here
Another amazing attraction at Crocosaurus Cove is the 200,000-litre freshwater aquarium, modelled on a typical Top End river system. It houses an abundance of fish species: including the majestic whiprays (the freshwater equivalent of stingrays) and Darwin’s famous (and delicious) barramundi. The most impressive specimens are definitely the Archer Fish and their daily feeding shows in which they can show off how they shoot down prey with jets of water.
In another side of Crocosaurus Cove, the Turtle Billabong houses a colourful variety of adorable turtles, including red and yellow face turtles, pig nose turtles, and snapping turtles.
Crocosaurus Cove is located on Mitchell Street in the centre of Darwin city. It’s open seven days a week, but for the Cage of Death diving experience you need to book in advance. Conquer your fears, and take a plunge with these ferocious and majestic predators.