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Indo Pacific Marine

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Passion on display

Our visit here was an unexpected treat. There is nothing flashy and the place overall appears to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bunbury, Australia
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Lovely coral and fishes

I was there on 11Sept 2018 for an hour as I need to catch my flight in the afternoon. During that... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Singapore, Singapore
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible11%
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Indo Pacific Marine began on 1971 as a privately funded project to develop and establish onshore marine ecosystems highlighting the unique features and biodiversity of the coral reefs that are in our Darwin waters.Indo Pacific Marine has become the...more
Darwin Wharf Precinct | Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory 8000, Australia
+61 8 8981 1294
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 6 September 2014

Fundamentally, this is a really good attraction: it includes a couple of self-sustaining coral-reef ecosystems that are indoors but spawn under natural moonlight, just like they do on the Barrier Reef, and at precisely the same time each year as the corals in Darwin harbour....More

6  Thank JElliot32
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 8 October 2016

From the moment we walked into this place we knew we had made a mistake however we were unable to escape. After 15 minutes of watching an 80's documentary about The Great Barrier Reef and sitting on old garden chairs we were summoned for the...More

7  Thank Debbie B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited here years back and it was amazing. We wanted to visit again during a two day Darwin visit. Was closed Monday, but open when we went by in the bus on Tuesday. Went back after lunch to find it closed at 1PM. The...More

Thank Malferg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our visit here was an unexpected treat. There is nothing flashy and the place overall appears to need a makeover but John and the coral reef on display are both interesting and informative. We felt included, not rushed and learnt heaps. The discounted rate we...More

Thank Raemirhi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was there on 11Sept 2018 for an hour as I need to catch my flight in the afternoon. During that hour, I really enjoyed my stay there as the owner, Mr Jon Ostara, explained every details about the marine ecosystem, coral and fishes. I...More

Thank angelaong882018
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For the entrance fee this is poor. Very tired and lacking in any real structure struggled to find anything positive to see. Has potential but appeared neglected and lacking some TLC

Thank Nigel C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour and information provided. Excellent for people who would not be able to snorkel or dive. Sounds like they are doing a great job reaching out to educate. Price is ok too.

Thank Carmel M
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

The owner and his wife operate the centre independently of external funding, because of their passion for marine ecosystems. The tour was very personal, learning about the different types of coral, ecosystems and fish. I personally enjoyed the education basis and passion of the tour.

Thank Deeann N
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Awful. Please don’t waste your money . Very outdated and tired . We left after sitting for 20 minutes in a “ video “ room on plastic chairs with a very old video . Didnt even see real fish !!!! We went the flying doctors...More

Thank KylieF37
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

After paying $27x2 for entry, we were shown an outdated film about coral reefs, while interesting it would be nice to have more updated information. We were then taken o the main room which is home to a medium sized aquarium/pool which was kept with...More

2  Thank Grace L
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

This is a humble site with a great passion for conservation and education. You wont see dolphins seals or great crocs, however it provides a fascinating insight into our fragile eco systems and the marine life of local reefs. The tour is informative, unpretentious and...More

Thank Isabelle H
Reviewed 7 September 2018 via mobile

This is a a great place, it's a shame that the government want to close it. Yes it needs a revamp, but if the Darwin government got behind this passionate guy it would be great.. I hope it all works out for them.

Thank Alex D
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7 April 2018|
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Response from Jennifer M | Reviewed this property |
Definitely no snorkelling, it is an aquarium and I wouldn't waste my time going there
7 April 2018|
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Response from Carolyn_Hall2013 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, this is an exhibit where you walk around and look into the tanks, no snorkelling here :) Its a great exhibit and I'd thoroughly recommend it. I can't remember the pricing though. Have fun