The life jackets were locked up, not needed; we were told that if the boat sank there would be a 0% chance of survival. Our “tour guide” was a man who lived in isolation in the Australian bush and cooked his meals by fire. He carried a knife and a gun on his belt in case any unwanted intruders decided to come on-board. We were in Darwin, the only place in the world where you can see jumping crocodiles, and we were on one of four boats in the world that had a license- our boat happened to be the smallest of the four.
We were warned of a few things before hand. Walk one at a time to the boat, and don’t stop or put any body parts over the jetty because hundreds of crocodiles were watching us. While on board, do not put any body parts outside of the boat. Do not stand up unless told to because if the crocodiles figured out that there were people on board, they would overtake the boat and drag us off. In the last few years, there had been quite a few crocodile related deaths in Darwin and one of them was where we were.
As the boat left the jetty, crocodiles started appearing all around the boat and followed us. They associate the sound of the boat with food- which is actually not great if the boat breaks down. I was excited to be there but also anxious to get back to land without our small boat sinking. We ended up having the best seats and the crocodiles were literally millimetres away from me as they jumped to catch their food.
Here are some pictures and videos I took from the tour:
We ended up making it back safe and sound to the jetty, with only one minor incident when my Dad stuck his arm over the boat for a second and the whole boat screamed. Luckily he didn’t get eaten by the giant crocodile that lived under the jetty, whose girlfriend was swimming around the boat. That would have been a bad end to the tour.
If you’re interested in going on this tour, we booked it as part of a day trip with Litchfield Escapes. This day trip is a great way to see the crocs and experience a day in Litchfield National Park if you do not have a car. If you want to just go on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise it is possible if you have a car, and is about 1hr and 15min outside of Darwin. There are a few crocodile cruises in the area along the Adelaide River, so make sure you go to Adelaide River Cruises where you can experience the crocs up close on the small boat…. unless you’re scared.