Indo Pacific Marine, Darwin

3.1
#12 of 18 in Parks in Darwin
A privately funded venture to showcase the diversity of the coral reefs, Indo Pacific Marine opened its doors in 1971. The exhibits highlight the biodiversity of Darwin's waters and draw attention to the reef's important function in the biosphere. You'll see tanks inhabited by a colorful array of sea creatures, exhibits on pearling, and perhaps even a chance to see a barramundi feeding. A documentary video and a guided tour will leave well informed about the life of the reef. With our online itinerary creator, Darwin attractions like Indo Pacific Marine can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We were privileged to be shown the life’s work of a couple passionate about Darwin and the marine environment. Yes it is old and hot but we learned heaps and found it thoroughly worthwhile. A treasure...  more »
  • This a fantastic place to visit if you are keen to learn more about the reef, Darwin harbour and the sea life. It is not a flashy aquarium but a humble collection of biodiversity tanks. Very interesti...  more »
  • Fantastic. Leave a bit more time than expected. Very interesting if you are a lover of animals and extremely informative about the Marine life. You won't get that from an aquarium. I won't look at aqu...  more »
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  • Look.. I’ll start with the positives... If you are looking for an informative and education time, this is a good place to go... However you are kind of force fed an hour long documentary at the start (which I did learn from) before finally being shown the aquarium. Once in the aquarium, we were unsure whether we were allowed to explore at our own pace or whether we had to stay with the owner on his guided tour. The owner was very knowledgeable, however was quite forceful with his information. Unfortunately there was a lack of fish for the money paid and our time would have been better spent elsewhere.
  • People that went there have got to agree with me to how hot it is inside there! But being open minded and trying to bare the heat you can learn a loooot from the man that runs the place. His knowledge about the ocean and marine life is amazing! Great to see all the sea life well looked after and all alive for so many years!
  • Spent as much on admission price as aquariums with many rooms and 4 times as many exhibitions. The owner was keen for us to see the documentary movie of which we caught about 5 minutes (the people that were already there said they had been watching it for 28 minutes and that it was quite boring). We were then whisked into the first room to be interrogated by the owner about aquatic life (something we thought we would learn about when we got there). The owner (who was also the guide and admin person) told us about how all the tanks used natural cleaning methods and therefore had not been cleaned in 30 years. We didn't see many fish to be honest. We were then assured that if we came to the night event we would see an abundance of marine life including creatures that glowed in the dark. We were also told that the water was full of plankton that could easily be seen with a black light (something that probably could have been bought with our entrance fees since they weren't being used to clean the tanks). As the lecture continued we were lucky enough to have another group show up and distract our guide who then excused himself as we wondered whether we were allowed to move from the room. We inched through to the second room to find a few interesting tropical fish and one shark-like fish with another very scared looking silver fish in the tank. We don't know what types they were as no tanks had labels. Just random large posters on the walls with some quotes on them. The gift shop was pitiable at best with a few dust covered objects that might have attracted a few customers in 1999. The prized possession was the t-shirt with a badly written quote from "Finding Nemo" that was supposed to be humorously incorrect. Needless to say, we escaped as soon as we could. Go to Berry Springs Wildlife Park instead if you can. Much better value.
  • This place is geared towards the real reef experience. The owner is totally focused on the environment. It is a one man show and you should treat it as that and follow him about. My 8 yo said the movie was long but really fascinating. Not for the person looking for a glossy neon glib experience. It is a real learning experience. Very under rated.
  • Great place to take the kids and for adults to learn about our local marine life very educational.

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