Crocosaurus Cove – The Cage of Death

8 Comments January 22, 2009 / Posted in Travel, Wildlife
Bert jumping

I’ve always been fascinated by Saltwater Crocodiles. Perhaps its because of its sheer size and it’s prehistoric look. So what did I decide to do whilst visiting NT (Northern Territory)? I decided to swim with one :)

Crocosaurus Cove is a new attraction centered in the heart of Darwin, Northern Territory (Australia). Forget swimming with great white sharks, Crocosaurus Cove gave me the chance to actually swim with huge saltwater crocodiles.

Now before you contact me to see if I’m still alive, I will be protected by a an enclosed glass wall “The Cage of Death”. It doesn’t make the experience any less daunting though. I was scared, very scared.

Preparing mentally include reading a lot of Cage of Death experience. The Cage of Death is made of 8 sided plastic like material (perspex?) with a wire cage lid. When it’s lowered down to the crocodile enclosure, I will be swimming and diving down. As the crocodile senses my movement, I just hope the cage holds up, as this 4cm protection is the only thing saving me from been ripped to shreads.

As I arrived, I observed the cage and saw lots of scratches. I also managed to see the huge crocodiles behind their massive resident tanks.  I will be swimming with 3 crocodiles:

  • Chopper – Chopper is a 5.5 meter saltwater crocodile weighing 760kg. He’s 80 years old. Hes had a tough life, fighting with crocs weighinga tonne. This has resulted losing one of his legs. Is known to be very aggressive.
  • Bert – The croc that flew and tried to take my legs of (pics) is by far the most aggressive of the 3, very territorial and definitely needs temper management. He’s an ex movie star, was in the original Crocodile Dundee movie. Also 5.5 meters long, 700kgs.
  • Snowy – though Snowy white is not a true albino,  he is pure white, just didn’t have the pigmentation to produce color. Snowy is  a little smaller than the other 2.

Before they allowed me to swim I needed to sign an indemnity form (Why is that necessary, its not like I was doing to die, right????). I was then lead  into the cage. The cage was then closed and lowered. I saw the scratches on the wall, my heart began pounding faster and faster.

I don’t want to spoil it for those who will be doing it, but there is a surprise ending. I’d highly recommend it if you are ever in Darwin. It was an awesome experience, swimming with an animal so big and ferocious. If you survived the Sling Shot ride, this is the next in line.

  1. squizzmaster said on February 18th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    WOW!! That looks scary but ohhh so fun. Bert looks. Unsatisfied.

  2. Mai Lin said on February 19th, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Yes burt was by far the nastiest! very territorial and will probably eat me me in a second if he had the chance! :)

  3. scarface5445 said on September 21st, 2009 at 7:13 am

    what is the surprise ending

  4. Mai said on September 21st, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    If I told you I’d have to kill you 😉

  5. Gayle Stannard said on February 18th, 2010 at 1:59 pm


    This is on my to do list right up there with shark cage & white pointers off South Australia. gayle

  6. Mai said on February 18th, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Yeah, could not agree more :) – such an amazing animal. Make sure you ask for Bert – he’s the biggest and the grumpiest one :)!!

    OMG Gayle let me know how you go with cage diving with the great white shark!!! I had the choice of going to South Australia, Port Lincoln to swim with the sharks or swimming with the crocs in Darwin, chose crocs 😛 I definitely want to befriend the sharks one day though :)

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