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Reviewed 13 March 2021

Really enjoyed the day and looking forward to doing it again next dry season. You can take a small esky for a few drinks on the cruise home. There were also helicopters on the beach for quick joy flights.

Date of experience: July 2020
Thank KimL907
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Reviewed 12 November 2020

I have always wanted to visit the Tiwi Islands and this was my chance! 2 1/2 hr boat trip to make a screen print and that was about it. Bit of damper on arrival and soggy sandwich for lunch. Then in the absolute heat of the day they walked us to an old church and then a closed Museum!. (Which they knew was closed but didn't tell us until we had walked there.) I have been many places and done many tours but this was the absolute worst. All this and we paid $349 each. I wanted to see the island not this rubbish. Don't go! Worst trip we have ever done especially at this cost.

We were with our hotel travel person when she booked this for us. There was no mention of the museum being closed when she booked it. When we received a confirmation email after the booking was done and paid for, we noted it on the notes. It does however say this willl be substituted by other activities which of course did not happen.

When we complained to our agent and she contacted the company it took them days to respond and then they offered us $50 each off the ticket. We took this as we believed they would just dig their heels in if we pushed for more, but we truly believe that we should have been offered a 50% discount. When you take into account that the return ferry trip is $120 then we paid $229 each for morning tea, a sandwich lunch, a screen printed T shirt (and the shirts are not top quality they are from BigW) and a visist to a church. And all they offer us is $50 each off. Most expensive damper sandwich and screen print that you will ever do.

DO NOT DO THIS TRIP. It is a total rip off and you will not have a good day.

Date of experience: November 2020
6  Thank Christopher M
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Reviewed 5 November 2020

Great trip to the Tiwi Islands. Start and end to a great day. The crew were friendly and informative. Would highly recommend.

Date of experience: November 2020
Thank jenniec773
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Reviewed 24 October 2020 via mobile

I have never felted compelled to write a negative review ever, but this was such an aweful experience that I would have preferred to have had a more realistic expectation before embarking on this experience.
This was an incredible disappointment! I'm not sure where the name "Island of smiles" came from, but they could not have been referencing Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst island. The locals did not appear to care much for visitors. The map provided by the ferry service was absolutely useless, and yet it would not be hard for them to do it properly.
While we have visited many indigenous villages around the world, this was the most disappointing ever. The "attractions" we're all closed... and it's not November yet.... the church, the museum. The only accessible toilet that we found in the village was at Tiwi by design, which unfortunately was also a spot just for overpriced local art. It's clear that much of their stock hasn't moved in years.
The Bima Wear store had no signage on it, and is hidden behind another unnamed building. Stepping inside the less than 8 square metre space, there were no staff to be seen, and a hand full of clothing items hanging on two rails. I saw a sleeveless vest for $40 and a sleeveless t-shirting dress for $140. We left within 10 seconds of entering and had very little else to go and "explore" while waiting the 4 hours for the return ferry trip. There is only one man made shaded structure on the island for Visitors to seek shelter in.
There are no facilities to refill water bottles or purchase a cold drink from. The saddest of all was the disgusting state of the area. I have never seen a place in Australia (or a tourist hot spot in any other country) as filthy and littered as this one.
My mother and I found a picnic bench under a tree to go and wait out our time. Within half an hour, we had picked up enough litter strewn at the waters edge (which you can't swim in!!) to half fill an empty municipal wheely bin....which had strategically been placed within meters of the picnic bench.
It would appear that the locals make fires here, and leave the empty meat trays, coke bottles and empty syringes on the ground where they've sat. One consolation was that amongst all of the street dogs that roam the village, none of them appeared ill or malnourished. On the ferry trip home, we met some locals from Melville island who advised us next time, to rather visit the two communities there as they promised that their communities are far more welcoming to visitors who wish to learn more about their culture and way of life. There won't be a next time. This unfortunately is a disastrous tourist trap with no facilities once you are stranded there, and it should not be on the list of "must do's" when visiting Darwin.

Date of experience: October 2020
5  Thank lieseldrake
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Reviewed 15 October 2020

Excellent day trip. The boat trip of 2 1/2 hours on Sealink was pleasant; The boat had all the required catering facilities, food drinks etc. The Tour was well organized with a nice slow pace in the heat. The Welcome and smoking ceremony were interesting, engaging with some good humour as well.
Then morning tea/coffee with some excellent damper and jam. Went on a tour of the old church and was told some very interesting stories. The tour also gave a much greater understanding of the people and their culture. Lunch was a prepared box style with a choice of fresh sandwiches, fruit, cake, drink box and chocolate. Nobody went hungry. Then we watched and later did our own screen printing which was great. The Tiwi people were warm, welcoming and interesting. A day very well spent.

Date of experience: October 2020
1  Thank SimmoAdelaide
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