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“A great day in the rainforest!”

Heritage & Interpretive Tours
Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A great day in the rainforest!”
Reviewed 4 December 2013

I adored our day with Pete. He is a capital C Character. One part Crocodile Dundee, one part parish Vicar, and one part your favorite professor of Everything, Pete made me wish the day didn’t have to end. Truly, I wanted to invite him to come and have dinner and a pint with us, but Pablo reminded me that hanging out with us is the guy’s j.o.b. and he got off work at 5. He’s just the kind of tour guide who becomes your new BFF. Being a “people person” is a skill and one that is highly valued in the tourism industry, but few people can do it in a way that is so genuine and engaging you literally forget that you PAID for the service. Pete is the best of the rare breed.

Pablo found him on the internet among many who offer similar tours. Pete got our reservation prior to leaving the states because of his prompt and witty responses to all of Pablo’s inquiries. We knew he was going to be “our kind of guide” from his emails. We were not disappointed.

Pete will pick you up from your lodging (early pick up, 7 am) in his brand new, totally geared up range rover. Pete’s tours are private (your group can be no larger than 6 people) so there is a slight tariff for the privilege of not riding in a large van with 16 sweating tourists, but we have found that a private tour is well worth the added expense under some circumstances. A tour of the rain forest would definitely be one of those circumstances. Our first “desto” was a boat ride up the Daintree river. Because it was mating season, our crocs were otherwise engaged (presumably doing the nasty up some creek) and we didn’t get to see one, but our boat captain was a veritable font of crocodile information nevertheless. We reconnoitered with Pete at the end of the river tour and from there we drove deep into the rain forest.

On most of the standard “big” group tours I doubt that they venture very far into the forest on foot. Judging from the “path” (I use the word in the loosest possible connection to its meaning) we were on, we were the first human beings to do so. Along the way, Pete stopped every few feet to pick up and inspect every kind of insect and point out every kind of flora with a very colorful lecture. (He encouraged us to lick the green butts of some large ants saying, “they taste quite a bit like the Starburst candies”. Uh. No thanks, Pete.) His oration was centered around the improbably scenario wherein your plane crashes and you survive the crash but you are in the middle of an impenetrable rain forest without food or water. (Maybe just some teeny tiny bottles of airplane Hiram Walker.) We learned more than we could retain, but every single minute was highly entertaining nonetheless. We trekked deep into the forest to a kind of natural shrine formed by three enormous trees that reminded us of the sort in Cambodia (featured in the Lara Croft movie). Next, our tour took us down to the beach where Pete’s vast knowledge veered into oceanography and ocean related biology.

The most adventurous thing I did on the tour (besides promise to not freak out if a leach hopped a ride) was to taste some “happy flowers” (mushroom taste) which are known to be eaten in quantities by the local “hippies”. (Yes, they are still around these parts, like vestiges of the ‘60s replete with dreads and tie dyed clothing, though I suppose the political aspirations have changed some. It seems more a lifestyle choice and fashion statement to these “hippies”, although they are the foundation of the artsy fartsy crowd up in Kuranda – a different tour for a different day.)

After our walk on the beach Pete pulled out a delightful boxed lunch reminiscent of an African walking Safari lunch sans booze. (Why do the Africans think Americans drink so much?) A few more sites to visit and then we called it a day. Pete returned us to our B&B just in time for “sundowners”. (That’s why! Duh!)

If you want an upgrade from the usual guided tour, and you don’t mind the small premium, do yourself a favor. Call or email Pete in Port Douglas. An experience you won’t soon forget.

Visited November 2013
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English first
Lake Orion, Michigan
1 review
“A must-do for tourists”
Reviewed 27 October 2013

Pete was so knowledgable and friendly and answered all of my questions and there were many of them! He had no problem taking pictures for us on a hidden beach and I learned so much If I return to Australia I will most certainly be going on another of his tours he helped make my trip unforgettable
And I will never be able to thank him enough for that I highly recommend this tour. ---Suzanne

Visited September 2013
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Rock Hill, New York
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Great day and tour with Pete in the Daintree Rainforest”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Our family of five took the heritage interpretive tour with Pete and spent the day in the Daintree Rainforest. The guided tour was informative, fun and very exciting. Pete's knowledge of the Daintree was incredible and we enjoyed the stories of his life experiences in Africa, New Guinea and Australia. We learned about edible berries, survival skills, wildlife and the uniqueness of the plants in the Daintree Rainforest and so much more. We also enjoyed the nice selection of teas, coffees and goodies included in the tour. This is a great family experience and we highly recommend it.

Visited August 2013
Thank Alan S
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Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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“Fantastic way to see the Daintree!”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

I can thoroughly recommend doing a tour with Pete as he is incredibly knowledgeable and interesting, as well as clearly very passionate about the Daintree. Couldn't think of a better way to explore the beautiful rainforest.

Visited June 2013
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Seeshaupt, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“You will enjoy Pete”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

Booking Pete is advised as he is a true character. With being born and raised in Kenia, spending some 24 years in Papa New Guinea and now over fifteen years in the Rainforest he can share wonderful experiences and introduce you to survival in nature. You will learn a lot about plants, natural medicines and animal life, but be advised, that the rainforest is not crowded with birds or other big animals, hence a combination of this tour with a visit to the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat is advisable. With Pete you will climb inside giant trees, taste ants and termites, swim in water retention of a creek, taste rainforest fruits as well as tee, fruit juice, sandwiches and wonderful cookies made by his wife, and enjoy learning about termites, Cape Tribulation, the Cassowary bird, mangroves and other attractions. He knows trails away from the touristic offers and while you should have a capacity to adjust to his special english slang the tour is worthwhile even if you catch not all of his stories.

Visited April 2013
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