- Sun canopy
- Bow or midship loading
- Large LCD display screen for sonar or USB
- Sonar and stereo
- Dive capable
The MV Olive Ridley is Sea Darwin’s newest vessel, commissioned in 2019 for the express purpose of Darwin Harbour cruises and Darwin Harbour diving. It was designed for Darwin’s coastal conditions by Stephen Plummer of Woody Marine, and built in Brisbane, Queensland. It is solid ‘RIB” all aluminium construction, 12m in length and surveyed to carry 24 passengers offshore and 28 passengers inshore. It is powered by twin 450 hp Yamaha outboards which makes it capable of 40 knots. Its speed and comfort across tropical waters enables passengers to have an exhilarating ride at one with the elements.
The name “Olive Ridley” comes from the smallest species of sea turtle. These sea turtles are found in Northern Territory waters, with a small number nesting on our Top End coast, including Bare Sand Island.
The MV Flatback was commissioned in 2016. It was designed and built for Darwin’s coastal conditions by Stephen Plummer of Woody Marine Fabrications in Brisbane. Flatback is solid ‘RIB” all aluminium construction, 13m in length and surveyed to carry 32 passengers off shore and 38 inshore. It is powered by triple 300hp Yamaha 4 stroke outboards which makes it capable of 40 knots. After years of providing marine tourism services on the NT coast, this second vessel is specially constructed to ensure speed and comfort across tropical waters.
The name “Flatback” comes from Australia’s only endemic species of turtle. These are they only marine going turtles that call Australia home, and we are privileged to show visitors these ancient mariners on our Turtle Tracks cruise during the dry season months.