2 - 5 Day Charters

Arafura's live aboard charters offer the ultimate fishing experience in the Top End and have proven extremely successful not only with all the popular TV show hosts joining Arafura time and time again but the vast majority of bookings being repeat business with clients booking for the next year and beyond.

Now with the new flag ship Wai Nawana offering the next level of comfort you're sure to experience that fishing trip of a lifetime with Arafura Bluewater Charters.

All our live aboard charters depart at 2000 hrs. Meet the Wai Nawana (outside the lock gates) at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal at 1945. Be greeted by Arafura's friendly crew and stow your gear in their air conditioned accommodation. Then settle in for a few drinks and meet the rest of the group, before getting your head down for the night and wake at the fishing grounds ready for a bacon and egg sandwich a cuppa and some awesome fishing action.

2 Day Charter

The two day charters are usually to the Perron Islands area, approx 80 nm west south west of Darwin. The clearer water in this area is home to the Red emperor, Coral trout, Golden snapper, tusk fish, the mighty Black Jew fish, cod, and also a variety of pelagic fish, including large schools of trevally, Spanish mackerel, tuna and the majestic sail fish.

This area has proved popular with several TV fishing personalities, including "I Fish" with Paul Worstling, "Hooked" with Dave Butfeild and Jason Kennedy from "Fishing Trips" has also "Stopped the bus" in these fish rich waters returning regularly on the 2-3 day charters to enjoy a taste of what the territory has to offer.The Tiwi Islands are also possible on the 2 day charters however this is dependent on tides and weather conditions. Please be aware area's fished may change due to weather or current fishing conditions. 

3, 4 & 5 Day Charters  (Please be aware areas fished may change due to current weather or fishing conditions)

These charters open up a huge area of remote territory fishing depending on weather, the time of year and tidal movement.

One the larger tides we head past the Perron Islands to the remote fish rich grounds near Cape Scott, Emu Reef & Cape Ford again home to Red emperor, golden snapper, Tricky snapper, jew fish, tusk fish, bar cheek coral trout to name just a few and with some trolling thrown in to give the arms a rest and the chance to tussle with some Spanish mackerel or land a trophy sail fish.                                                                                                          For the truly adventurous fisho a long steam through the night some 170 nm will see you close to international waters. Fishing the remote Tassie, Evans or Flinders shoals, these trips are limited to the calmest times of the year and specific tides. The fishing is world class, with some of the finest table fish in abundance and some awe inspiring sports fishing as well. With exotic species like the powerful Dog tooth Tuna, the electric blue of the blue trevally and the chance to tackle with one of the oceans fastest fish, the impressive Wahoo, all this between the main game, chasing gold band snapper, small and large mouth Nannygai, red emperor, long nose emperor, coral trout, corination trout, trout cod and a myriad of other species never seen close to Darwin. On past trips we have had several encounters with sail fish and large Black Marlin. Again on the last morning tides permitting a stop at Cape Fourcroy on the way home for a Black Jew if your arms still work.

All tackle is provided however if you wish to bring along your own gear we suggest a minimum of 50 lb braid, a good jigging outfit and some Gulp soft plastics will add to the fun whilst drifting the shallower grounds and the trout love them.

 We suggest that you have at least one night in Darwin on return from the trip, this will give our staff time to ensure your catch is properly frozen and allow us to pack it in an air line approved box. (The cost of the box is $15.00AUD and holds approx 10-12 kg+ of fillet.) This will be ready for collection on your way to the air port, at Top End Tackle World Stuart Highway Pinelands. Open 8.30am-6pm Monday- Friday. Saturday 8am-5pm and Sundays 8am-4pm. Please note: Tackle World Pinelands is 18km's from Darwin City and  15km's to the airport.

Any pickups the night the charter returns will incur a afterhours packing fee of $150

After hours pick up can be arranged at no cost if 24hrs or more later than when your charter returned. (e.g. returned 3.30pm on the 7th and fly out 2am on the 9th.) This needs to be arranged with management prior.                                                                                                                                                                    If you do not require your fish to be packed and frozen,  please notify staff before your charter so this can be arranged. 

Cancellation Policy:  Cancelled within 10 weeks prior to charter: 100% cancellation fee.

 

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Individual Rates

2 days/2 nights - $$1200.00 per person

3 days/3 nights - $$1800.00 per person

4 days/4 nights - $$2400.00 per person

5 days/5 nights - $$3000.00 per person

Sole Boat Charter Rates

Wai Nawana - $$5500.00 per day (max 10)

Wai Nawana - $$6600.00 per day (max 12)

2 days/2 nights $1200.00 per person

 

 

 

 

All charters depart 8pm on first day and return 3.30pm on last day 

 

3 days/3 nights $1800.00 per person

All charters depart 8pm on first day and return 3.30pm on last day

2018

May 22nd - 25th

June 7th - 10th

July 19th - 22nd

August 7th - 10th

August 22nd - 25th

September 223rd - 25th

October 3th - 6th

 

 

 

                                    

4 days/4 nights $2400.00 per person

Charters depart 8pm on first day and return 3.30pm on last day     

 

2017

14-18th of September (6 seats available)

 

2018

May 6th - 10th

 

 

 

 

 

5 days/5 nights $3000.00 per person

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charters depart 8pm on first day and return 3.30pm on last day 

 

2017

25th - 30th November (6 seats available)

2nd-7th December (12 seats available)

 

2018

September 3rd - 7th

October 23 - 27th

November 6th - 11th

November 20th - 25th

December 4th - 9th

 

 

 

 

Other dates are available on request (min 10 pax to operate). Please note area's fished may change due to weather or current fishing conditions.

Tackle

All quality Shimano game & spin rods and reels spooled with braided line, all fishing tackle, lures and fresh bait. 

Fish

Fish may be kept within NT bag limits and will be filleted and frozen ready for you to take home. Airline approved fish carry boxes are available from Tackle World at $15 each.  (As per N.T. fisheries legislation skins must be left on all filets)

Meals, snacks & refreshments

Your friendly crew will cook for you each day a scrumptious breakfast, lunch & dinner.

There’s something for everyone with a variety of fresh fruits & hot options for breakfast including assorted toasted sandwiches & bacon & egg rolls

For lunch there are salads, cold meats, hot dogs, steak sandwiches, fresh fish and hamburgers.

For dinner our Fresh seafood night is a highlight which includes fresh local prawns, freshly opened natural oysters and the catch of the day with garden salads. 

Depending on the length of your charter you will also enjoy cuts of prime Aussie beef, freshly caught fish and marinated chicken all cooked on the BBQ.

Morning and afternoon tea are also provided being either an assortment of fresh fruit & cheese, biscuits, dips, cold meats, assorted cakes & pastries or spicy “nachos”.                                                                                    Please note: Menu's may change as required .

Beverages

Beverages include juice (breakfast), hot beverages, cold drinks & ice water .  BYO any light alcohol or your favourite soft drinks. (no glass please)

Accommodation

Air conditioned single bunk accommodation including all bed linen, blanket & pillow. 

And most importantly friendly and experienced crew.

You need to bring a small bag with change of clothes, toiletries, towel & any medications needed. 

BYO alcohol. (No glass please)

 

 

These are suggested itineraries only, please contact us to confirm your individual tour itinerary.

How to enquire/book this suggested itinerary

  • Cancelled within 10 weeks prior to charter -100% cancellation fee