Arafura’s live aboard charters offer the ultimate fishing experience in the Top End. Running extended charters for 9 years Arafura has the knowledge and experience to give you a trip of a lifetime.
Now run with our new 52 ft custom built 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. With a large air conditioned lounge & 12 sleeper cabin with shared bunk accommodation, 2 toilets, hot/cold shower and Large shaded fishing deck area.
Our 2 day, 3 day and 4 day live aboard charters depart at 2000 hrs except for our 5 day live aboard charter which departs at 1700 hrs. Meet the Wai Nawana (outside the lock gates) at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal 15 minutes before your departure time. 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 cuppa and some awesome fishing action.
2 Day Charter
The two day charters are usually to the Peron 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, Tuskfish, the mighty Black Jewfish, Cod, and also a variety of pelagic fish, including large schools of Trevally, Spanish Mackerel, Tuna and the majestic Sailfish.
This area has proved popular with several TV fishing personalities, including “Ifish” 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 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.
On larger tides we head past the Peron Islands to the remote fish rich grounds near Cape Scott, Emu Reef & Cape Ford again home to Red Emperor, Golden Snapper, Tricky Snapper, Black Jewfish, Tuskfish, Coral Trout just to name a few. With some trolling thrown in to give the arms a rest and the chance to tussle with some Spanish Mackerel or land a trophy Sailfish.
4 & 5 Day Charters
For the truly adventurous fisho a long steam through the night, some 170nm will see you close to international waters. Fishing the remote Tassie, Evans or Lynedoch shoals, these trips are limited to the calmest times of the year and specific tides. This world class fishing produces some of the finest table fish in abundance and some awe inspiring sports fishing. With exotic species like the powerful Dogtooth Tuna, the electric Blue Trevally and the chance to tackle 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, Coronation Trout, Trout Cod and a myriad of other species never seen close to Darwin. On past trips we have had several encounters with Sailfish and Black Marlin. On the last morning, tides permitting a stop at Cape Fourcroy on the way home for a Black Jewfish 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.
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 a box and packing is $30.00AUD and holds approx 12-15kgs of fillets.) This will be ready for collection on your way to the airport, at Cullen Bay and is 15km’s to the airport.
Any pickups the night the charter returns will incur an after hours 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.
All 3 day charters depart at 6pm and all 4 – 5 day charters depart at 5pm on departure date and return at approximately 3.30pm on the return date.
Please note: Some 3 day charters can be flexible with dates if booking a SOLE charter, we can add a day either side of the dates and make a 4 day charter.
For more dates and bookings please call us on 08 8932 3006
2023 Available Dates
3 – 4 Day Extended Charter
- September 22nd – September 26th (12 Spots Available)
5 Day Extended Charter
- October 10th – October 15th (Fully Booked)
- October 18th – October 23rd (3 Spots Available)
- November 2nd – November 7th (12 Spots Available)
- November 17th – November 22nd (Fully Booked)
- November 24th – November 29th – (Fully Booked)
- December 1st – December 6th (Fully Booked)
- December 8th – December 13th (12 Spots Available)
2024 Available Dates
3 – 4 Day Extended Charter
- March 18th – March 21st – (9 Spots Available)
- March 30th – April 2nd – (12 Spots Available)
- April 18th – April 21st – (12 Spots Available)
- May 1st – May 4th – (12 Spots Available)
- May 17th – May 20th – (12 Spots Available)
- May 30th – June 3rd – (11 Spots Available)
- June 13th – June 17th – (12 Spots Available)
- July 13th – July 17th – (12 Spots Available)
- August 27th – August 31st – (12 Spots Available)
5 Day Extended Charter
- October 29th – November 3rd – (5 Spots Available)
- November 7th – November 12th – (12 Spots Available)
- November 14th – November 19th – (12 Spots Available)
- November 21st – November 26th – (12 Spots Available)
- November 28th – December 3rd – (12 Spots Available)
- December 5th – December 10th – (12 Spots Available)
All quality Penn game & spin rods and reels spooled with braided line, all fishing tackle, lures and fresh bait.
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 $30 each. (As per N.T. fisheries legislation skins must be left on all fillets)
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 depending on the length of your charter you will enjoy cuts of prime Aussie beef, freshly caught fish, Burgers, fish curry 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.
Please note: Menu’s may change as required .
Beverages include juice (breakfast), hot beverages, ice water & limited cold drinks. BYO any light alcohol or your favorite soft drinks. (no glass please)
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)
- Cancelled within 10 weeks prior to charter -100% cancellation fee
- COVID- Any cancellations due to covid or travel restrictions are fully refunded.