Port Douglas Reef Fishing, Private Charter

Tour Code: 329

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Port Douglas

Private Charter Fishing Boat
  • Kissing that brilliant reef fish and being brave enough to set it free back to the Great Barrier Reef 
  • Just being on Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a major highlight in anyone's life! 

Included In Price

  • Private Skipper (25 years experience)
  • Tackle & bait
  • Handlines
  • Morning & Afternoon Teas
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Your catch cleaned, ready to be cooked
  • Return transfers from Port Douglas accommodation
  • Reef Levy

Well-appointed private fishing charter boat from Port Douglas for a fabulous full day spent fishing some top spots on the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy fishing your preferred catch; snorkel the reef or visit a sandy cay and beach for a swim. The day is yours to decide. Caters for up to 20 guests.

Have your own private charter fishing boat all to yourself, your mates or your corporate/conference clients. Heading out from the Port Douglas Closehaven Marina to the Great Barrier Reef you’ll find all the best fishing right on your doorstep. For your private fishing trip, you decide what species of fish you wish to catch and the experienced skipper and crew will do the rest to ensure a memorable and enjoyable fishing day on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. This private fishing charter caters for 20 guests

On your purpose built private charter fishing boat you’ll be zooming to the best fishing sites in The Great Barrier Reef at a speed of 28 knots. With 2 x 500kw Detroit series engines under the hood and state-of-the-art navigation and plotting systems on board, finding fish is easy.

Reef Fishing Private Charter Port Douglas

Enjoy finding the best fishing spots on your private boat charter for the day from Port Douglas

Depending on what fishing method you wish to use whether jigging, trawling, popper, live bait fishing or bottom fishing the crew will advise you on the best method to catch the fish that are best for the conditions and the season. 

With their fishing experience and onboard technology, you will be sure to have some great deep sea fishing action.

For anyone not wanting to fish or just wanting to have a break from hauling in the fish, your private fishing charter comes with relaxing sun loungers and a fully equipped entertainment centre. 

There is even air-conditioning to cool you down in the heat of the action.

Or cool off with a snorkel in the turquoise waters of The Great Barrier Reef and see the coral reef below or stop by a sand cay beach to wander and swim. The Day is yours to dictate! 

When you return all your fish will have been cleaned by the crew ready to be taken to the nearest restaurant for cooking (the crew can advise of restaurants that will offer this service).

Your private charter fishing boat also comes with a fully licensed bar. Lunch consists of a buffet of a delicious cold meat platter and a medley of fresh seasonal salads, plus morning and afternoon tea. 

Fish Species Caught On Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

This area of the Great Barrier Reef is teeming with fish life and guests on board can’t believe the amazing variety of fish caught. So there is always the element of surprise on any day as to what will end up on the line and the dinner plate!

Depending on the season you can fish for Giant Trevally, Black Marlin, Spanish Mackerel, Dog Tooth Tuna, Blue and Yellow Fin Tuna, Job-fish Sailfish and Wahoo in the outer deeper water of the reef.

If you prefer more tranquil fishing in the shallower reef waters you can catch Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Nannygai, Sea Perch and other tasty and varieties.

The Best Season For Private Charter Boat Fishing In Port Douglas And The Barrier Reef

The region around Port Douglas and Cairns has long been recognised as the Black Marlin Capital of the World. 

More 1,000lb + Black Marlin are fished in these waters each season than all the other known grounds put together. 

The Port Douglas region is regularly rated the number one game fishing area on the planet. Every year commencing early September, the giant female black marlin arrives to spawn along this 250km stretch of the Great Barrier Reef.

This period is known worldwide as the Heavy Tackle Marlin season and extends through to late December.

If you are coming to Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef for the sole purpose of deep sea fishing, then we suggest you plan your holiday around the peak sports fishing seasons of March to December

If you come during the months of June to September you may also encounter Giant Humpback Whales and Dwarf Minke Whales as they come to mate and calve in the warmer waters. 

One might even breach right next to the fishing boat if you are lucky!


Private Charter Fishing Boat Specifications

The purpose-designed fishing boat is an 18m (60ft) custom-made vessel. She is capable of speeds up to 28 knots and comes fitted with the latest in navigational, state-of-the-art fish finding and entertainment equipment.

Under the hood she has a twin propeller with the power of 2 Detroit 60 series engines x 500kw, pushing out an easy top speed of 28 knots.

The boat is surveyed to carry 45 persons, but for comfort, they take 20 on private fishing charters.  Her length is 18m (60ft) with a width of 6m (18ft). With expansive upper and lower deck room, there’s ample space to swing that fishing line

With its own fishing platform, there’s abundant room to tackle up and move around.

The Onboard navigation and plotting systems include:

  • Piscatus 3D: An accurate 3D maps of the seafloor
  • SeaPlot: A high tech plotting system feature to increase success
  • JRC GPS Sounder and Radar

For more Great Barrier Reef private charter boat options please see here

Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From

Port Douglas

Departure Time
  • Check in 8.00am
  • Return to Port Douglas Marina at 4.00pm
  • These are flexible times
Departure Instructions
  • Please present your voucher on check-in.
  • The boat departs from Port Douglas Closehaven Marina.
Pickup Locations

Port Douglas


The best fishing spots off Port Douglas

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



8 hours, includes time to get to the Great Barrier Reef

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Additional Information
  • Accommodation transfer quotes can be provided separately for you depending on numbers and location. Transfers from Port Douglas are included in the price.
  • If you are arriving with your own vehicle there is ample parking at the Closehaven Marina, Spinnaker Close, Port Douglas.
  • EMC (Reef Levy) of $6.50 not included in price.
  • Cash, EFTPOS/Credit Card
  • Your own rod and favourite popper
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera (charged)

Children are welcome with a guardian

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our Terms and Conditions for details prior to booking.

  • Operator's Cancellation Policy:
  • If a private charter is cancelled within 7 days of charter date a 100% cancellation fee applies
  • If a private charter is cancelled outside the 7 day period, the chartering organisation have the option of changing their day of travel or will be provided with a refund in the same form that payment was made.
  • A change of travel date will not incur a cancellation fee if 7 days notice is given to the vessel.
  • On rare occasions, our full day fishing adventure can be subject to the effect of weather or unforeseen circumstances. If a tour is cancelled by the vessel for any reason, passengers will be offered a full refund or an alternative day of travel.
  • Refunds will only be given to the person or company that made the booking and payment.

Port Douglas Reef Fishing, Private Charter

Tour Code: 329

Departing: Port Douglas

Pickup: Port Douglas

Private Charter Fishing Boat



Prices are AUD, per charter and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 329



1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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