Just 40 minutes from Lizard Island and you are on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, this is the best location in the world for catching a giant Black Marlin and it is not uncommon for them to weigh over 1000lb!
Generally, the heavy tackle fishing is done anywhere from the outer ribbon reefs up to Hicks Reef. Depending on which reef you head to first, it can take from 45 minutes up to an hour to get out to the outer edge of the reefs.
Outer Reef Fishing – The outer reef fishing grounds can be reached in 50 minutes. The fish caught in this area include Mackerel, Tuna, Trevally, Mahi–mahi, Giant Dart, Sailfish and Black Marlin at certain times of the year. Fishing tackle of the highest quality is provided.
Inner Reef Fishing – A short boat ride takes you to the inner reef fishing grounds. This spectacular area is comprised of three reef systems, which are home to an amazing variety of fish including Mackerel, Queenfish, Trevally and other pelagic species.
Light Tackle Fishing is also very exciting and your days aboard ‘MV Duvfken’ can be tailored to suit your needs if you would like to include this as well. Many of the fish caught are of superb eating quality and can be prepared by the island’s chef. What a great way to end a magnificent day’s fishing!
Being based on Lizard Island is a huge advantage as it reduces travel time out to these reefs, compared to travelling from Port Douglas, Cairns or Cooktown for example. Lizard Island also has a fuel supply on the island, where other boats must return to Cooktown to re-fuel.
Domestic Airlines of Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Australia fly to Cairns daily from most capital cities (either directly or via connections).
Flights between Cairns and Lizard Island take 1 hour and operate on either a scheduled departure time, or you can charter your own flight with a time to suit you.
• Flights depart Lizard Island to the East Air terminal in Cairns every day except Monday and Wednesday at 11.00am
Flights to Lizard Island depart from East Air Terminal in Cairns. All connecting Domestic flights require check-in one hour prior to departure and a minimum of two hours connection time for all International flights.
Scheduled air transfers between Cairns and Lizard Island are booked via the Ultimate Fishing team.
Please note that flight times are subject to change without notice.