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Aroona Luxury Boat Charters

The perfect base to experience versatile aquatic adventures, and serviced by a passionate and local crew with brushes of luxury throughout, Aroona is an exquisite all-rounder vessel based just outside of Cairns. Boasting an extensive portfolio of fishing, diving, scientific research, filming, exploration, and adventure charters, Aroona provides a five-star luxury adventure experience upon the remarkable waters and eco-systems of the Great Barrier Reef and beyond, bolstered by the spectacular interpretive knowledge from your guides on both the reef and its wildlife.

Name Aroona
Built 2010
Length 22m/70ft
Guests Sleeps: max. 9

Day Charter: max. 12

Cabins 3 staterooms, each with ensuite
Crew Up to 5 crew members
Cruising area Australia-wide, specialising in Great Barrier Reef, Cairns, Port Douglas, Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria, Whitsundays

An elegant mid-size luxury yacht, Aroona comes furnished with a range of modern technology and showcases handsome polished wood throughout.

Up to nine guests can be accommodated for private overnight charters across three twin share guest rooms, each with an attached ensuite and flexible cabin layout options to suit your charter needs, complete with a TV and blackout curtains. Additional laundry facilities are included for guest comfort, as well as air-conditioning and WiFi throughout the vessel.

Designed to immerse you into the open seas, Aroona’s social areas are spacious and comfortable. The airy Aft deck either doubles as a lounge area or a tank storage, while the gorgeous Flybridge offers full width panoramic views across the ocean as you cruise along, with an additional BBQ, ice machine, and seating areas making it the perfect space for sitting back and relaxing in the tropical air. Onboard Aroona, a functional and handsome wood galley overlooks the saloon where guests can enjoy indoor comfort.

All meals while cruising on Aroona are prepared by private on-site chef. Offering a personalised dining experience, each of the guests’ fully-catered meals are made fresh and showcase freshly-caught seafood that guests themselves have caught that day. All non-alcoholic beverages are included, while alcoholic beverages can be pre-purchased for guests’ enjoyment.

When not out on tour, Aroona is moored at Half Moon Bay Marina in Yorkeys Knob, 15 minutes north of Cairns CBD on the North-Eastern coastline. This region boasts a warm, tropical year-round climate with varied humidity. Aroona mostly tours throughout the Northern Great Barrier Reef, but regularly tours as south as the Whitsundays and as north as Cape York, with the capability for charter across all of Australia.

Aroona comes with a range of pre-designed itineraries, special seasonal expeditions, and customised trips, including Fly In/Fly Out and Far North options. Aroona’s immense flexibility offers charters to suit every guest—ranging from luxury day tours to comprehensive month-long scientific expeditions, where guests can enjoy fishing, kitesurfing, citizen science endeavours, and more.

Day Charters

Aroona offers customised, luxury day charters to suit your special event or occasion. Up to twelve guests can dive into a day upon the Great Barrier Reef, where you can enjoy kitesurfing along sand quays, leisurely beach fishing, and soaking up sea-salt air from the flybridge while enjoying champagne and a delicious meal at sunset.

Private Charters

Aroona can comfortably accommodate up to 9 passengers in 3 staterooms, with immense configuration flexibility to suit all kinds of passengers.

Fishing Charters

Aroona specialises in exceptional fishing charters. Encompassing a range of reef and estuary fishing, fly fishing, bottom fishing, barramundi fishing, light tackle reef fishing, or spear fishing options, all fishing charters on Aroona come with a professional guide for a curated experience. Fishing enthusiasts will delight in the challenge of fishing pelagic and reef-dwelling species, including championed fly-fishing options including Blue Bastards, Giant Trevally, and other powerful gamefish, with possibility to encounter stunning humphead wrasse on the flats.

Adventure Charters

Water enthusiasts will find no shortage of adventure on Aroona. Outside of fishing, guests will plunge into the waters with a range of aquatic activities including scuba diving, island hopping and cruising, kite surfing on sand quays, seasonal whale watching, and more. Guests will delight in swimming amongst some of Australia’s most dynamic, remote, and breathtaking areas, including the northern Great Barrier Reefs vegetated coral cays, spotting Raine Island which supports the world’s largest remaining endangered green turtle nesting population. Explore areas of significant cultural importance for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the enigmatic waters that form the site of numerous shipwrecks, and much more while diving straight off the back of Aroona’s duckboard.

Research/Film Charters

Aroona is a hardworking vessel suitable for extended research and film expeditions. This includes options such as ongoing shark research, participating in the Great Barrier Reef Census, and operating as a platform and support vessel for off-shore adventures. Aroona’s immense versatility allows it to adapt and learn about the environment in navigates, ensuring each charter provides flexibility and immersion into the landscape.

  • Three fully-equipped tenders, including a 5.2m Side Console Hornet / 80hp 2c survey; 5.2m Centre Console Southwind / 100hp 2c survey; and Swift 60hp 5.2 RIB.
  • Fully-equipped range of fly rods/reels/flies for fishing charters, including tackle, spearfishing equipment, and more
  • Fully-equipped range of dive and snorkelling equipment, including tanks
  • Water sport equipment, including paddleboards, kite-surfing, and water-skiing equipment
  • Portable glass bottom boat
  • Apollo underwater scooter

Aroona can be chartered all year-round, while seasonality depends on your destination. Please contact us for all enquiries.

Bringing specific clothing to maximise your comfort is recommended for travel at any time of year, including waterproof gear when out fishing in the sun and wet wading. In Aroona’s homeport of Cairns and in the greater Tropical Queensland region, long ‘skins’ pants/tights for wading at the warmer end of season are compulsory due to the presence of stingers.

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