There are very few experiences that can be considered a ‘journey of a lifetime’, but an all-inclusive fishing holiday on board a luxury ship with Cannon Charters is certainly one of them.
Taking in some of Australia’s most breathtaking coastline along the northern and western parts of the country, Cannon Charters is a family run business established 20 years ago, with husband and wife team Dave and Deb Sharp at the helm.
The two developed a passion for fishing while travelling in the late 1980s and, after many adventures exploring the waterways with just a car and a tinny, they knew they had found their calling.
Dave and Deb’s pride and joy is the MV Cannon Mothership – a 23-metre (75-foot) Westcoaster charter vessel that was custom designed for the Northern Territory and Western Australian waterways. Equipped with a high-tech colour navigation system and four sport fishing boats for access to narrow and shallow waters, such as estuaries, rivers and reefs, the MV Cannon is everything you need and more.
As well as the practical aspects of your trip, luxury and comfort are not overlooked. The MV Cannon has four cabins that include combinations of double and single beds with en suites or shared bathroom facilities. The ship can accommodate eight guests at a time and mod cons such as air-conditioning and endless water for showers are part of the package.
As if that was not enough, the luxurious lounge and dining facilities ensure you will enjoy your downtime as much as your time with the rods. Leather seating, TV, DVD and music entertainment systems inside are tough competition for the outside entertainment deck with shaded tables and seating for 16, a stainless steel barbecue, drinks fridge and more.
Fishing is hungry work and the specially designed menu alone will be worth the trip. An on board chef will prepare a mouth-watering selection of locally sourced products, including the freshest fish possible from whatever your catch of the day may have been. After long days of adventure in the sun, you will return to a star-star menu every night and wake to the smell of breakfast being prepared each morning. Lunch is just as important and also prepared for you and there are of course plenty of cold drinks available as well as tea and coffee.
The team at Cannon Charters are committed to creating memorable once in a lifetime sport fishing adventures for their guests and they have developed unique and spectacular itineraries to ensure guests have access to fantastic fishing, as well as magnificent scenery and solitude. Customised tours are also available, which are popular with corporate or group bookings.
All trips depart from Cullen Bay Marina in Darwin and include the West Coast, the Kimberley region and remote parts of the Cobourg Peninsula in Van Diemen Gulf. You will be astonished at the vast array of wildlife you will experience – from fish, to crocodiles, and birds to turtles and, of course, the spectacular coastal scenery. Don’t forget your camera!
No specific skill level is required and the on board crew will provide support and guidance with all equipment and advice throughout the trip. Cannon Charters has been working for 20 years to create a seamless operation for the exclusive enjoyment of its guests. As a result, the company has won numerous awards, including the Northern Territory’s highest accolade in 2007, 2008 and 2009 – the Brolga Tourism Award for excellence in the category of Adventure Tourism. Cannon Charters has been an Australian Tourism Accreditation Program recognised company since 2006.
Cullen Bay Marina Boulevard, Darwin 0820
Tel: +614 1745 7135
Images courtesy of Cannon Charters