Liveaboard fishing on Fly River - Papua New Guinea

The Fly River holds Black Bass weighing up to 40 pounds, as well as Barramundi measuring over three-feet long. The swamps are a prime place to target acrobatic Saratoga.


Fishing on the K20

Papua New Guinea Sportfishing expedition

Venture into the unspoiled area of the Fly River via the K20 Mothership. Sport Fishing PNG's first exploratory trip to Fly River was in 2014 and was a huge success. The K20 offers accommodations rivaling a high-end hotel, with the added benefit of getting up to twelve hours of fishing time each day. Their fishing season runs from June through November. Fishing in the PNG river's is mainly done by trolling or casting. Depending on which river is chosen, you may need to troll more, as the rivers are very large. Some fishing spots allow for drift casting, or you can use live bait near logs. On each expedition, at least five guides will be traveling with you, as well as two to three local guides from the region who speak the local language. The guides on your trip speak English, as well. The lodge employs three 16' aluminum boats with 60-horsepower Yamaha outboard motors. They are equipped with swivel seats, self-draining decks with an in-built bilge pump, and safety rails.

Papua New Guinea Sportfishing

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This expedition will take you to areas where indigenous communities have had limited exposure to the outside world and will give you a fascinating insight into the day-to-day life of living off the land. Part of the experience includes visits to authentic PNG villages to see firsthand the lifestyle of the Fly River people. Here you may purchase handmade artifacts as a treasured keepsake to remind you of this grand adventure and to assist the communities, which is much appreciated by the locals.

The K20 Liveaboard

Poronui Lodge

The K20 is a custom-built catamaran that is ideal for exploring due to it's specially designed hull. This craft can reach places that others simply cannot. After fishing and exploring, return to the K2O for a cold beer in the air-conditioned lounge area or enjoy a hot shower before dinner. The liveaboard will travel to the next fishing location in preparation for the next big day. Enjoy the comfort that liveaboard cruising allows you. There are four deluxe cabins, as well as two staterooms with ensuite bathrooms. It accommodates eight anglers per trip. Amenities include a freezer/chiller room, laundry facilities, a TV lounge area, fully air- conditioned rooms, five bathrooms, a satellite phone and a grill. All meals are prepared on board by their chef and are guaranteed to impress. Start your day with fresh coffee or tea, pancakes, bacon and eggs, toast and fresh fruit. For those with a lighter appetite, a continental breakfast is also available. A packed lunch including a selection sandwiches, fruit and snacks can be prepared so that your energy levels remain high out on the water, or you have the option to return to the liveaboard for a hot meal. Dinners include a seasonal "catch-of-the-day"—fresh fish, lobster, crab or prawns—served with a selection of meats and vegetables. Bottled water and soft drinks are included.

Getting Here:

You'll fly into Port Moresby Airport (POM), five miles outside the city of Port Moresby. You will be greeted by a representative of SFPNG at the airport. They will provide transportation to your accommodations for the evening. You can either arrange to stay at a local hotel or make arrangements to stay at the guesthouse owned by Sportfishing PNG within the city of Madison. The next day you will take a domestic flight to Kiunga and charter flight to Middle Fly Region.


2016 Rates:

Based on double occupancy. Group size of 6 minimum and 8 maximum.

Fly River Expedition: 8-nights and 6-days fishing from June-November
$7,200.00 p.p.
Stateroom upgrade:
add $1,500.00 (two available – double bed/private bath)
Single occupancy:
add $900.00 (two available - port and starboard)

Aramia River Expedition: 8-nights and 6-days fishing from July-November
$7,100.00 p.p.
Stateroom upgrade:
add $1,500.00 (two available – double bed/private bath)
Single occupancy:
add $900.00 (two available - port and starboard)

Papuan Coast Expedition: 6-nights and 5½-days fishing from June-November
$4,200.00 p.p.

Packages include:

Transfers to and from the hotel, shared accommodations on the liveaboard (private room available upon request - additional cost), three chef-prepared meals and snacks each day, non-alcoholic beverages (bottled water and soft drinks), guided fishing, use of the boat, and local community fees.

Packages do not include:

Airfare to Port Moresby, any domestic/charter flights from Port Moresby to the expedition’s destination; tourist visa (approx. $50.00), travel insurance, fishing tackle and gear; overnight hotel and meals in Port Moresby (before and after the expedition, if necessary—$150.00 per night, if staying in the guesthouse); alcoholic beverages (beer and spirits must be pre-ordered and paid for prior to the trip – amount included in final invoice due) and a $250.00 bond is collected prior to trip to cover unforeseen expenses (to be refunded at the close of each expedition).
Fly River rates do not include domestic flight from POM to Kiunga and charter flight from Kiunga to the Middle Fly. Add an additional $1,200.00 p.p.

Aramia River rates do not include the private chartered flight from POM to the Aramia River airstrip. Add an additional $1,200.00 p.p.

Required documents:

You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of intended travel and proof of a return flight in the form of an airline ticket. You will also need to obtain a tourist visa (good for up to 60 days). You may obtain a tourist visa when you arrive at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby (approximately $50.00 USD). For more information on this trip, request an information packet (below).

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request Sportfishing Papua New Guinea info packet.  

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Black bass up to 40-pounds

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Four deluxe cabins on the liveaboard

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Rich culture

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Fly River fishing boat

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