per person, double occupancy
13 days/12 nights
5 days fishing
The Powerhouse of Papua
Baia Wilderness Bass Fishing Lodge is located in Papua New Guinea on the North Coast of West New Britain Province. The Lodge is on a small peninsula that makes up part of the Open Bay shoreline.
The Baia Village people are friendly and welcoming. They are more than happy to show off their traditional lifestyle and provide a tour through their village. Excursions for Bush Walking and Bird Watching enthusiast can also be arranged with Village guides.
Pristine coral reefs surround the Bay for snorkeling and there are picturesque cool freshwater springs not far from the lodge for those who simply want to relax and enjoy a swim and a day’s picnic.
Papua New Guinea
Fishing at Baia will consist of both saltwater and freshwater. While traveling to the lodge by game boat, you will go through the outer Reef systems in Kimbe Bay fishing for yellow fin, marlin, sailfish, dogtooth tuna, wahoo and many other pelagic species.
At the lodge, you will fish surrounding river systems for black and spot tail bass, mangrove jack and other estuarine species.
On the final day, you will return to Kimbe by game boat and enjoy more salt water anglying.
"New Guinea bass lurk in the jungle rivers of Papua New Guinea. Their maximum size is around 50 pounds, but even fish in the 30-pound class usually prove too tough to handle. It’s the toughest fish for its size in freshwater, akin to the giant trevally of the ocean. Take a 30-pound smallmouth, multiply by three... and you'll have the New Guinea bass. They strip gears on big-game reels, pop guides on tuna rods, snap muskie plugs in two and torque powerful men to their knees, before departing to the jungle waters from which they came.”
“Quest for Monster Fish” in Fisherman Magazine, January 2001.
13 days/12 nights
5 days fishing
(Call us for 2017 Season Rates)
2015 rates listed below
13 days/12 nights/5 days fishing
$5495 per person (double occupancy) plus international airfare to Cairns, Australia
50% deposit per person. Bookings are not confirmed until deposits are received. Final payments are typically due 30 days prior to departure.
Our in-house travel agency can help you make your flight arrangements. Note: Airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.
- Rountrip flight: Cairns, Australia to Hoskins Airport
- Ground and boat transfers between Hoskins Airport and lodge
- Hotel/lodge accommodations in New Guinea
- Five days guided fishing
- All meals and drinks at lodge
- Tackle on a replace if damaged or lost notion
- Daily laundry service with fresh towels/linens
Airfare to Cairns, Australia, passport and visa fees, port taxes, travel insurance (COMPULSORY), lost or damaged tackle, special offshore gameboat charters, drinks, tips, gifts, or items of a personal nature.
Post-trip tour extensions in Australia or Papua New Guinea may be arranged on request.
The best months of fishing typically run from June through November. These months coincide with the dry season.
Special FishQuest! week - Sep 12-24
Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates. Early reservations are encouraged.
Depart Los Angeles for Cairns, Australia. Overnight at local hotel.
Next morning, transfer to the airport for three hour flight to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Transfer onto one hour flight to Hoskins Airport, Kimbe.
Overnight at beautiful Liamo Reef Resort. Next morning, board game boat to lodge while saltwater fishing on route (4 1/2 hours).
Accommodations range from a first-class hotel for your layover in Cairns, Australia, to Baia Wilderness Lodge in Papua New Guinea. The lodge has large and comfortable rooms with ceiling fans and 240 volt outlets. Flushable toilets, hot water and all the comforts of home make Baia Lodge a fantastic place to escape.
A hearty breakfast will be provided everyday before fishing. A one hour midday break is taken to enjoy a box lunch. Dinner is served at the camp after fishing and is both Western and Chinese style cuisine including fresh seafood.
SAMPLE OUTLINE ITINERARY
(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
Day 1: USA - Australia:
Depart Los Angeles for Cairns, Australia
Day 2: Cross international dateline:
A full day mysteriously vanishes as you cross the International Dateline! Don’t worry, though, you’ll regain it on our return flight home. Relax and enjoy your international flight across the Pacific.
Day 3: Arrive in Cairns, Australia:
After you arrive in Cairns, you'll be transferred to a first-class hotel. You’ll have the rest of the day to catch up from jet lag and travel fatigue. Our hotel’s central location will give you a chance to explore the beautiful waterfront area.
Day 4: Cairns-Papua New Guinea:
Early morning transfer to airport for departure flight to Papua New Guinea. After clearing immigration and customs, you’ll continue onto Hoskins Airport, Kimbe. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the Liamo Reef Resort where you will overnight.
Day 5: Early the next morning, you will be taken by game boat to the lodge (4 1/2 hour journey) while saltwater fishing. Overnight lodge.
Day 6-9: Four days fishing for New Guinea Bass:
You will fish with guides for the New Guinea Black Bass. Meals and overnight at the lodge.
Day 10: Papua New Guinea-Kimbe:
After breakfast, return to Kimbe where you will once again overnight at the Liamo Resort.
Day 11: Kimbe-Cairns
This morning you will transfer to the Hoskins Airport for your flight back to Port Moresby and onto Cairns where you will overnight. Dinner on own.
Day 12: Cairns at leisure:
Day at leisure in Cairns. A variety of day trips may be arranged, including a day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can just relax and prepare for the long trip home. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Homeward bound:
This morning, you’ll transfer to the airport for your marathon journey back home. And remember that day you lost crossing the Pacific? You'll get it back as you re-cross the International Dateline.
A valid passport is required. Australia requires a tourist visa be obtained in advance, while Papua New Guinea issues visas to U.S. citizens on arrival in the country. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid visas.
Malaria tablets and other inoculations are not required but may be advised by your doctor or local health clinic. Be sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Pepto-Bismol or Immodium may help incidental traveller's diarrhea. Note: health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.
New Guinea has hundreds of tribal languages, but many people speak a form of "Pidgin English".
Daytime temperatures typically range from 80-100 degrees during the day, but typically cool down to the 70s in the evening. Be sure to pack a rainsuit for rainy weather.
We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. (Travel medical insurance is mandatory for this trip.) Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption, and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Assure may be obtained by calling our office.
Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.
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