Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. It’s also one of the closest mainland ports, providing quick and easy access to the reef and marine wilderness of the Coral Sea beyond. Reel Deep Charters provides the best Cairns liveaboard charters, aboard Norkat II. For the fishing experience of a lifetime!


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Our 4 day minimum Cairns liveaboard fishing charters cater to fishing and spearing fanatics. We’ll load you up and take you offshore to some of the best locations, you’ll ever visit. Suitable for families and/or groups of friends, Reel Deep Charters can accommodate up to 12 guests per trip. You’ll be comfortably appointed aboard our vessel Norkat II which has spacious outdoor decks and a fully air-conditioned interior. This is a purpose-built fishing/spearing vessel and she is crewed by passionate, professional locals who know these waters like the backs of their hands. Reel Deep Charters is committed to providing their guests with the complete charter boat fishing experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard for one of our Cairns liveaboard fishing charters.


Where do we go? To the Great Barrier Reef and its surrounding Coral Sea locations, islands and sand cays. This is natures finest and it’s your playground with a Reel Deep Charters liveaboard fishing expedition. We don’t have a set itinerary. We’ll select the very best locations to provide an awesome fishing / spearing trip, pending the weather and conditions. Being on the Great Barrier Reef you can be assured of a few factors. Pristine marine environment. Amazing diversity of fish and marine life. Great sport fishing and spearfishing opportunities. You can also expect blue sky, blue water, good times and some of the most amazing sunsets ever. Did we mention mind-blowing fishing?! Contact Fishing Cairns today to book your Cairns liveaboard fishing charter.


Norkat II is a purpose-built fish/spearing and tour vessel that was launched in July 2002. After running out of Mackay for a while, she’s recently changed hands and locations, and is now based in Cairns, Tropical North Queensland at Half Moon Bay Marina. Norkat II is a fibreglass 72ft Westcoaster, fitted out specifically to cater to the comfort and needs of liveaboard fishing / spearing passengers. Offshore we are licensed to carry 12 passengers and four crew for extended, multi-day fishing and spearing charters. Norkat II is Cairns’ newest fishing charter boat and has two desalinisation plants, providing the comfort of a continuous freshwater supply, even during the extended periods at sea. The boat is powered by twin 750hp Iveco V8 engines and has two 25kva generators. It’s supported by two 6 metre centre console dories, with 150hp Honda four strokes. These are equipped with plotters, sounders and radios for your convenience and safety. Norkat II has a range of approximately 200 nautical miles at 10 knots, allowing us to travel long distances without refueling.


Everything on Norkat II has been designed to maximize passenger comfort and style, while they’re enjoying extended fishing / spearing expeditions. Inside, the cabins, saloon and galley are all fully air-conditioned and Norkat II has various types of accommodation, suitable for families and friends. 2 x double cabins featuring 1 x double bed and 1 x single bed. 2 x twin share bunks with curtain separation. 1 x 4 quad share cabin with four single bunks. The saloon is well appointed with TV/DVD, sound system and ice machine. The galley has all the cooking facilities required, for your crew to create delicious meals and snacks. We’ve also got a large freezer and plenty of fridge space for all those fish. Norkat II has a purpose built extra, large deck allowing for outdoors entertaining and relaxing. There is the added convenience of two showers and toilets, which are easily accessible. State of the art navigation equipment and communications gives Norkat II instant and ongoing information for safe passage. Reel Deep Charters provides extended charters to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Minimum 4 day charter.

Your Vessell the Norkat II

Length 72ft
Beam 6.15m (20ft)
Draught 1.85m (6ft)
Survey Licence No 27421QB
Class 1B 4 Crew & 12 passengers
Engines 2 x 750hp Iveco
Auxiliary 2 x 25kva Isuzu
Speed 10 Knots
Range 200 nautical miles
Fuel 6000 litres
Water: (hot & cold) 1000 litres
Desalinator x 2 1 x 3000 litres/24 hours, 1 x 6000 litres/24 hours
Accommodation 2 x Double Cabins 3 Berth / 2 = 6 pax
Accommodation 2 x 2 Birth (curtain Sep) / 2 = 4 pax
Accommodation 1 x 4 Berth / 1 = 4 pax
Air-conditioned Saloon – Galley, Accommodation – Bridge
GPS/Plotter Raytheon 620
Radar JRC 1500
Sounder JRC FF-50
HF/SSB Radio Barrett SB980E
VHF Radio Icom M45
Phone Sat phone/Fax
Cleaning Dishwasher / Washing machine
Entertainment TV & DVD / CD/FM/AM
Refrigeration 1 x Icemaker, 4 x Freezers, 1 x Walk in Cold Room, 1 x Fridge
Tender Boat Tender Boats 2 x 6m centre console dories with sounders and plotters
Builder Westcoaster International
Construction Fibreglass
Life raft 2 x 8 man
Life Vests 16 SOLAS
Crew 4
Owner Reel Deep Charters
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