Island Charters Narooma - Narooma

seal looking right upto the camera up close

Montague Island, out of Narooma, is the South Coast's best kept secret, and Island Charters Narooma has been operating in the beautiful Batemans Marine Park for 25 years. Chris and Cecilia took over in 2012 and love meeting people. They ensure they make your trip one of your best lifetime memories - whether fishing, guided PADI scuba diving, guided snorkelling, whale watching, Montague Island lighthouse tour, or their Meal with a Seal. They are a PADI dive vessel with Chris being a Divemaster. Come and swim with the puppies of the Sea, Fur Seal Swim.
Dallas is a stable 10.2 metre monohull vessel. It features a spacious cabin to get changed. There is an on board toilet and a full walk around bow, so you can watch the dolphins swimming in the bow wake. Refreshments provided on all tours.

For more information: www.islandchartersnarooma.com.au
Tours

Mixed Adventure

Head off from the town wharf to Montague Island for a four hour adventure. Sit up front and watch dolphins riding the bow wave. Look out for flying fish and whales. Grab a rod and catch some yummy reef fish for dinner. Have a cruise around the island and hear some of the fascinating stories about the history and life on the island. See the lighthouse and the keeper's quarters. Jump into the clear water for a play with the fur seals. They are quite inquisitive and will often come right over to you. All fishing and snorkelling gear plus light refreshments are provided. It is a perfect trip for a group with varying interests. Fish, snorkel or just soak up the scenery!
Start Location Narooma
Duration Full Day, Half Day or Less and Customised
Price $90.00 - $120.00 Family rate for two adults and two children 15 years old or under is AUD380. Subject to change and availability.

Guided Snorkel Adventure

Head out to Montague Island for a snorkelling adventure in the beautiful Batemans Marine Park. Island Charters will anchor in a protected bay so you can discover the marine life that exists around Montague Island, and enjoy interacting with the fur seals. There are over 1,000 Australian and New Zealand fur seals that live at Montague most of the year. These inquisitive creatures, which are so clumsy on land, are incredibly agile in the water. They often come right over to look at you with their big brown eyes. The puppies of the sea! You will also see masses of fish and hundreds of sea urchins. Fins, masks, snorkels and light refreshments are provided as well as a guide on most trips, ask on booking.
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Half Day or Less
Price $75.00 - $75.00 Subject to change and availability

Wildlife/Island Cruise

Hop on board for a scenic three hour cruise out to Montague Island. You may sit down the front if you like and watch out for whales, dolphins, flying fish and seabirds. There is a full walk-around bow on the boat and they take a maximum of 12 people so you can be sure there are no crowds to block your view and that you will be able to hear what your skipper has to say. He knows lots of stories about life on the island and enjoys bringing the history to life (for a longer trip with both options choose the Mixed Adventure trip instead).
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Half Day or Less
Price $65.00 - $75.00 Family rate for two adults and two children 15 years old or under is AUD260. Subject to change and availability.

Guided Scuba Dive and or Snorkel

Montague Island has some of the best diving on the South Coast. Island Charters will transport you to some of the finest dive sites in Australia on their PADI dive boat with either a dive master or Instructor for a guide and explore Montague Island in Batemans Marine Park. There is so much to see! From nudibranchs, sea horses and soft corals, to grey nurse sharks, various rays, port jackson as well as wobbegongs and, most popular of all, a huge colony of fur seals. Divers never seem to tire of watching these inquisitive creatures that spend their days either lolling on the rocks or playing in the water. They are called the puppies of the sea due to their big brown eyes and playful nature. For experienced/accredited divers only. Please check out the dive courses if you have never dived before and check out their Discover Scuba course.
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Half Day or Less
Price $85.00 - $115.00 AUD85 for snorkel or single dive and AUD115 for a double dive.

A Montague Island Meal With A Seal

As you head out to Montague Island from Narooma town Wharf through the Marine Park, keep an eye out for flying fish, diving birds, and dolphins. Once at the island, pick out the best location and drop anchor with the Aussie and New Zealand fur seals, where you will enjoy your selection of your freshly prepared meal by a local chef. Then head over to the jetty at Montague Island where you hop off the boat for a guided lighthouse tour by a National Park Ranger. Head up through the bird sanctuary and then up to the top of the lighthouse. Or try the complete package, which includes all of the above plus a one hour guided snorkel and afternoon tea.
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Half Day or Less and Customised
Price $105.00 - $140.00 Prices subject to change and availability.

Whale Watching Cruise

Hop on board Dallas for a three hour cruise to track majestic whales. In spring, hundreds of whales travel along the coastline on their way north to breed and again on their return to Antarctica with their calves. Island Charters Narooma has had a 95 per cent success rate over 17 years of spotting whales. Many come in very close to shore and you can often see several pods between Narooma and Montague Island. It is the most awesome experience to have an enormous whale slowly raise itself vertically beside the boat and look you in the eye; or to feel the vibrations as one leaps out of the water nearby and lands with an almighty splash. With only 12 customers, good viewing is guaranteed.
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Half Day or Less
Price $60.00 - $75.00 Family rate for two adults and two children 15 years old or under is AUD260. Subject to change and availability.

Five or Six Hour Morning Fishing Trip

Whether you have never been fishing in your life before, or you do it every weekend - if you want to know where the fish are biting and how to catch them - come with the man who knows! Island Charters provide quality gear and have a live tank on board to keep your catch fresh. They use various cut baits as well as live bait and lures. Enjoy the full experience and learn how to do it so you can be successful on your own. If you don't know something - just ask! Montague Island is famous for the fishing. Snapper, morwong, trevally, leatherjacket and flathead are caught all year. Kingfish are targeted over summer and the big tuna in autumn and early winter.
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Full Day
Price $100.00 - $140.00 Subject to change and availability

Montague Island Lighthouse Visit

Come for a cruise out to Montague Island. You can sit down the front on the way out if you like and, depending on the season, spot dolphins riding the bow wave, migrating whales, flying fish skimming the waves or flocks of sea birds. Land at the jetty and meet your National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) guide who will enthral you with history and anecdotes. When you climb the lighthouse you will be greeted by the most beautiful view. The lighthouse is a masterpiece of fine masonry. You might see nesting little penguins if you come in spring. After your guided tour, Island Charters will take you to view the fur seal colony before a leisurely cruise home. Don't forget your cameras and wear comfortable shoes for the walk.
Start Location Bluewater Drive Narooma
Duration Half Day or Less
Price $95.00 - $105.00 Subject to change and availability

South Coast Custom Tour

Island Charters Narooma has been established for over 20 years. Chris and Cecilia took over in 2012 and just love what they are doing in getting to show visitors the little piece of paradise they call home on the far south coast of New South Wales (Canberra’s Coast). Chris and Cecilia offer scheduled bus tours from Narooma and Canberra, as well as overnight packages. They can help you with an all-inclusive package or a self-drive option. Island Charters Narooma have a boat, bus, and access to accommodation and restaurants, so they can organise a package that suits many different groups, as well as private charters for the wedding or bucks night. Just let them know what you're interested in seeing or doing. Call them to discuss your tour requirements.
Start Location
Duration Customised
Price $50.00 - $1000.00 Custom tour pricing will vary dependent on requirements.