Big Fish Down Under - Moana III

Marlin Marina
Cairns QL, Australia

Captain Daniel McCarthy owns and operates Moana III, a 47ft long luxury sportfisher powered by twin Cummins engines (660HP each), with an average cruising speed of 25 knots. The boat is outfitted with a wide range of quality navigational electronics and marine technology, including Furuno 1100L Depth Sounder and Fishfinder with twin 2kw transducers, Wesmar 110khz 360” scanning Sonar as well as a Furuno Nav Net VX2 Chart Plotter. Moana III started offering fishing trips back in 2006, specializing in fishing for the famous Cairns’ Marlin, while also providing light tackle and reef fishing expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef and beyond.

The boat is fully air-conditioned and outfitted with two showers and two separate toilets. On-board facilities include a private stateroom with ensuite and TV/DVD, a convection microwave oven and cook-top, 2 refrigerators and 3 freezers, as well as a desalinator. For overnight trips, Moana comes equipped with 4 single, 1 extra double and 2 crew bunks. It has been surveyed to accommodate up to 6 anglers per trip.

Capt. McCarthy has been a Cairns local for over 30 years, skippering a variety of marlin and game fishing vessels since the age of 21. Over the years, he’s garnered an intimate knowledge of the profuse waterways surrounding Cairns, Cape York, Coral Sea and New Guinea, and is happy to share his findings with all of his charter guests. The Moana team is no stranger to numerous fishing achievements and recognitions either, including several prized tournaments and many 900lbs+ grander Marlins.

All the appropriate fishing gear for your party is provided by the Moana crew; in particular, the team utilizes a full set of custom-built Laurie Casey rods mounted onto Penn International and Shimano Reels. Snacks, lunch as well as drinks are all parts of the standard fishing charter, as is the cleaning and filleting of your catch following the trip.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Marlin Fishing
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    10 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 3013
    up to 12 persons
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)

Snapper (Red Emperor)
Spanish Mackerel (Narrow-barred)
Trevally (Giant)

Tuna (Bluefin)
Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Dick Ward custom-built (Flybridge) originally built in 2006, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 660HP Cummins QSM-11s engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 32 knots.

47 ft
12 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License Included


Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible


Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

About the Captain

Daniel McCarthy
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Member since November 2014
Fishing since he could walk, Capt. Daniel is not the least bit shy about the scale of his fishing addiction. As president of Cairns Game Fishing Association, he's a strong proponent of conservation efforts as well as tag and release game fishing.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

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