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C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters

Famous for its incredible beaches, the Hajar Mountains, and endless fishing opportunities, Fujairah is a go-to destination for all die-hard anglers looking to catch the biggest trophy that the United Arab Emirates can offer. And there’s no better way of exploring the Gulf of Oman than with Darfeel Charters.

Captain Volodymyr Ivanchenko has been fishing in the area for more than quarter of a century and he’s become a local legend with numerous returning customers. He owns and operates a 28’ catamaran that can accommodate up to 6 guests and 2 crew members.

‘C’est La Vie’ comes outfitted with a 150 HP Honda engine, outriggers to extend your reach, a live bait tank to keep your bait fresh, and ice-boxes for your drinks and food. It’s also equipped with quality GPS and fishfinder to save you time while searching for your dream catch.

The boat’s features are suitable for various types of fishing and weather conditions, even far from the coast, at deep sea, where the water is more than 100 meters deep. Depending on your wishes, the captain will take you to different locations and employ different techniques.

You can expect to do some casting, trolling, bottom fishing, and even fly fishing in pursuit of heavy-weights such as Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, Kingfish, and whatever else is on your bucket list. You’ll also get a chance to catch your own live bait on the way to the most productive fisheries!

Your captain is a professional diver so he can show you all the tips and tricks if you want to dip your toes. Snorkeling equipment is available upon request, just let the captain know in advance.

The first mate will also be there for you no matter what you need, so tips for his efforts are very appreciated. Everything else is included in the price – from top-quality tackle, lures, and licenses to soft drinks and catch cleaning.

Anglers of all ages are welcome so make sure to bring your kids on a trip they’ll remember for years to come!



About the Captain

Volodymyr Ivanchenko
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
18 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since January 2015
Originally from Ukraine, Captain Volodymyr Ivanchenko has been fishing in the area for 25 years. He's become a local angling legend and his customers usually find him through word of mouth recommendations. The captain is also a professional diver, fluent in four languages – Russian, English, Arabic, and Ukrainian! He will always work his hardest to ensure that his clients enjoy their day in various ways. He will choose a location and fishing techniques based on what type of fish his clients want to catch.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Bonito Bonito
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Red) Red Grouper

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Queenfish Queenfish
Rainbow Runner Rainbow Runner
Sailfish Sailfish

Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom made (Catamaran) originally built in 2005. Powered by 2 150HP Honda engines.

Length
28 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Wreck Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Handline
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:
Cash
Bank Transfer

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
94%
Appropriate for children
77%
Satisfied with the boat
85%
Catch intended fish
92%
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Daniel T.
Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Afternoon trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (PM) on December 31, 2020
kicked off at 12 and spent 5 hours trolling. weather was great and Vladimir did a great job keeping us happy during the trip....
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Kareem T.
Dubai, Dubai
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November fishing trip

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Weekend (PM) on November 21, 2020
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Andrew B.
Maddaloni, Campania
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Half day in Fujairah

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on May 20, 2019
We headed out onto the water on time and after a short stop for fresh bait fish we were trolling for some trophies. We caught...
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Andy A.
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi
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2 days, extended 11 hour trips

VERIFIED   Extended Full Day Trip on November 28, 2018
From the start, contact was great and set the tone for a great couple of days fishing. Unfortunately we had been let down by...
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Max K.
Dubai, Dubai
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Great Fishing Day with Darfeel

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on October 29, 2018
Had an excellent fishing trip (morning session) with Darfeel. Capt. Volodymyr gave us a very warm and friendly welcome.
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FAQs about C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters

C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • AED 2,400 per group - Half Day Trip - Weekend (AM) (5 hours)
  • AED 2,400 per group - Half Day Trip - Weekend (PM) (5 hours)
  • AED 2,400 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • AED 2,400 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • AED 3,600 per group - Full Day Trip (9 hours)
  • AED 3,600 per group - Full Day Trip - Weekend (9 hours)
  • AED 4,200 per group - Extended Full Day Trip (11 hours)
  • AED 4,200 per group - Extended Full Day Trip - Weekend (11 hours)

When you book a trip with C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Contact before the trip for details)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Caught during the trip)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Soft drinks)
  • First Mate (Tips are appreciated)
  • Fishing License
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Wreck Fishing

C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Handline
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with C’est La Vie - Darfeel Charters include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Bonito
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Red)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Queenfish
  • Rainbow Runner
  • Sailfish
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo