Norval Reef Charters - MV Norval

Shute Harbour Rd
Cannonvale QL, Australia

The Norval runs extended tours of 3, 6, and 9 day trips. We travel to the outer reef and beyond, up to 200 miles offshore - we go to catching areas that might only get visited by 10 boats a year! The travel out to the fishing grounds is done through the night so as not to waste any fishing time, but the captain will anchor in a place where you can fish all night if you prefer.

The Norval is a very comfortable timber vessel with a great top deck for relaxing after a big day of fishing. She is fully air-conditioned for your comfort, and travels at a comfortable 8 knots with stabilizer arms to make for a smooth ride.

The Norval has 3 tenders that are licensed to take 4 passengers so you can explore the reefs and shoals all around the catching area. You will be provided with everything except hooks and sinkers, and can choose between many different fishing techniques. If you love snorkelling, there are parts of reef that no person has ever seen just because of the remoteness of where we go. All your catch is filleted or gut and gilled ready for trophy mounting, whatever you choose
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Finally, we like to make sure that no one who tours with the Norval ever goes hungry or thirsty - 3 good meals a day and a choice of beers and soft drinks are provided.

THE ONLY THING BETTER THAN FISHING IS FISHING WITH FREE BEER

Thanks,
Ron Murphy [owner operator]


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    3 Day Trip - Private, 12 Pax
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 days trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 2895
    up to 12 persons / day
    Our 3 day trips go to the Bunker group from Gladstone, and the local reefs around Whitsundays from Airley Beach targeting the Coral Trout/Sweetlip, Emperor, Hussar, Cod, Cobour and all the top feeders. This is the trip we recommend for father and son trips - you get 3 full days fishing, and we try to fit two in a school holiday space. We can tailor a trip to Stanish bay crabbing, father and son can take the tenders and set the pots do some Barra fishing and just have a good time.
  • Private trip
    6 Day Trip - Private, 12 Pax
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 days trip
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 2895
    up to 12 persons / day
    Same format as the 7 day out of Gladstone, because the travel to Swains is only 6 hours instead of 14, we are able to cut the trip down to 6 days instead of 7 making the cost less. The fishing grounds are closer so we are fishing earlier, and still get the same fishing time in a 6 day as we do in a 7 from Gladstone (we still can catch double the bag limit in 6 days like the 7). Weather is not as a big factor because we are in covered water for a fair bit of the trip.
  • Private trip
    9 Day Trip - Private, 12 Pax
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 days trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 2573
    up to 12 persons / day
    We offer these trips to fishermen who want to go to the outer reaches of the Swains, which is to T-line, and to the wreck and Cato (which is 200 miles offshore). As a result you need good weather to reach it as there is a lot of open sea on the way. When there, it is the mecca for fishermen - highly recommended! Charters run from the Whitsundays, and go to the 200 mile zone. On these 9 day trips you can take 3 times the bag limit. On the Norval we supply canned beer XXXX Tooheys and VB for your enjoyment
  • Private trip
    3 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    3 days trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 265
    per person / day
    On all our trips we supply 3 wholesome meals + morning tea and afternoon tea. A fruit platter is on the sideboard all day long, with lollies for the sweet tooth. Bottled water, soft drink, and 3 types of beer (XXXX, Tooheys and VB) are also supplied free of charge.
  • Private trip
    6 Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    6 days trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 265
    per person / day
    2 persons minimum
    This 6 day trip from Airley can be tailored to your desire. Go fishing, crabbing, explore beaches with the family (children over 10 years), coral viewing, or beach cricket. Cabins allow for 2 adults & 2 children in the front, and the same aft, as well as 2 cabins with 2 bunks for the grandparents. A wonderful family holiday, with no need to spend more money (beer is included). Take the kids crabbing, then bring back for the chef to prepare, while mum and dad enjoy a cold beer - it does not get any better!
  • Private trip
    9 Day Trip - 200 Mile Outer Reef
      FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 days trip, starts at 4:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 257
    per person / day
    2 persons minimum
    We will be fishing the Swains reef and moving out to the Coral Sea to Marion Reef, Long Reef, and the Sholes inside that reef structure. This area is so far out (200 miles) that it is not often visited by any boats. Because we are an extended charter, we are able to catch 3 times the bag limit, which is 60 fish per person + 3 crew also. We are able to troll for top feeders. On the Norval we supply 3 types of canned beer (XXXX, Tooheys and VB). Fishing is great when having a beer after with great mates.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barramundi
Coral Trout
Snapper (Red Emperor)
Sweetlip Emperor

Trevally (Giant)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Microcraft () originally built in 1974, and restored in 2012. Powered by a 236HP Gardner engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 10 knots.

Length
60 ft
Capacity
12 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Toilet
Air Conditioning
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 30 days before the trip date.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
PayPal
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 1.5% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Norval Reef Charters
Cannonvale, Queensland, Australia
Member since June 2015
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Ron Murphy is the owner-operator of Norval Reef Charters. He began working around boat-building shipwrights in his teens, as well as fishing off the local jetties. As a young man, he bought a small tinny, then moved to an old timber vessel, which he brought back to its former glory and fished up and down the coast.
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