Nambas Fishing Charters

Nambas Fishing Charters offers various fishing packages onboard a luxury 40’ Blackwatch. The boat was custom built to the highest specifications for all levels of game fishing. Speaking of which, Nambas Fishing Charters can put you on some real massive fish - Blue and Black Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna are just some of the names.

Based in beautiful Havannah Harbour, the crew has fantastic access to some of the best fishing in Vanuatu, only moments from the marina. The boat carries a full selection of the finest quality Shimano tackle, with downriggers, tuna tubes, and a vast array of lures.

Carrying this tackle onboard at all times means that the crew is always ready to target some of Vanuatu’s hardest fighting and most sought after fish species, using the technique of your choice. Whether it’s trolling for Marlin, popping for GT’s, jigging for Dogtooth or fly fishing, Captain Russ will ensure you have the best possible chance at catching your target fish. Capt. Russ has fished around numerous fisheries the world over, setting many records in game fishing.

The boat is rigged with navigational electronics, stores safety gear, has a toilet, bedroom, kitchen, flybridge, a live bait well, AC, an ice box, and a multimedia system. Once onboard, the crew will help you make the most out of your outing. On shorter trips, they will serve snacks, soft drinks, and water. Lunch will be provided on full day trips. You don’t need a fishing license.

When preparing for the trip, pack sunblock, a cap, sunglasses. You will need comfortable clothes and footwear to be able to join the chase. If prone to seasickness, take medication before the trip. It might be a good idea to bring an extra layer of clothes, just in case. And, don’t forget a camera. You will want to have nice photos of your catch. Hop onboard and have a blast!



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  • Private trip
    Multiday Trip
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    4 trip days, starts at 5:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $1,960
    up to 5 persons / day
    On this multiday trip you'll fish around the spectacular volcanic islands of Vanuatu. Nambas is the perfect vessel for this, offering a comfortable and stable fishing platform to explore some of the most untouched fishing areas this country has to offer. With ample accommodation, air-conditioning and wonderful food it will truly make this an unforgettable trip of a life time. And the fish're outstanding - Blue and Black Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Mahis! Grab your backpack, and come along!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $1,235
    up to 5 persons
    A full day trip can be tailored to suit your needs whether it be trolling, jigging, or popping. This eight hour trip gives you plenty of time on the water, and you have the best chance of catching the fish of a life time. Either fish the inshore drop offs for Wahoo, Sailfish, Black Marlin & Dogtooth, or go offshore for Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. All tackle, snacks, lunch, water, and soft drinks are included. You don't need a fishing license.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $855
    up to 5 persons
    You will have more time for fishing. What you target is up to you. The captain can take you fishing inshore for Wahoo, Sailfish, Black Marlin & Dogtooth, or go further out for Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. The crew will supply the rods, reels, and tackle. You will also get snacks, water, and soft drinks. Bring sunblock, a cap, sunglasses, and wear comfortable clothes. Pack a camera, and take medication if prone to seasickness. Then hop onboard and go get that fish!
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    $655
    up to 5 persons
    This 4 hour trip can be tailored to suit your needs. The departure time can vary a bit depending on the time of the year. You can either fish the inshore drop offs for Wahoo, Sailfish, and Black Marlin, or go offshore for Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi Mahi. All tackle, snacks, water and soft drinks are included. You don't need the fishing license. Before you hop onboard, bring sunblock, shades, a cap, and take medications if prone to seasickness. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancelation 30 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $655
    up to 5 persons
    On this afternoon trip, you can set the course and go fishing. Head offshore for Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Mahi Mahi, or rather stay near the inshore drop offs for Wahoo, Sailfish, and Black Marlin. Depending on the time of the year, the departure time can vary slightly. The crew will provide all tackle, snacks, water, and soft drinks. You don't need the fishing license. Pack sunblock, shades, a cap, and take medications if prone to seasickness. Wear comfortable clothes and footwear.
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About the Captain

Russ Housby
Port Vila, Vanuatu
Angler's Choice
38 reports
8 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since August 2015
Capt. Russ has been born and raised on fishing. Son to a famous angling journalist, Capt. Russ has fished for a variety of species worldwide. Fly fishing for Trout in English chalk streams, going after Porbeagle Shark in the English Channel, then moving onto game fishing in Madeira. Capt. Russ spent his summer holidays lure fishing for Blue Marlin for some nine years. He has and caught and released many of these massive fish. He has also fished around top Marlin destinations, including Cairns, Bom Bom Island, Ghana, and Brazil. He's a specialist in ultra light, light, and heavy tackle, and has worked with some of the most skillful captains around the world. Capt. Russ has been fishing the local waters of Vanuatu for the past 12 years, and has set many world records.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Coral Trout
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack (Almaco)
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)
Red Bass
Sailfish

Trevally (Giant)
Tuna (Dogtooth)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo

Boat Specs

Black Watch (Flybridge) originally built in 2004, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 510HP Caterpillar engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 27 knots.

Length
40 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancelation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 30 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
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
Crew Keeps 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:
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Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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5.00
out of 5 stars from 8 reviews
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Experience
4hr trip of a life time
4hr trip of a life time
Big Dogtooth for Mike on Nambas Vanuatu
+8
Angler Rating
8
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
71%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
86%
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Giralang, Australian Capital Territory
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Simpy The Best!

March 28, 2018
We have fished with Russ and Laura a number of times now and never been disappointed.  They run a truly first class operation. ...
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Gladesville, New South Wales
 5.00
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4hr trip of a life time

VERIFIED   December 24, 2017
On xmas eve we ventured out on a 4hr trip hoping to catch something memorable for xmas dinner, the fish were not co operating,...
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Neal T.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
 5.00
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Live aboard Fishing Charter

November 6, 2016
We arrived in Port Vila the morning of Feb. 6th to start an eight day live aboard fishing adventure down to Santo and the surrounding...
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Chris C.
Carnegie, Victoria
 5.00
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10/10 BEST FISHING TRIP EVER

April 26, 2016
Where to even start…. From the moment I arrived at the airport I was greeted by “Russ” the skipper...
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Steve And Dana Mcclennan
Auckland, Auckland
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6 Hour (half day) trip with Nambas

VERIFIED   July 15, 2017
Great day out on the water, the fish played the game well. Skipper and crew very professional and great to deal with. Have...
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Fishing Reports

Incredible Marlin Action in Vanuatu!

June 19, 2019

As usual the winter season in Vanuatu in shaping up to give us some seriously hot Blue Marlin Fishing. In the last 5 days Nambas Fishing charters have clocked up 10 Blue Marlin from 13 bites. It has been… Read Full Report →


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