Expedition news


Kimberley expedition 2020



Welcome. With the wet season behind us and our beautiful tropical winter approaches, the diving and fishing only gets better from here on! Aroona has just returned from another successful Far Northern Reefs fishing adventure with many happy anglers! It’s not too late to put yourself in the picture for this year.

May and June are good months to visit with the rain finished, good visibility on the reef along with off season hotel accommodation rates still in place. However, the best place to stay is HOTEL AROONA – get a quote now you will be pleasantly surprised


Aroona is Not Just Your Average Luxury Vessel

Aroona is a 22m/ 70 ft Outer Reef Motor yacht that stands out from the rest, boasting 3 spacious deck levels and luxurious accommodation for extended charters. However, she is also your perfect platform for a one-day charter to the reef, an important corporate function, birthday celebrations, staff Xmas party or any special event.

Aroona operates out of Cairns and Port Douglas. Available for private charters to many destinations including the Whitsunday Islands, Lizard Island, Ribbons Reef, Osprey Reef, remote northern locations including Princess Charlotte Bay, Cape York and the Kimberley are just to name a few.

The far north Great Barrier Reef was producing some awesome fishing this year.

Captain Ross Miller and his highly experienced crew are able to offer personalised assistance to guest’s ultimate activities in adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. Snorkelling, scuba diving, sportfishing the reef and rivers, stand up paddle boards, photography, kitesurfing and more….

The destinations and activities are up to you, but our experienced Captain and crew will guide you to achieve the most memorable private charter imaginable ….

Swim with a Minke Whale in 2019 – we still have 4 WEEKS AVAILABLE IN JUNE and JULY. The only place on earth where you can swim and snorkel with the Dwarf Minke Whale. This is a short season departing Cairns and Lizard Island in June and July. Get a quote now!

The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s greatest reef system, stretching more than 2000km along Queensland’s north-east coast. As the world’s largest and most complex reef system, it has thousands of individual coral reefs and hundreds of continental islands, reef islands and cays, small bare sand cays, and permanent vegetated cays.

Whilst there has been a lot of negative news written about climate change and coral bleaching that threaten one of the world’s natural wonders, your trip with AROONA and crew will be one still to amaze. Aroona has a ‘roving’ permit which allows access to the many untouched and beautiful reefs within the 2000km+ of the Great Barrier Reef. Keep your eye on our Facebook and Website for up to the minute news, photos and videos!

Visit our NEW website  www.aroonaluxuryboatcharters.com.au

Call Captain Ross on (61) 0409 903 193 Or Carol for enquiries and bookings on 0457 590780 email carol@aroonalbc.com.au

Coral Larval Restoration Project


Arranging the settlement sheet over damaged coral.An impressive storm forms a backdrop to coral reef restoration project.Aroona anchored alongside coral spawn rearing ponds at Vlsaoff sand cay.


Aroona Luxury Boat Charters was excited to be involved in a recent project aimed at restoring damaged sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Aroona played host to eminent marine scientists from Cairns’ own James Cook University among others. Our crew worked tirelessly alongside members of the project to assist in collecting coral spawn and transporting to rearing ponds to then be placed on damaged sections of reef in the hopes of regeneration. The health of our beautiful coral reef is an issue close to our hearts and it was an honour to be a part of this project. Although we have seen areas of reef looking very sick. Aroona has a permit that allows us to move around the reef and show our guests the best pristine locations. The Great Barrier reef is over 2300km with over 2900 islands, there is still thousands of amazing locations to explore. If you want more information please feel free to call us to better understand the state of our GBR. 

For more info on the project click here.

2018 Far North Great Barrier Reef

Each year, Aroona strives to captivate guests with the beauty and wonder of some of the most remote regions of far northern Australia. In March 2018, Aroona’s expedition was two-fold: a journey into the most untouched and uppermost reaches of the Great Barrier Reef and a search of the pristine river systems in and around Princess Charlotte Bay.

The most northern confines of the Great Barrier Reef are some of the most challenging waters to navigate and anchor on the whole of the Great Barrier Reef. The currents that run through the reef in this area have helped shape the reef over thousands of years and transformed them into the vein-like river systems we see today. Even when tidal movement is low, the strong currents through the narrow passages between Papua New Guinea and Australia create some of the most spectacular sections of reef to explore. The views our drone captured from above of this slice of paradise are simply stunning! Over the two months Aroona spent in the far north we found coral gardens with 100% coral cover and an incredible diversity of fish and marine life.

Each day the activities ranged from scuba diving, snorkelling, spearfishing, light tackle fishing, exploring islands, sand cays and kite surfing. The fishing was fantastic with a variety of species caught from light tackle, fly fishing and spearfishing allowing our chef to have a great selection to prepare every day.

Along with the outer reef, we managed to cruise out to the mid shelf reefs off Princess Charlotte Bay and traverse the estuary rivers of the Cape York Peninsula. Our guests were picked up at Lizard Island, Lockhart River, Portland Roads and Horn Island. The remote air strips in these locales make it possible to experience the best of the Great Barrier Reef without having to spend 3 days travelling on board. Time is a precious commodity these days.

In 2019 Aroona will be running a limited number of 6 to 7 day trips again in the Far North. We just can’t get enough and there is soooo much more to discover in our own “backyard”! If you wish to secure a week with us please contact us and ask about the 2019 Far North expedition. We can tailor each trip to suit your level of adventure.

Future expeditions

Far North 2019

After a successful Far Northern Great Barrier Reef trip this year, Aroona is planning planning the next years trips to the far north in March, April and May 2019. Choose your style of charter from fishing, snorkelling and diving, spearfishing, kitesurfing, curising...

Minke Whale Season 2018- 2019

This year's Dwarf Minke season is almost over. We have limited dates available for full boat charters in July 2018 or book your 2019 trip of a lifetime. Come and swim face to face with the most curious whale on the planet! This is an experience of a lifetime when a...

Whitsundays August 2019

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the Queensland coast, lie 74 island wonders. The majority of the Whitsunday Islands are uninhabited national parks, with the Great Barrier Reef and fringing coral reefs at their doorstep. In August 2019 Aroona will be...