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ULUAI ISLAND

Where is Uluai?


Uluai Island is located in Kove West New Britain about 1.5 hours by car and 1 hour by boat. Uluai is a small private Island with no other villages so when you arrive, you have the island to yourself with our staff.




What is the Uluai Island itinerary?





What does a Baia Lodge itinerary look like ?


1. Fly from your home to Port Moresby (PNG Capital City) 2. Depart Port Mroesby to Hoskins (Kimbe) - 1 Hour Flight 3. Liamo Reef Resort Bus will be awaiting your arrival and take you to Liamo Reef Resort where you will spend 1 night. 4. The next day you will depart to Baia Lodge via boat or car for and enjoyable 4.5 hours. When you arrive around lunch time, you will start your fishing that afternoon. 5. Spend the next 4-5 nights at Baia Lodge 6. On the 6th day, depart Baia to Kimbe by boat after your morning fish 7. Stay 1 night at Liamo Reef Resort for a final dinner 8. Depart Kimbe back home




What is the accommodation like?


Rooms are large and very comfortable as twin share; however each person may have their own room when possible. All rooms have fans and 240 outlets throughout the building. Flushable toilets, hot water, and all the comforts of home make Baia Lodge a fantastic place to escape and experience a unique piece of paradise and spectacular tropical angling.




What meals are served?


Meals are both Western and Asian style cuisine and of course fresh seafood is always part of the menu. PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR DON'T EAT ANY PARTICULAR FOOD. The island is not near any shops and all food on the menu is brought in from Kimbe town at the beginning of the trip only.




What drinks are at Uluai?


We do not store drinks at Uluai. We require guests to pre-order and prepay for their drinks. Drinks payment is payable when final balance is due. An order form will be emailed to you to complete. Terms and conditions will be stated on the order form. Please order for day and evening consumption and for the days where you travel to and back from lodge. You do not need to order drinks whilst you are at Liamo Reef Resort as they have drinks in stock. BYO SPIRITS AND WINE PERMITTED AT THE FISHING LODGE ONLY.




Is there mobile phone coverage at Uluai Island?


Coverage is usually available at Uluai Island but not at the rivers. Data for internet is limited.




What other activities are at Uluai Island?


Sport fishing both fresh and salt water is the key activity however there is plenty of other activities to enjoy:

  • Village Tours to meet the friendly Kove people
  • Cultural Dances - Kundu Drums
  • Bush trekking and bird watching
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling on nearby reefs
  • Swimming in the cool freshwater natural springs
  • Spearfishing
  • Night Snorkelling
  • Beach fires
  • Watch Turtle Egg Laying





ULTIMATE ONE

What does a Ultimate One itinerary look like?


Day 1: Fly from your home to Port Moresby (PNG Capital City) Day 1: Depart Port Mroesby to Hoskins (Kimbe) - 1 Hour Flight Day 1: Liamo Reef Resort Bus will be awaiting your arrival and take you to Liamo Reef Resort where you will have dinner and boat Ultimate One that night. Once eveyone is on board, we will overnight travel to the fishing grounds. In the morning you will start fishing. Day 2-6: Spend the next 5-6 nights on board Ultimate One Day 6: On the 6th day, depart location to Kimbe overnight by boat after your morning fish Day 7: Liamo Reef Resort transfer bus will drop you off to airport for your flight home





FISHING

What fish species can you catch?


Our main targetting species are Black Bass and Spottail Bass, however, you can catch up to 20 other species in these rivers alone from Mangrove Jack, Wolf Herron, Queen Fish, Sharks, White Speckles Cod, Tarpon, Spotted Cod, GT, Barracuda, Travelley and more! We also cater to Blue Water fishing with both Baia and Ultimate One.




When is the best time to fish?


We are closed during the Wet Season of December through to the end of March. Recommended fishing months are May to November.




What type of Blue Water fishing can I do?


Papua New Guinea has an incredible array of light tackle sports fishing options, with almost every species of Pacific game fish inhabiting the plankton and baitfish rich waters adjacent to the reef and continental shelf. Imagine trolling rigged baits or deep diving minnow lures for the likes of Wahoo, Spanish mackerel, Yellow Fin Tuna, Dolphin Fish (Mahi Mahi), various Trevally, Sailfish & Marlin. These tropical speedsters offer exceptional sports fishing opportunities. Much has been written about the variety of fish species abundant in the warm tropical waters off the coast from Papua New Guinea. Not knowing exactly what fish is going to crash your trolled offering is half the fun, hooking up to a leaping, gyrating, lit up sportfish is the other. The food chain here is complete, with the mass of coral providing shelter and food as predator eats predator. This abundance of life provides the perfect opportunity for the visiting angler to capture some truly magnificent fish. Giant Trevally (GT) Popper Casting The Mighty Giant Trevally (G.T.) certainly are a very tough customer. These robust predator really take angler, tackle & crew to their very limits and sometimes beyond! These Kings of the reef patrol along the reef edge schooling up baitfish. Popper casting for G.T. is predominantly 'Sight Fishing'. It’s incredibly exciting to watch as the huge head and shoulders of a massive G.T. breaks the surface as it devours a well-placed cast popper! Although G.T.s are the prime targeted species for popper casting other fish are also sometimes caught. Among these are Blue spot, Golden, Silver, & Tea leaf Trevally. As well as Spanish mackerel, Dolphin Fish, Red Bass & Coral Trout just to name a few. JIGGING Yet another great way to test out your skill & strength. Jigging can be done year round. Using a variety of lead heads, slice type and soft plastics, it is absolutely incredible what you can catch on a jig. Every imaginable bottom fish from coral trout to red emperor and everything in between as well as a bunch of different toothy pelagic.




What gear do I need?


Note: Baia Sport Fishing can supply fishing rods and reels for use. Please pre-book. No charge for hire but charges incurred for any lost or damaged gear. Lures BYO. SUGGESTED FISHING GEAR Rod: A good bait caster rod around 5.5 to 6 feet with plenty of back bone and rated at 8 to 15 kg. Please ensure your rods are packed in strong and sturdy rod tubes to avoid damage when flying. Air Niugini accepts your average rod tube size however for all domestic flights within Australia please check with your Airline what the maximum length is.
Reels: Loaded with 30 to 50lb braid. Best reels include Daiwa Lexa, Abu Revo’s, Calcutta 300 & 400, Curado 300, Abu 6500 & 7000, and most of the solid quality baitcaster reels. Similarly, medium sized quality spinning reels will be fine.
Leader: 50 lb to 70 lb fluro carbon leader is also required and it may be a good idea to have some wire when targeting the bigger bass when live baiting, and toothy pelagics
Lures: Popular surface lures with the Bass are the Rapala skitter pops and tango dancer or similar in all colors. Imitation surface frogs are also good. Medium and deep diving minnow type lures such as the Duo Realis range, Rapala Xraps, Rapala Bara Mags, Storm Deep Barra, Salmo Perch, B52’s, halco Scorpions 125, Poltergeist 90 and similar are all great lures. A selection of surface lures should also be included in the tackle box. We find the mullet, black/gold, Red and Silver, and natural colours are effective with darker and more contrasted lures the better choice. If you have done a lot of fishing for Barra or Mangrove Jack, it’s all similar lures but with an upgrade on hooks and split rings. For the inshore pelagics, Xraps, Halco Pro or similar lures around the reefs work well and medium poppers for the GT's. Wire trace is recommended for the razor gang species. Smaller skirted lures from 4” to 6” are great for Tuna, Wahoo, Sailfish and Small Marlin. Fly fishermen can use from 8 to 12 weight but 10 weight as an average is fine for the Bass. Small clouser type flies from 2” to 4” always work well when the white bait are running. Surface flys and Frog type bloopers up to 6” will also work well particularly with the Spot Tail Bass. If you want to target the smaller species also like Jungle Perch, Tarpon and Jacks then a 4 to 6 weight will also provide a lot of fun with a range of small flys both sinking and surface. Larger flys 6” to 8” with wire when targeting the offshore Yellowfin Tuna, GT, Spaniards, Sails etc. We also have lure packs for sale so please inquire if you would like us to organise a range of lures for you.




What lures should I bring?


For Black Bass, here are a few of our favourites: Reedys Judges - Gold, Orange, Green Tango Dancer (Medium Size) - Blue, Silver Walk the Dog Jerkbaits - Fluro Yellow Barra Classics - Deep and Medium Divers - Fluro Green, Blue DUO Realis Crave G87 Halco RMG - Blue Rooster Poppers - Purple Minnows Soft Plastics BLUE WATER Stick Bait - Green Poppers




What is a Black Bass?


The Black Bass is also called the ‘Papuan Black Snapper’ or Niugini Bass. Black bass inhabit brackish and fresh waters, they are opportunistic and omnivorous in their diet. They consume crabs, fish (including smaller bass, small crocodiles and mammals). In common with many large, river fish, the larger Black Bass are territorial. In areas where there is little tidal influence they remain in the one general area, but where there are large tides they move with the tides and changing river flows and water levels.




What is a Spottail Bass?


Also known as a “Freshwater snapper,” the Spottail Bass generally inhabit the more upper reaches of the river systems where the water is predominantly fresh. Spottail Bass are also opportunistic and omnivorous in their diet and fight just as down and dirty like their relatives the Black Bass.









GENERAL

What is the minimum group size for a trip?


Baia : 4-10 Guests Ultimate One : 6-8 Guests If you do not have the minimum numbers, feel free to get in touch and we can join you with an existing group.




How do I book a trip?


Please visit our CONTACT page and complete the online form. We will be in touch with you with packages and more information. Once you have selected a package, to secure your dates, only a deposit is required. Hope to hear from you soon!




Is there phone reception?


Baia does not have photo connection at the Lodge, however 5 minutes from the lodge you are able to make calls and access the internet. Connection varies when on board Ultimate One as it depends on the location you are fishing. Most of the time you will have connection.




Are there discounts for families?


Yes of course! We love having families over to experience the beauty and culture of PNG. Please contact us with your details.




How long does it take to get to Kimbe?


From Brisbane or Cairns it is a 3 hour or 1.5 hour plane ride respectively. Once you are in Port Moresby, you will catch the connecting flight to Hoskins (Kimbe). We will be awaiting your arrival at the airport.




What malaria medication should I take?


Please visit your Doctor at least 6 weeks prior to your journey and he will recommend what medication is required. There is malaria in PNG. The doctor will most likely give you Doxylin as a preventive. Please note, when taking this medication you can be prone to sunburn. Sunscreen highly recommend.




Are laundry services provided?


Laundry is done daily at Baia Sport Fishing Lodge and on board Ultimate One.





TRAVEL

Can Baia Sportfishing book flights?


Yes, Baia Sportfishing can arrange your full return flights from either Cairns, Brisbane or Sydney. (Flight Plan = Home --- Port Moresby --- Hoskins (Kimbe)) Please let us know if you want us to book your flights on our online booking sheet. https://goo.gl/forms/zN8s7HTx5WfV3g4y2




What should I pack?


CLOTHING & MEDICATION We recommended clothing as follows: 2 x long sleeve fishing shirts and pants if required. 3 x shorts 3 x T shirts 3 x underwear 1 x cap 1 pair of sandal’s or sandshoes 1 x rain jacket (optional) Sunscreen Insect repellent Malaria preventive medication




Do I need travel insurance?


Lodges are situated in isolated areas of the West New Britain coast, and in emergencies the quickest way out is by helicopter or medivac plane. It is COMPULSORY TO ACQUIRE TRAVEL/MEDIVAC INSURANCE. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO EMAIL THROUGH A COPY OF YOUR TRAVEL INSURANCE PRIOR TO YOUR TRIP COMMENCING.




Do I need a visa to enter PNG?


ANGLERS & TOURIST

YOU MUST APPLY FOR A VISA WITH VIA THIS LINK: https://evisa.ica.gov.pg/evisa/account/Apply

Where To Apply

Applications can be lodged online; or at any Papua New Guinea Diplomatic Post or Mission prior to travel; or upon arrival at Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby. You are responsible for ensuring that you have the appropriate visa or right to obtain a visa on arrival in Papua New Guinea prior to commencing your travel. There may be adverse consequences if you attempt to enter Papua New Guinea without authority.


How To Apply

Complete the Online Application or Application for Entry Permit (Form 1);

https://evisa.ica.gov.pg/evisa/account/Apply

Pay the US$50* online lodgement fee (if applicable); and

Provide a copy of your passports bio data page.


*All MSF and online lodgement fees are levied in US Dollars and converted into Australian Dollars (using the published conversion rate) prior to finalisation of application registration. The total fees payable will be provided by the system prior entering payment details in the e-Visa portal or you will be advised by the ICA officer when submitting your application in person.

If you require an address for the visa, please use:

Liamo Reef Resort – Kimbe International Hotel

Po Box - 94, Kimbe, West New Britain Province,

Papua New Guinea 0621

Office Mobile:

+675 79570500 | +675 7947 0501 | +675 7391 1918 Fax: +675 983 4371 | Direct: +675 7072 5451 | Ext: 340

NOTE TO FILM CREWS You are required to obtain a special filming Visa. Please enquire with your nearest PNG consulate. http://pngembassy.org/migration.html#11 Web contact for PNG consulate in Australia - http://www.pngcanberra.org/contacts/ BRISBANE PNG CONSULATE LOCATION: Consulate-General of Papua New Guinea Level 3, 344 Queens Street GPO Box 220 Brisbane 4001 Tel: (07) 3221 7915 Fax: (07) 3221 3105 Email: pngcg@kundubne.org (Note: New Office Location - Level 3, 344 Queens Street) Hours of Business: Counter Service Monday - Friday 09:30am - 3:00pm Telephone Enquiries and Appointments Monday - Friday 08:30am - 4:30pm CAIRNS PNG CONSULATE LOCATION Suit 4, Conservatory Building 12-14 Lake street P O Box 4886 Cairns, QLD, 4870 Phone: +617 4041 4801, +617 4041 7643, +61740413503 Fax: +617 4031 8887 Jessy Rumb - Vice Consul-Immigration Email: jessyrumb@immigration.gov.pg Website: www.immigration.gov.pg PNG FORIEGN AFFAIRS Phone: +617 4031 8881/2/3/4 Fax: +617 4051 3589 PNG IMMIGRATION Phone: +617 4041 4801, +617 4041 7643 & +617 4041 5305 Fax: +617 4031 8887




What is the luggage allowance for rod tubes?


LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE WITH AIR NIUGINI International flights - Business Class: 40kgs (66lbs) per person, Economy Class: 30kgs (44lbs )per person , Domestic flights - 16kgs (35lbs) per person http://www.airniugini.com.pg/aviation-faqs/ Air Niugini PNG contact for any information regarding general baggage services Telephone: + 675 327 3644
Fax: + 675 327 3207
Email: baggage@airniugini.com.pg NOTE: Free EXTRA baggage allowances are given for golf and dive gear but not fishing gear. Rod tube lengths - Up to 2 Rod Tubes each, NO Longer than 3m. PLEASE PACKAGE YOUR RODS WITHIN STRONG & STURDY ROD TUBES TO AVOID DAMAGE WHEN FLYING. Air Niugini accepts your average rod tube size. If you require more information please contact Air Niugini baggage.




How to check in domestic airport in Port Moresby


INFORMATION - ARRIVING IN PORT MORESBY – TRANSFERING TO DOMESTIC AIRPORT Once you have collected your luggage and have gone through customs proceed to the INTERNATIONAL CHECK IN DESK to check in for your DOMESTIC FLIGHT. YOU DO NOT NEED TO GO TO DOMESTIC TERMINAL TO BOOK IN YOUR LUGGAGE. DO THIS VIA THE INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL. You will see a sign stating your check-in queue at International counter. Once you have checked in, exit out of the International Airport and turn right. Walk down the pathway to domestic terminal. (Only a few minute walk). Take the second entrance to domestic terminal and proceed through two security checks until you have reached the domestic lounge. IF RUNNING LATE – TALK TO THE GROUND STAFF TO GET SOME HELP. FLIGHT MAY LEAVE WITHOUT YOU IF YOU ARE LATE.




What happens if I miss my connecting flight?


IN THE EVENT YOU MISS YOUR CONNECTING FLIGHT If you have an international Air Niugini ticket and you missed your flight due to Air Niugini’s fault, they will supply accommodation and meal in Port Moresby. (If travelling with Airlines PNG, Qantas, please check with the airlines on their conditions or go to customer service desk). Go QUICKLY (otherwise there may be a long wait to get your accommodation voucher) to the CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK in either INTERNATIONAL or DOMESTIC TERMINAL to obtain an accommodation and meal voucher. If you can request hotel, ask for Airways, Crown Plaza, Holiday Inn or Gateway. These are the best in town. A courtesy bus will be arranged for your accommodation.




Useful contact details you should save before you travel


Should you have any problems whilst in Port Moresby or you miss your connecting flight please call:




What time to flights depart Australia to Port Moresby?


We are a single day travel from the airports below. Brisbane: 1040 Departure (Monday-Sunday)
Cairns: 1145 Departure (Monday-Sunday)
Sydney: 0830 - 0900 Departure (Saturday) All flights are via Port Morebsy with a 1-3 hour layorver. Port Moresby to Hoskins: 1500 Departure (Monday-Sunday) Arrival in Hoksins: 1630





BAIA LODGE

Where is Baia?


Baia Sport Fishing Lodge is West New Britain, PNG. Kimbe is the main town and is also the capital of West New Britain. From Kimbe it is a 4.5 hour drive by boat or car to our remote and beauiful lodge.




How do I get to Baia?





What does a Baia Lodge itinerary look like ?


1. Fly from your home to Port Moresby (PNG Capital City) 2. Depart Port Mroesby to Hoskins (Kimbe) - 1 Hour Flight 3. Liamo Reef Resort Bus will be awaiting your arrival and take you to Liamo Reef Resort where you will spend 1 night. 4. The next day you will depart to Baia Lodge via boat or car for and enjoyable 4.5 hours. When you arrive around lunch time, you will start your fishing that afternoon. 5. Spend the next 4-5 nights at Baia Lodge 6. On the 6th day, depart Baia to Kimbe by boat after your morning fish 7. Stay 1 night at Liamo Reef Resort for a final dinner 8. Depart Kimbe back home




What is the accommodation like?


Rooms are large and very comfortable as twin share; however each person may have their own room when possible. All rooms have fans and 240 outlets throughout the building. Flushable toilets, hot water, and all the comforts of home make Baia Lodge a fantastic place to escape and experience a unique piece of paradise and spectacular tropical angling.




What meals are served?


Meals are both Western and Asian style cuisine and of course fresh seafood is always part of the menu. PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR DON'T EAT ANY PARTICULAR FOOD. The lodge is not near any shops and all food on the menu is brought in from Kimbe town at the beginning of the trip only.




What drinks are at the lodge?


We do not store drinks at the lodge. We require guests to pre-order and prepay for their drinks. Drinks payment is payable when final balance is due. An order form will be emailed to you to complete. Terms and conditions will be stated on the order form. Please order for day and evening consumption and for the days where you travel to and back from lodge. You do not need to order drinks whilst you are at Liamo Reef Resort as they have drinks in stock. BYO SPIRITS AND WINE PERMITTED AT THE FISHING LODGE ONLY.




Is there mobile phone coverage at Baia?


Coverage is only available when out at sea in certain places. There is no mobile coverage at the lodge or most rivers. However calls and internet can be accessed 5 minutes from the lodge. Please take care with data roaming whilst in PNG as some customers have encountered hefty bills upon returning home.




What other activities are at Baia Lodge?


Sport fishing both fresh and salt water is the key activity at the Lodge. Village Tours to meet the friendly Baia people. Bush trekking and bird watching Kayaking Snorkeling on nearby reefs Swimming in the cool freshwater natural springs Walk to the mini waterfalls with nautral face masks





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Kimbe West New Britain, Papua New Guinea

baiafishingpng@gmail.com | +675 7364 5694 | +614 9817 3196

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