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“4 days of adventure.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Clearwater Island Lodge

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Clearwater Island Lodge
GreenLeadersSilver level
Sydney, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“4 days of adventure.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

If you're looking for great fishing and top food, in a very remote spot. Well this is it. I had 4 great days at the lodge. The trip starts with a short flight from Darwin. Picked up from the dirt runway and back to the lodge for a beer. The rooms and amenities are adequate. The view from the lodge is crash hot. To say that the food is impressive and generous, would be an under statement. The owners and guides are very friendly. Apart from the lodge boats I only spotted 3 other boats. I pointed this out to David. He jokingly replied, yes it gets busy up here some times. The boats are sturdy and comfortable. There are plenty of species on offer here. They all fight hard and will test your gear. Smashed up lures and trebles, are to be expected. I took my own rods and reels, you don't have to.(Check with the airline if you are taking your gear,restrictions apply) Accurate casting and listening to the guides, is an advantage. The guides are patient and offer an easy style of coaching, if required.
The scenery will blow you away. Adventure is abundant. I have fished some great spots in NT and QLD. Done the 2hrs each way by 4 wheel drive and live aboard on a mother ship. They are all good in their own way. There is just something very special about staying at Clearwater Lodge. You maximise your fishing and partying time. There is a score board near the bar, to tally up your catch each day. A bit of friendly rivalry makes it more fun. Get up there and get your name on it!
I look forward to my next visit to the Lodge. Cheers. Dave A

Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with everyone on Tripadvisor about your stay with us at Clearwater Island Lodge.

We're glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the great fishing and the unspoilt wilderness all the staff are really excited to hear that you will be returning for another adventure and we all can't wait to host you all again.

All the team were delighted that you have rated them so highly.

Wishing you safe travels throughout 2013 and beyond.

Kerri-Ann and the Clearwater team
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Western Australia, Australia
Level Contributor
27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2013 via mobile

In spite of visiting other 'Barra' camps we are drawn back to this lodge time & time again.

Everything just seems to come together in this wonderful environment. The hosts and the guides are exceptional and the scenery makes the fish a bonus.

Not to mention that not only am I in the 1Mt + Barra club BUT I am also now in the 1Mt+ Thread fin club.

We have come to the conclusion that this place is as close to "fishing heaven" as it could get.

Congratulations to Michael, Kerri, Dave and team for keeping the standards so high for so long.

Kim Linton

Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with everyone on Tripadvisor about your stay with us at Clearwater Island Lodge.

We're glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the great fishing and the unspoilt wilderness all the staff are really excited to hear that you will be returning for another adventure and we all can't wait to host you all again.

All the team were delighted that you have rated them so highly.

Wishing you safe travels throughout 2013 and beyond.

Kerri-Ann and the Clearwater team
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Darwin, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2013

I had great time at the clearwater island lodge. The location is amazing, staff are friendly and the food is sensational. The rooms are neat and tidy and so are the showers and pool.
Michael and Kerry were wonderful hosts, very warm and attentive and i would recommend this place to anyone coming to Tiwi.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Adam S
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with everyone on Tripadvisor about your stay with us at Clearwater Island Lodge.

We're glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the great fishing and the unspoilt wilderness all the staff are really excited to hear that you will be returning for another adventure and we all can't wait to host you all again.

All the team were delighted that you have rated them so highly.

Wishing you safe travels throughout 2013 and beyond.

Kerri-Ann and the Clearwater team
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Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

If you love fishing and great people this is the place.

Unspoilt wilderness, a laid back and super friendly place to be and the most extraordinary choice of fishing experiences from reef to estuary which are easily accessed in the one day.

I only had 2 days fishing which wasn't nearly enough for me. I can't wait to go back.

Thanks to everyone up there for a fantastic time - Michael, Kerr-ann, Clinton (what a guide), Dave (what a cook), David (for his guitar playing), Glenn (for guiding me last time) and Jarrod (thanks for that last g&t mate..)

Oh and I went to the local art gallery and bought the most awesome painting. I just love it there!


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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Brett S
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with everyone on Tripadvisor about your stay with us at Clearwater Island Lodge.

We're glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the great fishing and the unspoilt wilderness all the staff are really excited to hear that you will be returning for another adventure and we all can't wait to host you again.

All the team were delighted that you have rated them so highly.

Wishing you safe travels throughout 2013 and beyond.

Kerri-Ann and the Clearwater team
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2013

I've fished from 3 locations in the "Top End" over the years and Clearwater Island Lodge is easily the best I've experienced. I went there a few years ago with a group of six sons and son's in law. The fishing was varied and excellent. The guides were great. Food fantastic. Just a relaxing and awesome place - can't recommend it high enough.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Peter P
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with everyone on Trip Advisor about your stay with us at Clearwater Island Lodge.

We're glad to here you and the lads really enjoy your experience with us and really enjoyed the various fishing options we offer.

All the staff were really excited to hear that you rated us so highly with 4 stars and send a big thank you to you all they really appreciate the great feedback.

Wishing you safe all the best throughout 2013 and beyond and we hope to see you all again one day.

Kerri-Ann and the Clearwater Team
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2013

Went to Melville Island to bird-watch while my husband fished. Now a converted fisherwoman after a metre long jewfish, 80cm barra, arms exhausted by spanish mackeral and more golden snapper than I can handle. And Dave in the kitchen can mangrove jacks into really magical meals! It was hot & humid...got to expect that at the end of the Wet, but there is a wonderful cool spa pool at the end of a days fishing. We were only there 3 days and I am hungry for more!
PS the birdwatching is pretty good too!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Bronwen62
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thank you Bron for your fantastic review of Clearwater Island Lodge.

We were all really excited to read that we managed to convert you from being a very avid birdwatcher to an exceptional fisher woman not bad for your first time hitting the metre club with your jewfish! We always warn the husbands about being out fished and true to our word you did it as do many other wife's whom come here for their first fishing experience.
Glen was so proud to boast about your achievements everyday.
All the team and I cannot wait to see you both again sometime soon.
Take Care and all the best for 2013.
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Kiama, New South Wales, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2013

Fished with my 10 year old son and just loved the place , although August is not considered prime time we still caught plenty of Barra to 70cm Black Jew around 15kg and plenty of other odds and sods. Guides were exceptional , patient and a pleasure to fish with. Great food ,cold beer and tidy accommodation.Whilst not five star more than adequate when you are there to chase fish and experience the magical surrounds of the Tiwi Islands and the people who live there.
Would love to return when the finance's allow!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
1 Thank Deborah W
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ClearwaterLodge, Owner at Clearwater Island Lodge, responded to this review, 26 April 2013
Thanks for reviewing us at Clearwater Island Lodge and your recognition of our Fantastic Staff.
Our team are very proud to have read your feedback and they all continue to set a great example for the lodge.
We wish you safe travels throughout 2013 and beyond and hope to see you and your son one day again in the future.

Kerri-Ann and the Clearwater Island Lodge team
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Additional Information about Clearwater Island Lodge

Property: Clearwater Island Lodge
Address: Lot 288, Pularumpi St, 0822, Australia
Phone Number:
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Tiwi Islands > Melville Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Melville Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you ready to get out amongst it and experience Australia’s best fishing adventure? Welcome to Munupi Wilderness Lodge Melville Island Darwin Northern Territory. Our fishing lodge offers anglers, hands on fishing adventures. Imagine casting a lure off the deck of one of our fishing boats into our pristine fishing waters and as you begin to retrieve your lure, your rod gets hit with an awesome strike from a huge barramundi. Imagine no longer call us today to find out more on our affordable fully inclusive fishing packages. We are the original Melville Island fishing destination with direct exclusive access to the best Darwin fishing locations. If you like estuary fishing then Munupi offers it all. If you like blue water fishing then our fishing grounds are rated some of the best in Australia.When you call us, ask about our fish catch guarantee, that’s right we guarantee you will catch a fish or your fishing trip will be refunded or replaced it’s your choice, it’s our guarantee to you. So don’t delay come and play in our part of the world you will be really glad you did. ... more   less 

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