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Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Comfortable accomodation, excellent food, excellent service, knowledgeable guides, well worth the money. If you are a die hard fisho you will love this place and if you want to see a stunning part of our world this is it. Interacting with the local indigenous people was an eye opener.

Thank John B
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

We visited as a group of 6 at the end of March for two days fishing and had a great time. A great mix of blue water and river fishing allowed for diverse fishing for our group. The accommodation was comfortable and the food tasty. A great fishing trip that was enjoyed by our entire family.

1Thank W K
Nigel B, Sales at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi WK, thanks for taking time out of your day and posting a review. I'm glad the family had a great time and choosing to stay in our VIP rooms made your stay even more enjoyable I'm sure. Looking forward to seeing you again.

Darwin, Australia
Reviewed 3 December 2015

Stayed for a few days, the whole place was so very well kept, clean and tidy. Meals by the chef were varied with a nice Jewfish starters with a beer before dinner. Boats were well cared for and maintained. Views from the lodge looked back to Snake bay and to the Arafura sea, fantastic with the storms rolling in. Thanks...

2Thank Chudley
Nigel B, Sales at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Chudley, thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. Sitting on the deck with a beer and some well cooked fresh fish is as good as it sounds. I'll pass on your kind words to the lodge and look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 9 October 2015

Recently 2 mates and I spent 4 nights at Melville Island Lodge run by TIWI Adventures. We fished over 3 full days and accounted for 22 different species including a 91cm Barra and a 140cm Longtail Tuna. What a paradise it turned out to be with a full cooked breakfast at 0600 every day then onto the 6.5 Metre boats...

2Thank Robert A
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Robert, thanks for kind words mate. You caught some very nice fish whilst you were here and it was a pleasure having you and the guys. Look forward to seeing you again Robert and we'll try and find that extra 9cm so you can join the metre barra club.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

I visited the lodge and Johnson river camp with three friends over 8 days. The three we had at melville lodge were great, can not complain about anything. The guides were great, Grassy and Paul. We fished three locations, two to a boat, ca aught fish every day. The accomodation for a fishing camp is great, air con, wi fi...

1Thank paddles_11
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Paddles, thanks for taking time out of your day and posting a review. The joint trip taking in both Melville Island Lodge and Johnson River Camp is nice and easy to do and you get to visit 2 of the best fishing lodges in Australia. Hope to see you up here again.

Busselton, Australia
Reviewed 14 August 2015

This location offers some memorable fishing both blue water and creek /estuary.The accommodation is very good,the food superb and scenery spectacular,especially Goose Creek. As a single organising fishing trips isn't that easy, Most places cater for groups and aren't willing to pair up singles.But Nigel could not have been more accommodating.I had 7 days of memorable fishing with another single...

Thank Ross W
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Ross, thanks for your very kind words and taking the time to write this review. We're very open to matching singles on our fishing packages and happy we could do it for you on this occasion. Your guide Steve (Grassy) Raines has been here a very long time and knows everything there is to know about casting and the...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Excellent accomodation and amenties for such a remote location. The fishing experience was fantastic and our guide Mark (Magic Mark) was very patient and professional. Thank you for the fresh golden snapper and mud crab you cooked for our lunch. While the fishing was great the overall wildlife we witnessed was absolutely brilliant as well Water Buffalo, Crocs, Sea Eagles,...

1Thank Tina F
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Tina & Stuart, thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're very glad you enjoyed the wildlife and fishing. From memory, you both had never picked up a fishing rod before but your guide quickly got you casting like a regular. We try and go the extra mile for our clients, that's why we encouraged the Sea...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 31 May 2015

This is Australian scenery, wildlife and old fashioned customer service at is best. We had nine guys fishing for two days and it was brilliant fun. Caught Barras, Saratogas, Flathead, Mangrove Jacks, Queen fish to name a few. We are not experienced fisherman but caught over 50 fish per boat over the two days. The guides were very patient with...

Thank Fokksie
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi David, thanks for taking the time to post your review. The Tiwi Islands is a unique place teeming with wildlife and in a couple of days you scratched the surface of it. Very nice Saratoga on our Facebook page by the way. It was a pleasure having your group with us David and hope to see you again in...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 17 May 2015

Have just returned from a really wonderful trip to Melville Lodge. My son and I set off from Melbourne full of excitement and expectations. The flight over from Darwin was beautiful and from the moment we arrived our expectations were being met. We had watched the DVD about the lodge a few times so we knew what the lodge would...

1Thank Kathleen S
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Kathy, thanks for your very kind words. it was a pleasure having Chris and yourself at Melville Lodge and i'll certainly pass on your comments to all the staff. Your right Kathy, the Tiwi Islands are a beautiful place and there is plenty to do and see. We're looking forward to the next time we see you.

Wagga Wagga, Australia
Reviewed 9 April 2015

A fantastic fishing experience. Fully guided fishing, with comfortable lodge style accommodations. Charter flights take you across from Darwin and the crew from Melville Island Lodge are waiting to take you to a great experience. Service from all staff is a credit - you are their focus for your entire stay. The meals prepared by their on-site chef are delicious,...

1Thank Miriam D
Nigel B, General Manager at Melville Island Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Miriam. Thank you for taking the time out to write about your experience at Melville Island Lodge. It was a pleasure having Peter and yourself stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again in the future. If you have some pictures you really like please send them to me and i'll share them on our Facebook...

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Melville Island Lodge is situated on the fringe of Milikapati, a small and very friendly Tiwi Islands community, which is also known as Snake Bay. Our purpose-built Fishing Lodge, which is arguably the best located and most comfortable fishing destination in Australia, is positioned high on the water’s edge with sweeping views over beautiful Snake Bay and the Timor Sea. ... more   less 

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Address: Milikapiti | Melville Island, 0822, Australia
Region: Australia > Northern Territory > Top End > Tiwi Islands
Number of rooms: 12
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“Ask for the rooms with ensuite bathrooms.”
 of 5 bubbles U6045SIjohnb, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Choose the Private Room, bit extra, but nice quiet area.”
 of 5 bubbles Chudley, 3 Dec 2015 | Read review
“This not a hotel as such,but a fishing lodge.You have a choice of shared facilities or 2 rooms with ensuites.All rooms are airconditioned”
 of 5 bubbles rossw715, 14 Aug 2015 | Read review
“This is a Fishing LOdge and the accommodation is great .”
 of 5 bubbles mekida2, 7 Jul 2014 | Read review
“All the rooms seemed equal. Ours was very handy to the bar area and there was no noise problem. Everyone seemed to retire quite early. We have never slept better”
 of 5 bubbles 506warrenr, 2 Jul 2014 | Read review
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