HOW ABOUT FISHING & EXPLORING THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ABOARD A VINTAGE HOTEL BOAT THAT CAN GO PLACES WHERE OTHER HOTEL BOATS CAN'T?
MANAIA HOTEL BOAT NAVIGATES DEEP & SHALLOW WATERS WHERE FISH CAN'T HIDE.
Once in a lifetime fishing experience.
FISHING IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ABOARD A VINTAGE HOTEL BOAT.
THE AMAZON NOSTALGIA PACKAGE: Thousands of fishermen in the world dream about the first experience of fishing in the Amazon rainforest and feel the adrenaline of tackling an explosive giant Peacock Bass among other sportive species, such as a huge catfish.
Traveling Amazon rivers aboard hotel boats is one of the best options available. If you do not want to spend big bucks on a hotel boat package that operates in the upper Rio Negro river, the Manaia is the best option for you, a perfect equation for groups up to 10 people. This package offers you all, without compromising quality, safety and good fishing!
> The Manaia begins and ends the trip in Manaus.
> This way you won’t need to travel on charter flights to the north to get on a hotel boat (The total luggage weight by client is 15kg + 3kg carry on baggage).
> So you don’t have any luggage restrictions in the Manaia package!
> Our package includes one extra night in Manaus city and and a full day city tour with a bilingual guide. During this tour, you can buy charming and very cheap native crafts. You can bring gifts to dozens of people without spending almost anything. And we will still have time to have lunch and dinner in some good restaurants in Manaus, always accompanied by our bilingual tour guide.
THE MANAIA VINTAGE HOTEL BOAT is based in Manaus, AM – Brazil. It was designed for fishermen like you who want to go anywhere, navigating deep and shallow waters where other hotel boats simply can’t go. This vessel has a draft of only 70cm (27.5″) and can navigate deep waters and very shallow waters as low as 90cm (35.5″). The name “Manaia” comes from the indigenous people of the Amazon, and it means “Guardian Angel”, a creature with a bird head, a human body and a fish tail. It is believed that Manaia protect us whether we are: land, water or skies.
AMAZON NOSTALGIA - VINTAGE BOAT FISHING
PACKAGE CODE: AM5MANA
PACKAGE CODE: AM5MANA
Typical Fishing Day Aboard Manaia Hotel Boat
5:30 am – Breakfast
6:30 am – Ready to go fishing
12:00 pm – Anglers will have a short ride back to the Hotel Boat for lunch OR can lunch in the jungle by the riverside. 1:30 pm – After lunch, fishing will resume until late afternoon when the guides will take anglers back to the hotel boat (around 5:30pm).
6:30 pm – Cocktails & Appetizers
7:30 pm – Dinner will be served in the dining room area.
THE AMAZON FISHING PROGRAM
THE AMAZON - HOME OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST FRESHWATER FISH
The main trophy species are the Peacock Bass, Piraíba, Redtail Catfish and Arowana, however other scale fish, such as Piranha and Pirarucu, inhabit these waters offering a variety of species for casting, including fly mode. Other giant fish available in these waters are the Pirarara, Flatwhiskered Catfish and Giant Trahira.
Anglers fish from 18 feet skiff boats with outboards (two anglers and one guide per boat). The skiffs have two platforms, one in the front and another one in the back, offering comfort and space for fly fishermen and baitcasting anglers. Anglers can choose fly fishing, casting or spinning, or other specific techniques for different species. The skiffs are also prepared for catfishermen. They have eight rod holders, rope and an anchor to stop in different catfish spots.
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SEASON: Our fishing season begins in July and runs until early February every year. The water levels in the rivers basin can change quickly and affect fishing conditions, regardless of season or historical patterns. Navigation may also be affected. Although we make every attempt to monitor such conditions, anglers assume the risk of those natural forces beyond our control. The Manaia Hotel Boat always look for tributaries and areas that offer low water and good conditions for targeting the Peacock Bass. The water level in the Amazon rivers basin can change quickly and affect fishing conditions , but we can move the boat and look for better areas, chasing the fish.
OPERATION & SITE SEASONS:
JULY TO AUGUST RIVERS & STREAMS: SUCUNDURI, ABACAXI and ARIPUANÃ (South of Manaus)
SEPTEMBER RIVERS & STREAMS: UATUMÃ / JATAPU (South of Manaus)
OCTOBER TO FEBRUARY RIVERS & STREAMS: RIO NEGRO river and its tributaries JUFARIS / AMAJAU / CAURÉS / BRANCO / JAUAPERI.
Day 1 (Thursday): International trip to Manaus, AM - Brazil.
Day 2 (Friday): Arrival in Manaus. Transfer to Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3 (Saturday): Private transfer in the morning with bilingual guide from Hotel to Port of Manaus - Manaia Hotel Boat. Welcome cocktails on board and start of the trip.
Days 4 to 7 (Sun-Wed): 4 Full-day fishing until 6:30pm.
Day 8 (Thursday): Fishing from 6:30am to 3:30 pm. Return to the hotel boat and travel back to Manaus.
Day 9 (Friday): Arrival in Manaus in the morning. Breakfast on board. Transfer to hotel. If it is not possible to check in immediately, luggage will be stored in the luggage storage of the hotel. Then we will start the private city tour with bilingual guide all day.
Day 10 (Saturday): Transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for the return flight.
End of our services.
Day 11 (Sunday): Arrival in your hometown and end of this unforgettable trip.
WEATHER: Temperatures usually range from 80-100F during the day, but typically it cools down to 70F degrees in the evening. Heavy tropical downpours (short duration) can occur even during the "dry season"; be sure to pack a rain suit.
LUGGAGE: Pack whatever you want!
THE MANAIA HOTEL BOAT
MANAIA HOTEL BOAT CAPACITY: 10 anglers per week.
4 suites (with bathroom and air conditioning).
2 Cabines (with air conditioning + common bathroom)
LAUNDRY and maid service free of charge.
TOP DECK for relaxing while having a drink and/or a cigar enjoying the magnificent view of the Amazon Rain Forest.
MEALS: A full breakfast is served before anglers head out fishing each day.
Lunch may be onboard or the angler may request a packed lunch to be enjoyed on the fishing boat.
Dinner is onboard with a huge variety of meat, fish, salad, pasta, rice and fruit being served each evening.
A shore meal (Brazilian BBQ) is also arranged (weather permitting).
MANAIA HOTEL BOAT SPECS:
72ft length with maximum of 70 cm draft
Width: 5 meters
Engine: Cumins 360hp and 2 Power Generators
Electronics: Sonar, GPS, Compass, Radio, Parabolic Antena and Led TV 32"
Infrastructure: Ice machine for drinks, 02 refrigerators, freezer, 1 industrial stove, Stereo, DVD, TV, Satellite dish, Water treatment plant, Satellite telephone (Charged separately) - Double deck with services including bar, outdoors shower and BBQ for fishermen to relax with a drink, and have fun with the good stories of the fishing day while contemplating the Amazonian landscapes.
All bedrooms/suites with air conditioner
All Fishing Boats with fishing guides, 2 swivel chairs and two throwing platforms, 25 or 30hp outboards, electric bow thrills, batteries, life vests + cooler with beverage and snacks.
MANAIA HOTEL BOAT CREW:
The Manaia Hotel Boat Captain & Commander ; 1 boat pilot; 5 fishing guides/fishing boat pilots; 2 cooks; 1 housekeeping lady; 1 barman
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PACKAGE CODE: AM5MANA
Group of 08 people: CAD$4,570 per person
Group of 06 people: CAD$5,680 per person
*Full price in Canadian dollars (CAD$)
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WHAT TO BRING?
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGES
- Two Pair of Polarized Sunglasses (in case you lose or break apair).
- Waterproof & Unscented Sunscreen SPF 50+ (UVA) (UVB)
- Buff Face Mask
- Spinning or baitcasting rods 6´ to7´
- Bait or spinning reels with minimum 50 lb braidedline
- Boxe of lures – propellers, poppers, jumping minnow, twitch baits, bucktails jigs, shallowdeep plugs,
- Fly tackle #8 to #10 with reels, floating or intermediate lines (bring extra lines), Fluorocarbon Tippet (spools of 60, 70 fluoro), Flies and Fly Box (at least 4 dozenflies)
- Long Sturdy Pliers
- Fishing Sun Protection Gloves
- Light Weight Gore‐Tex® Rain Jacket andPants
- 3 Long Sleeve Fishing Shirts
- 3 Pairs of Fast Drying Pants
- 2 Pairs of Fast Drying Shorts or Swimming Trunks
- Boat Sandals
- Waterproof Camera, Memory Cards, Batteries and Charger
- Smart Phone or Tablet with Charger
- Insect repellent with 30% + DEET and “anti‐itch”cream
- Lip Balm with sunscreen (highest SPF you can get)
- Dry Bag, Day Pack, boat bag or Fanny Pack (100%Waterproof)
- Waterproof Bags or Zip‐Loc Bags (to carry camera, other gear while in the boat)
- Passport with at least 6 months of validity
- Brazilian Tourist Visa
- 2 Copies of passport (***packed separately in zip‐lock bag***)
- Airline tickets and itinerary
- Cash (for tips & shopping) Suggested total tip amount for boat staff & guides: $500
- Credit Card (call your company and inform about your travel plans)
- Notebook and pen
- Emergency Telephone Numbers
- Toiletries (Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc)
- Aspirin and other over‐the‐counter medication like antacids, stool softner, etc
- Prescription Medications (packed in your carry‐on bag)
- Prescription Glasses
- Please also check information on Fishing Gear on this page
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AMAZON FISHING: ARAPAIMA
The giant Peacock Bass ranges in size from 2 to 30 pounds (In Portuguese: Tucunaré‐Açú, Paca or Paca‐Açú). This specie (Cichla Temensis) requires very good and strong tackle. We recommend bait casting reels number 200 and spinning reels 4000 or 5000 sizes. Strong braided line is very important. We recommend braided line from 50 to 65 lb test. The rods can measure from 6´ to 7´ long with minimum of 25 lb resistance. Snaps, knots, swiwels, splitrings and hooks must have minimum of 50 lb strength. 4 X hooks minimum recommended.
We suggest many types of lures – propellers, twitch baits, jumping minnows, shallow water dive plugs, bucktail jigs and more. If you are a fly fisherman, you can choose rods from #8 to #10 with floating lines or sinking tips line. The water of the river is warm. Fluor carbon 60 or 70 lb recommended. Poppers and streamers from 8 to 20 cm can be used depending on the size of the PB target.