HOW FAR ARE YOU WILLING TO GO?
YOU WILL BE FISHING DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST.
Once in a lifetime fishing experience.
DEEP IN THE HEART OF THE AMAZON RAINFOREST – BARCELOS REGION
Kalua I boat hotel is based in the city of Barcelos. Barcelos is a municipality located in the Brazilian State of Amazonas. Its population is over 33 thousand and its area is 122,476 square kilometers, making it the second largest municipality in Brazil, behind Altamira in the Pará state.
It´s equivalent in size to New York state, U.S.A. and slightly larger than North Korea.
The anglers will be fishing in the biggest freshwater archipelago in the world called Mariuá – located in the Negro River, between Barcelos and Santa Isabel. It was discovered by NASA in the 90s and has more than 140km of extension, it’s 20km wide and has more than 1,200 islands with several lakes and beaches.
The area also offers lots of tributaries, and they are excellent for fishing. Some of the tributaries (streams) in this area are: Caurés, Cuiuni, Aracá, Demeni, Itu, Arirarrá, Jufaris, Jurubaxi, Preto, Padauiri, Atauí, Paranã da Floresta, among others.
FISHING IN THE HEART OF THE AMAZON RAIN FOREST
PACKAGE CODE: AM1KAL1
PACKAGE CODE: AM1KAL1
Typical Fishing Day
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 – Buffet 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.
For more details and pictures of the fish available in this region, please click on the following button.
SEASON: Our fishing season begins in August and runs until early March every year. The water levels in the Rio Negro 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 Kalua 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 Negro basin can change quickly and affect fishing conditions , but we can move the boat and look for better areas, chasing the fish.
Day 1 (Thursay): International trip to Manaus, AM - Brazil.
Day 2 (Friday): Arrival in Manaus. Transfer to Hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 3 (Saturday): Early morning charter flight to Barcelos (1-hour flight); upon arrival, transfer to Kalua Hotel Boat for immediate departure. After lunch on the boat, half day fishing until 5:30pm.
Days 4 to 8 (Sun-Thu): Full-day fishing until 5:30pm.
Day 9 (Friday): Fishing from 6:30am to 3:30 pm. Return to the hotel in the city of Barcelos. Late afternoon and evening are free.
Day 10 (Saturday): Transfer to Barcelos Regional Airport around 7:30am (after breakfast) for charter flight back to Manaus.
Arrival in Manaus around 11:00am and transfer to the International Airport or to the hotel, depending on the time of your return flight.
Day 11 (Sunday): Transfer to the International Airport of Manaus.
End of our services.
Day 12 (Monday): Arrival in your hometown and end of this incredible fishing 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: We ask you special attention for this: The charter flight to Barcelos city has a volume luggage limitation.
The total weight per passenger is one 15kg suitcase (check in luggage) + 0ne 3kg bag (carry on baggage).
We can provide extra space for rod, line, reels and spinning reels under request.
THE KALUA 1 HOTEL BOAT
KALUA 1 BOAT CAPACITY: 12 anglers per week.
8 suites (bathroom and air conditioning).
LAUNDRY and maid service free of charge.
LARGE CLIMATIZED LOUNGE AREA with a bar, sound equipment, guitar and TV (satellite signal).
CLIMATIZED DINING ROOM AND 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).
KALUA SUPPORT BOAT & JON BOATS:
In every trip Kalua Hotel Boat is escorted by its 2-deck support boat "Tempestade" which offers lodge for its large crew, including a captain, a mechanic, a coordinator and 8 fishing guides; it also carries all the supplies, provisions and fuel storage. Also in every trip, the Kalua Hotel Boat is accompanied by its nine JON BOATS with 25hp outboard and trolling motor.
KALUA BOAT HOTEL SPECS:
85ft length with maximum 1.20m draft
Scania Motor 420hp V8 Powerplant
2 Power Generators
Fully air conditioned throughout
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PACKAGE CODE: AM1KAL1
* Price per person in a group of 12 anglers (minimum)
CAD$6,530 per person in a group of 10 anglers (minimum)
*Full price in Canadian dollars (CAD$)
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WHAT TO BRING?
There is an on board daily laundry service, so please bring few clothing items. Allowed weight per passenger on the Manaus – Barcelos charter flight should not exceed 15 kgs (33 lbs) plus a 3 kgs (6.5 lbs) carry on luggage.
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
FISHING WITH THE KALUA CREW (Video by a customer)
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.
> HIGH WATER POLICY
Fishing in the Amazon jungle represents one of the last frontiers in the fishing world. As in any such hyper‐ remote destinations, there can be challenges associated with offering a first‐class experience in the ‘ back of beyond’ . In the Amazon, water level conditions will, ocasionally, present such challenges. The Negro River annual water level cycles are not a simple equation, even for the most experienced local experts. Normally, high and low water levels here follow a fairly predictable monthly cycle, but climate changes and the effects of stronger or weaker El Niño and La Niña cycles can directly and immediately affect those levels.
These specifically El Niño and La Niña events tend to impact the amount of rain in the headwaters of Negro River, which in turn affects the entire Amazon basin. Water levels are important when fishing for Peacock Bass, and understanding how to work around them is a key component to success. Low water does not always result in best fishing, just as high water is not always the worst thing. More important is to understand where and how to fish as the water fluctuates. Though the Peacock Bass season has been chosen to coincide with the best water conditions annually, it’ s difficult to predict water levels, and this is one of the risks associated with fishing the Amazon.
In the event that the water is too high to fish on any given week, we will re‐schedule your week to a later time, but will not refund your trip payment.
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