PAGE 120 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE Coastal Discovery Tour with BBQ Daily Reef Fishing Charters December - May Come and experience the beautiful Sapphire Coast with us! Book your Fishing Charter or Discovery Cruise TODAY! BEMM RIVER GIPSY POINT MALLACOOTA EDEN PAMBULA MERIMBULA TATHRA BEGA BERMAGUI Summer wonderland Summer brings beach weather, so why not enjoy it by Merimbula’s sparkling waters? With stunning waterways and beautiful forests, Merimbula is famous for its idyllic holiday weather and pristine beaches and boasts a great variety of accommodation options. Some of Australia’s most significant national parks are nearby offering a range of nature experiences that draw visitors from all over the world. When the surf’s up in Merimbula, the boards and the bodies are a sparkling blend of bronze and white water, while the seemingly endless beaches provide the perfect getaway on golden sands. And if you’re up for it, try standup paddle boarding in the protected lake waters, a local favourite. Boat hire, ramps and other fishing facilities mean that the visiting angler is well catered for. Deep-sea fishing can even be done from the Merimbula Wharf without the need for a boat. Shopping is a tourist’s delight in Merimbula. Unique crafts and souvenirs can be purchased from the many specialty shops, and there is a good variety of food and fashion outlets. As a popular fishing location, seafood is of course high on the menu in the local eateries, but a range of other cuisine is available to suit all tastes. JUMP ABOARD TO EXPLORE THE WATERS A visit to Merimbula is not complete without seeing the Sapphire Coast’s spectacular coastline from the ocean and seeing sea and birdlife at their best. And the perfect way to do both is to get aboard a cruise from Merimbula Marina. The family owned business, with a team that works hard to ensure that your time with them is a pleasant one, provides fantastic opportunities for reef or game fishing, dolphin spotting and scenic trips. One touring opportunity is Merimbula Marina’s Coastal Discovery Tour, which operates from December through to May. Complete with a barbecue lunch this two-hour cruise is ideal for everyone. Cruise along as you take in the spectacular scenery of the Sapphire Coast and with passenger numbers limited to 50 people you’re sure to have plenty of room to take it all in. Travel past brilliant red and yellow sandstone cliffs, yellow beaches and spectacular coastline. Many sea creatures are seen on cruises of the lake and into the open ocean beyond, including common and bottlenose dolphins, Australian fur seals, penguins, flying fish, sunfish, turtles and many species of sea birds. The beautiful Sapphire Coast has some of the best inshore and off-shore fishing with marlin, yellow fin tuna, blue fin tuna, kingfish and snapper all caught in these pristine waters. If you’re really passionate about fishing and keen for some sport fishing action, gather a group of mates and book a private charter with Merimbula Marina. Merimbula’s idyllic weather, stunning waterways and pristine beaches make it a popular holiday destination year round.