Munupi Wilderness Lodge is also known as Clearwater Island Lodge

Munupi Guides

The Munupi Wilderness Lodge fishing guides give you the knowledge and experience of the Tiwi Island region that makes your holiday an unforgettable fishing adventure. It is experienced and dedicated guides that have so many people recommend and come back to visit us at Munupi Lodge. Be prepared for a fishing extravaganza!

Over 40 years of collective experience

Munupi guides are carefully selected for their range in and experiences and knowledge of the Tiwi Waterways in order to create a diverse range of fishing adventures. Munupi Guides are highly regarded professionals, well known in the industry, and are dedicated in giving you a memorable experience in the best fishing areas.

Importance of Guides

At Munupi Wilderness Lodge, we understand that the experience, skills, personality, willingness and determination of a guide can be the difference between a good fishing trip and a bad one. This is why we employ and train the Traditional Tiwi Islanders as they have proven to excel in being the best in their field with knowledge, determination and experience of their homeland. 

At Munupi Wilderness Lodge, we pride ourselves on our willingness to engage with our visitors and teach with patience, understanding and enthusiasm – which is not hard when you love fishing like we do. Munupi Guides offer a fishing experience that explores safety, technique, as well as a diverse range of fishing and cultural experiences. Learn how to fish on the various water systems, as well as hooking mud crabs from a hole or finding bush tucker as traditional Aboriginal Australians with our local guides.

You can be sure that with the help of our expert guides you will hook onto more fish than you can handle.

The Hosts


Michael was born and bred in the Northern Territory and has spent most of his life on the Tiwi Islands. His knowledge and passion for fishing are rarely matched. Michael is married, has three children who attended the local school, and is deeply involved in the community at a grass roots level. His personality is vibrant and colourful, possibly contagious. As Michael so aptly put it, “A guide can make or break a persons experience.”


Michael’s wife Kerri-Ann has been a part of the hospitality and service industry for many years. Her hospitality and friendliness are legendary, almost rivalling her much-publicised culinary skills. Michael, Kerri and David, through close association with the Tiwi People, have built up a comprehensive knowledge of the area and its peoples’ customs. Their vast knowledge of the area is impressive. Having spent half a lifetime on the islands, Michael and David are all too familiar with the estuaries and reefs and how to fish them; their fishing prowess is well known in the industry, to the extent that their advice is much sought-after by locals and visitors alike.

David Taat

Born in Broome, the son of a Malay pearl diver and his mother is also from the Tiwi Islands  , David has vast experience in the world of fishing. Working side by side with his father in the pearl-rich waters off the Kimberley Coast gave David his love for Australian waters and the abundance of life it holds.

Having spent most of his life on the Tiwi Islands, David knows the river and estuary systems better than just about anyone. With in-depth knowledge of fishing and the Tiwi waterways, David will ensure your day on the water is a fun and memorable one.

Clinton Rioli

Clinton is tiwi born and bred who is the son of Sibby Rioli, nephew of the late Maurice Rioli and brother of AFL Great Dean Rioli. Clinton has grown in skills and knowledge with his fishing expertise over the last 5 years and is highly sort after by our long term regular clients. Clinton has a fantastic sense of humour and exceptional fishing knowledge and skills he will keep you entertained whilst getting you onto that dream Barramundi, his knowledge of his homeland is second to none and well worth the experience of traditional hunting and cultural experiences he has to offer.

Glen Dunn

Glen is Tiwi born and bred and very proud of his heritage and culture his knowledge for his homeland, history and culture will have you wanting to hear more and more. You will learn the Tiwi language along with fantastic fishing whilst on your daily fishing adventures. Glen is highly sort after by father and son groups, family groups because of his determination, skills and knowledge to get you that ultimate fish whilst here. 

Shaun Stanislaus 

Also a Tiwi lad with great determination, skills and knowledge of his homeland. Shaun is the grandson of Stanley Stanislaus and is very proud of his culture and will show you skills that no mainland guide will, come and experience the tradition and culture of what these Tiwi Island Guides have to offer. 

Brett Simmons

Born and Bred in Townsville – Brett is the lodges Qualified Chef and expert guide he has been with the lodge now for over a year and his culinary and fishing skills are exceptional.