The Best Places to Go Fishing in Hawaii

G Wong


The Hawaiian Islands are famous for their watersports and activities. Every year, fisherman from across the globe flock to Hawai’i to attempt to experience the once-in-a-lifetime catch. Hawai’i has some of the best fishing in the world and exploring what it has to offer will mean you’ll have exciting adventures. Make sure you check the weather conditions and ask locals and boat captains for advice on the best times to go fishing. Good luck and tight lines! Here are our top 10 places to fish in the islands.


Ahi: Yellowfin Tuna © Taro Taylor/ Flickr
Kailua-Kona is amazing for big game fishing during the summer months. Huge ahi (tuna), marlin, and the occasional mahimahi (dolphin fish) come within 15 miles to the coast, making for great offshore fishing! Although summer is great for fishing, you always have a shot of landing a grander (1000lb+) fish, year round in Kona.

1. Hilo


Hilo Harbor © Jeff/ Flickr
On the east side of the big island of Hawai’i near Pohoiki, tuna are close to shore all year round, making this a popular destination for ahi fishing.
13-101 Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd, Pāhoa, HI 96778, + 808 961 8311

3. O’ahu

North shore Oʻahu © GE Keoni
Oʻahu is one of the only places in the world where you can fish for the infamous peacock bass.

4. Hale’iwa

Big game fishing © Kevin Tinneny
Heading over to the northshore of O’ahu out of Haleʻiwa Harbor you will find offshore anglers from all over the world hoping to land an ahi (yellowfin tuna), along with blue marlin, year round mahi-mahi 9dolphinfish) and ono (wahoo).

66-105 Haleiwa Rd, Haleiwa, HI 96712, +808 637-8246

5. Wai’anae

Ka’ena Point, Waianae O’ahu © GE Keoni
Kaʻena Point on the west side of O’ahu allows for year round ahi fishing and different pelagic fish. A tip from the locals: if you follow the porpoise schools, you have a greater chance of landing yourself a trophy ahi.

6. Penguin Banks

Hawai’i Kai Harbor, Maunalua Bay O’ahu © GE Keoni
About 15 miles out of Hawaii Kai boat harbor on O’ahu you can find Penguin Banks, which is considered one of the richest fishing grounds in all Hawai’i. Great bottom fishing, as well as trolling for pelagic fish. This spot can be dangerous if the weather is not ideal, so be sure to check your local conditions before heading out.

7. Nawiliwili Harbor

Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauaʻi © Prayitno /Flickr
On the southeast coast of Kauai’i is Nawiliwili small boat harbor. Deep water is very close to te shore just outside of the harbor, making for great fishing and beautiful views.

8. Anahola Beach

Anahola Beach © Bluewaikiki /Flickr
Anahola beach has perfect fishing for those younger fishermen learning the ropes. It offers safe shore fishing, protected from large surf because of the reefs. It has an abundance of reef fish, and is fun fishing for everyone, whether beginner or more experienced.

Anahola, HI 96703, +800 652-8248

9. Makena Landing


Makena Beach © dronepicr /Flickr
On the south shore of Maui is Makena landing park, which is great for fishing from a kayak, shore, or small boat. It is home to many popular reef fish.

Makena Rd, Kihei, HI 96753, +808 879-4364

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