Fishing Charters on Leeward O‘ahu

While shoreline fishing is common from the cliffs and beaches in the region—papio, kumu, and moana being the sought-after take—fishing charters also run out of the area and take advantage of the frequently calm ocean conditions and the steep ledges offshore attracting pelagic fish. There is a 3,000-foot ledge just three miles from Wai‘anae Harbor and another 6,000-foot ledge just seven miles out. It’s also not uncommon to see people fishing from kayaks just offshore along the coast.

There is a 3,000-foot ledge just three miles from Wai‘anae Harbor and another 6,000-foot ledge just seven miles out.There are several deep-sea fishing charters that depart the Ko Olina Marina, all luxuriously equipped. Veteran or novice fishers are welcome. Check out the marina’s site for more information.

The Ko Olina Marina on Oahu's leeward coast.

Several deep-sea fishing charters depart from Ko Olina Marina. Photo © Jennifer Boyer, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

In the Wai‘anae Small Boat Harbor you’ll find Boom Boom Sportfishing (85-371 Farrington Hwy., Pier A, 808/306-4162). They offer private and shared charters for a maximum of six passengers with two departure times daily. Four-hour private charters are $595, six hours $695, 8-10 hours $875, and 12 hours $1,250. They offer shared charters starting at $150 for four hours and free round-trip transportation or a 10 percent discount for Ko Olina Resort guests.

Live Bait Sportfishing (808/696-1604) also operates out of the Wai‘anae Harbor from slip B-2 and provides all equipment and tackle. You are responsible for bringing food and drinks. They primarily fish for marlin, wahoo, tuna, and mahimahi, and give a meal-sized portion of the catch to passengers. They offer half-day trips for $550 and full-day trips for $750 with a four-passenger maximum.

For fishing gear and tackle retailers, check out Westside Tackle and Sports Shop (87-701 Manuaihue St., 808/696-7229) in Wai‘anae or Paradise Isle (84-1170 Farrington Hwy., #AE, 808/695-8866) in Makaha.


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.

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