Detour for Ke‘anae Peninsula
Located in South Maui, SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS provides fully equipped kayak RENTALS AND TOURS that explore stunning coastlines, colorful coral reefs and secluded beaches that green sea turtles, dolphins and majestic humpback whales (when in season) all call their natural environment. Other providers include MAUI KAYAKS (mauikayaks.com) and ALOHA KAYAKS MAUI (alohakayaksmaui.com).
SOUTH PACIFIC KAYAKS AND OUTFITTERS (808) 875-4848 OR (800) 776-2326
40. TRY DEEPSEA FISHING
Hawai‘i’s corner of the vast Pacific Ocean is a hands-down winner when it comes to CATCHING TROPHY FISH like PACIFIC BLUE OR STRIPED MARLIN. No matter what you snag on a trip out to sea with a charter fishing company, expect to learn plenty about Hawaiian-style fishing. Jim Rizzuto, author of Modern , puts it Hawaiian Gamefishing this way: “The more you know about big-game fishing in the rest of the world, the more you will be surprised by the methods Hawai‘i’s anglers use to establish more billfish and tuna records than any other band of fishermen in any other marine locale.”
CHARTER FISHING BOATS set out from Lahaina, Ma‘alaea Harbor and Mala Wharf daily in pursuit of (dolphin fish), mahimahi ono (wahoo), (yellowfin tuna), ‘ahi
(jack crevalle), ulua kawa kawa (bonito) and the sport fisher’s dream: Pacific blue marlin. (Many companies participate in TAG
AND-RELEASE programs for marlin.) Many sport-fishing boats troll for fish. In other words, they drag a food-chain array of lures or live bait behind the boat. When a fish takes a nibble, everyone springs into action. The crew gets the angler set up, the extra lines are reeled in to get them out of the way, and everyone waits to see what is at the end.
Some companies offer SHALLOW-WATER BOTTOM FISHING, which is done by drifting in 60to 180-foot depths with either spinning or small open-face reels. The catch is usually smaller varieties of reef fish—unless, of course, you get lucky.
Although fish can be caught between the islands, many captains prefer to work the deep shelves located beyond LANA‘I and KAHO‘OLAWE. If a captain has a charter with experienced rough-water boaters, he may elect to fish the waters on the northern and eastern coast of Maui or off MOLOKA‘I.
Typically, boats are chartered on a private or share basis. Most companies require at least four people to share a trip. Charters can be arranged for BOTTOM FISHING and LIGHT-LINE TACKLE FISHING. START ME UP SPORT FISHING (808) 667-2774 STRIKE ZONE (808) 879-4485
41. RIDE THE SWELLS ON AN OCEAN RAFT
Climb aboard one of Maui’s ocean rafts for a thrilling cruise above the whitewater and a different take on the ocean-voyaging experience.
RAFTING is an adventure at sea, one where you’re sure to get