De­tour for Ke‘anae Penin­sula

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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

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