Fun on Vacation: Kayak Fishing in Hawaii

Whether you live in Hawaii or are just visiting, kayak fishing is an experience that you should embrace. It’s a take on the ancient art: Man, a few tools and the bliss and wonder of the water, and nature through fishing. It can be experienced in solitude or in the camaraderie of a boisterous group or guided by one of the numerous tour groups.

This activity has been gaining popularity for both the novice, who wants to experience fishing, the warm endless ocean, and the experienced angler and kayaker, who want a challenge. The thrill of sport fishing, and beauty of Hawaii and the sheer variety of near shore game fish, make it enjoyable.

As a growing sport, Hawaii provides the optimum opportunity to explore. Gliding on the deep blue endless ocean paddling in rhythm, until the the fishing reel begins to scream and then you could be ready to catch any one of the sport fishes. From uku (grey snapper),  papio (bluefin trevally), ahi, mahi-mahi, and giant barracuda, each brings it’s own adventure.

Kayak fishing is one of those rare sports that is relatively easy to learn, and do. The techniques and equipment are simple and anyone can learn and find great joy in the activity. Simply, all you need are a boat, paddle, rod-n-reel, hook and bait and, of course safety equipment.

The advantage with kayak fishing is that is  offers an exhilarating alternative to regular fishing by putting you right into the action.

Places to kayak fish in Hawaii

The most famous beach in the world, Waikiki Beach, is near San Souci Beach and offers a wonderful opportunity for most tourists who visit the islands to experience kayak fishing with just a walk to the beach from your hotel.

For beginners, Na Pali coast is one of the safest and best. It is located on the north coast of the island of Kaua’i.

From one of the most populated island, O’ahu, you can paddle to the sea between O’ahu and the Mokulua Islands. They are a mile off the shore of Lanikai beach. Additionally, this area is known for its bird sanctuaries and offers an added vista of birds. The area is also a great spot for beginners, though in the winter months the surf can be a bit challenging.

La Perouse Bay on the island of Maui offers sweeping views of Haleakala and the mountain range which create the surf that the island is known for. Early morning trips provide glassier water and an easy paddle. Nearby ‘Ahihi-Kina’u Natural Area Reserve has rare plants found no where else in the world.

The north shore of  Moloka’i is enchanting, where you paddle beneath the highest sea cliffs in the world. You can explore sea caves and and sea stacks while finding excellent fishing grounds. For the expert, paddling from the island of Moloka’i, from Halawa bay to Papohaku beach offers a unique challenge in diversity of paddling and fishing.

These are just a few of the more well-known places. Take a trip back in time to the raw element of nature by going kayak fishing in Hawaii.

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