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Kauai Deep Sea Fishing

There really are so many reasons to love Kauai, and a vacation to the island never disappoints. It’s incredibly common to encounter repeat visitors to the island, returning to get away from it all and enjoy some time in paradise. Kauai is amazing for so many reasons, and one of those reasons is the deep-sea fishing that the island has sort of become known for. There are many great spots to drop a line all around the island, and as an added bonus, you get panoramic views of the island’s coastline when you’re departing.

Most of Kauai’s deep sea fishing charters depart from either Nawiliwili Harbor in Lihue or Port Allen Harbor near Poipu. The rapidly changing topography of the ocean floor creates the perfect environment for fishing, with dramatic drop offs providing plenty of room for big fish to swim and feed. Within 3 miles of the shore, the ocean floor drops more than 6,000 feet, meaning it will not take very long to get to an ideal fishing spot.

Depending on the day, the possibility for catching a fish is quite high. Battles with the biggest fish can last for hours, testing your strength, endurance, and patience. The waters surrounding Kauai are healthy, providing reliable food sources for fish of all sizes, and with the sustainable fishing methods practiced by charters around the island, fishing in Kauai will remain at a premium for many generations. Fish that you will be in search of include:

  • Billfish (Blue, Black, Striped, Short-nosed Spearfish, Sailfish, and Swordfish)
  • Tuna species, including Yellow fin, Bigeye, Skipjack, Wavy back, and Albacore
  • Mahi mahi,
  • Ono

Fishing has always been an important part of life in Hawaii, and it is no different today. Local fishing charters bring in fish that feeds the islands, providing restaurants and markets with the food they need to provide to their customers. Though the practices and technologies are way different today, it remains a vital component to life in Hawaii; and it just so happens to be a ton of fun. You’ll love a day at sea on your Kauai deep-sea fishing adventure, and will need to be ready for the battle to bring your catch on board!

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