big island fishing

Finding the Fish Native to Hawaii

Hawaiian waters are known for their warm temperatures, clear beauty, and great waves. Further beneath the surface there are a number of fish that are vital to the health of the ocean, ranging in size from teeny tiny to some of the biggest fish in the ocean. These native fish are common throughout the islands, and if you are in the right place, you can see them during your trip to Hawaii.

Most of the fish that you will see are found on the reefs that surround the islands, whether you enter the water from a boat or wade in from a snorkeling site like Hanauma Bay. Their beauty and grace are captivating and no matter how many times you see them, it is always an incredible site. Just the site of a tropical fish is a thrill and when you are snorkeling, be sure to keep an eye out for the variety of reef dwellers that are found in Hawaii:

  • Potter’s Angelfish
  • Masked Angelfish
  • Bandit Angelfish
  • Hawaiian Bigeye
  • Parrotfish
  • Butterfly Fish
  • Hawaiian Chub
  • Triggerfish, including the state fish Humuhumunukunukuapua’a

Of course, the biggest fish in the ocean are found in the deeper waters, with a large area for feeding and growing. Though the exact number of fish that live in Hawaiian waters are not know, there are a number of big game species that have become a source of sustainable fishing over the course of Hawaiian history, and during a deep sea fishing adventure, seeing and catching these enormous fish is a big deal.

Local Fishing Charters know exactly where to the most sought after fish and a day spent with local experts is a day well spent, gaining valuable knowledge and even a little help if you are fortunate enough to hook one. The most popular big game fish in Hawaii include:

  • Blue, Black, and Stripped Marlin
  • Ahi (Yellowfin Tuna)
  • Ono (Wahoo)
  • MahiMahi
  • Skipjack Tuna

You’re sure to spend plenty of time in the ocean during your visit so be on the lookout for these incredible species of fish. No matter the size, you’re going to enjoy seeing these native fish and are sure to have the time of your life on a snorkeling adventure or a deep sea fishing charter.

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