Kona is known as one of the best fishing destinations in the world!
Thanks to its deep waters right outside the mouth of Honokohau Harbor and the looming volcanoes that block the winds, Kona is regarded as the big-game fishing capital of the world. Its history backs up the claim, as many International Game Fish Association records have been set in Kona. Here, it’s even possible to hook a “grander” (a Pacific blue marlin that weighs at least a thousand pounds).
There are about a hundred charter boats that operate out of Honokohau Harbor, which means you have a wide range of choices in terms of prices, lengths and departure times. Most charters offer half- and full-day adventures that can last anywhere from four to eight hours. Charter boats range in size from 25 to 58 feet.
Walk-up bookings are usually available, but advanced reservations are recommended. If you’re serious about catching fish, you should book a six- or eight-hour excursion. This will give the boat time to reach the major fishing grounds and spend time there.
Each year, Kona hosts the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, known as the “grandfather” of big-game fishing tournaments. The event draws avid fishing enthusiasts from all around the world, including countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Finland, Germany, Canada, France, the Philippines, and the mainland U.S.