Reel Intense Sportfishing

Reel Intense Sportfishing convenient to Waikiki hotels

Reel Intense Sportfishing jumping mahimahi

Mahai Mahi put up a good fight and tastes great!

Reel Intense Sportfishing posing with kajiki

Or hire the entire boat as an exclusive private charter

Reel Intense Sportfishing posing with catch of the day

Half day and full day shared charters available

Reel Intense Sportfishing fighing with kajiki

This is the big one that DIDN'T get away!

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The “Reel Intense” is a 48′ Egg Harbor Sportfisher … she is smooth and powerful in rough water, powered by twin diesel engines producing 1060HP. “Reel Intense” is set up for hardcore fishing while offering creature comforts like an air conditioned cabin and two marine heads.

On Oahu fishing charters, you can either book a private charter (maximum group size is 6) where you pay one price to rent the entire boat and crew, or you can book individual seats on a “share charter” and the boat will sell additional space to others. Either way it’s a guaranteed good time and offers a great chance to get out on the water and get a shot at Hawaii’s abundant game fishing.

While most fishing charters in Hawaii keep the catch as part of the crew compensation, Reel Intense Sportfishing is more concerned about the experiences of their paying guests … they will ensure that you go home with a large portion of your catch … as long as you promise to put the fish to good use and do not let it go to waste.

General Information
Schedule: Daily. Morning departure is typically at 6am. Half day private charters are available from noon-1pm departure.

Check In: “Reel Intense” departs from Kewalo Basin, which is conveniently located midway between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu harbor.

GPS: 1125 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814 ‎Click to view map

Tour includes: Fishing gear, bait, ice and cooler.

Restrictions: Bananas are not permitted due to bad luck.

What to Bring & Wear: Bring your own food and beverages for the day. Wear fishing attire and hat, bring sunscreen and sunglasses.

Note: No fishing license is required.

Vessel: 48′ Egg Harbor Sportfisher

Capacity: 6

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours before the start of the event.

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Full day and share fishing charters on Oahu do not work for cruise ship itineraries due to their early start time, unless you are on Pride of America and you are spending a few days in Oahu before or after your cruise. It is possible however to do a half day private afternoon charter … a short cab ride would be required from Honolulu Harbor to the Kewalo Basin. We recommend Sportfishing in Kona instead as mid morning departures are available there and only a short cab ride is required.

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

Reel Intense leaves from Kewalo Basin boat harbor, which is conveniently located between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Parking for the day is available for $5. Kewalo Basin is right across Ala Moana Boulevard from a shopping center called “Ward Warehouse” which is just a few blocks west of the “Ward Center” which is just a few blocks west of Ala Moana Shopping Center, and it’s IMPOSSIBLE to miss the USA’s largest shopping mall!

The most common question we are asked is “What type of fish are in season during the week I’m in Hawaii?” Most of Hawaii’s game fish are here all year. It is very common to catch Ono, Maha Mahi, Ahi, and Marlin all year round.

Please be aware that bananas are strictly forbidden on fishing boats. Everything about a banana is slippery … everybody’s heard the expression “One foot over the edge and the other on a banana peel.” Over time, bananas became known as a symbol of bad luck that would even affect your ability to catch fish.

The other thing you shouldn’t bring on board … glass bottles. All beverages should be in cans for safety of everyone on board.

Occasionally we have clients ask, “What are the chances that I will catch fish?” Of course that’s impossible to answer with certainty. Many factors come into play that make some days excellent and other days average … surface conditions, tides, schooling patterns. There’s also the human element. How lucky are you??? How’s your karma??? Have you been nice to people lately? It’s rare, but occasionally a boat gets skunked … there are no guarantees. Just remember … the sport is called “fishing” and not “catching.” But the crew of your boat will try their very hardest … they are professionals who know what they are doing. When you go to a restaurant in Hawaii and see a wide variety of fresh fish on the menu, just remember that SOMEONE caught those fish … might as well get out there and let it be YOU!

A note about share charters … this is an affordable way for one or two people to go fishing as the boat sells additional space to other people (who are likely to become great friends by the end of the trip). The maximum number of guests on a share charter is 6, and the minimum is 3. If you are a party of two or less and you book a share charter, please be aware that there is a small chance your trip date could get rescheduled if the minimum number of four is not met. By booking in advance you greatly increase the chance of your tour meeting the minimum of 3 and your trip being a “go.” Most of our clients reserve a month or more in advance, and we have a 95% success rate of having the tour minimums met when you order in advance. If fishing is an IMPORTANT thing you are counting on doing in Hawaii, we recommend that you build an empty day into your vacation calendar for later in the week in case your charter needs to be rescheduled.  Or … you could always pay for the extra seats to meet the tour minimum and end up with a sweet deal on a private charter.