Fishing Charters - Explore Kauai Sportfishing
We recommend making reservations at least a month in advance.
Share Charters (priced per person)
4 Hours $130pp ... 6 Hours $179pp
Private Charters (cost for the entire boat up to six passengers)
4 Hours $600 ... 6 Hours $800 ... 8 hours $1000
the local crew that brought you the Na Pali Explorer rafting tours
comes Explore Kauai Sportfishing. Their 41' Concorde Sportfisher is
a dream come true for any skilled crew, and she's got all the
trimming for your 4, 6, or 8 hour custom charter. It's a guaranteed
good time and offers a great chance to get out on the water and get
a shot at Kauai's abundant game fishing.
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.
fishing license is required. They provide all
tackle, as well as ice and a cooler. All you need is to bring
your own food and beverages for the day.
boat's name is "Happy Times." She has a forward stateroom
with bunks, a marine head, and a spacious galley area. She is
equipped with top-of-the-line rods and reels.
Times" departs from the Port Allen Harbor on Kauai's south
shore. Departure times vary but typically are early morning.
charters in Hawaii traditionally keep the fish that are caught
as a part of the crew compensation, however if you are staying
in a condo with cooking facilities they will cut up fish for
you to enjoy. Minimum age is 6; no pregnant women and no one with neck of back injuries.
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The Fishing Charters are not
recommended for cruise ship passengers. The departure is too early
for day one in Kauai, and day two
the return time is too late. We recommend sportfishing in Kona instead as mid morning departures are available there and only a short cab ride is required. .
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." In 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 a
certain percentage. 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
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 4. If you are a party of three 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 date meeting the tour minimum of 4 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.