'Gone Fishing': Deep Sea Fishing in Hawaii


In our "Gone Fishing" series, we explore picturesque deep-sea-fishing sites across the globe with 100-foot+ deep waters that entice anglers with the promise of trophy catches like marlin, swordfish and tuna. Be sure to bring a sense of adventure, patience and strength to these incredible locations — and a little bit of luck never hurts.

Diamond Head crater

Fishing Facts


Mahimahi, swordfish, spearfish, sailfish, dolphinfish, wahoo (known locally as ono), bigeye and yellowfin tuna (ahi), skipjack tuna (aku) and marlin


Year-round, though some months are better for certain species. Dolphinfish are most abundant from March through May. June, July and August are best for catching yellowfin tuna. Visit between September and November for marlin.

Lush scenery, a tropical climate and an unhurried ambience make Hawaii one of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations. This stunning archipelago is comprised of eight small islands—six of which are inhabited—which makes for ideal fishing conditions. The Kona Coast of Hawaii Island, in particular, offers outstanding big-game fishing. Each summer, this region hosts the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, considered one of the world’s premier fishing events.

“The ecology of [Hawaii] provides calm water for fishing along the coastlines of the islands,” says Frank Hernandez, chef concierge at Halekulani in Waikiki. The Hawaii Marlin Tournament Series draws serious anglers from June through September, but the consistent climate makes recreational fishing a year-round pursuit. “Fishing in Hawaii knows no season. There’s always something to catch,” says Hernandez.

Where to Stay


Oceanfront 453-room hotel set in a quiet five-acre enclave on Waikiki Beach.


Kohala Coast
Dramatic resort-estate in a beachfront setting on the Kohala Coast.


Appealing 251-room property in a glorious setting on a promontory overlooking Hanalei Bay.

This piece originally appear in the April/May/June 2015 Traveler magazine. Click here to access the full issue.

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By Hideaway Report Staff

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