Kauai Fishing Charters

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Top Kauai Destinations

Kauai: 5 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.5 / 5
(167 reviews)
Lihue
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $550
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(3 reviews)
Lihue
 Instant Confirmation
trips from US $749
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
Lihue
trips from US $1,150
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(100 reviews)
Eleele
trips from US $233
Excellent
4.4 / 5
(19 reviews)
Princeville
trips from US $200

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Kauai

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Kauai are: Full list of top fishing charters in Kauai

The average price for a private 4 hour Kauai fishing trip is US $669, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,343 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Kauai that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in Kauai are:

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The top 3 types of fishing in Kauai are:

Many fishing charters in Kauai provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in Kauai are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Kauai are:
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $200
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $582
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $927
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,593
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $2,286

Fishing in Kauai

Out of all Hawaii’s islands, Kauai is the most fascinating. Lush forests, sandy white beaches, dramatic mountains, tropical climate, and vibrant wildlife – the "Garden Isle" has it all. Fishing, however, is what truly captivates the hearts of all passionate anglers. And Kauai fishing charters will make sure you experience the full potential of both freshwater and saltwater opportunities.

Fishing in Kauai is a year-round adventure. Inland fisheries will treat you with the picture-perfect Peacock Bass. Inshore fishing will reward you with peculiar species like Needlefish, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, and Triggerfish. Meanwhile, a group of species known as the "Deep 7" will spice up your reef fishing trip. Finally, ocean monsters like Billfish and Tuna will make your day offshore.

Depending on whether you'll be exploring the reservoirs or heading offshore, you'll need different trips, fishing techniques, and equipment. If you're going after Bass, a 4 hour trip is perfect. If you'd rather test your skills against Billfish, we recommend a full day voyage. The easiest way to ensure you're on the right track is to hire a local guide to show you around.

You can find top-notch Kauai fishing charters anywhere from Princeville to Waimea. However, some corners are more famous for their angling offer than others. Lihue is known for its Nawiliwili Harbor and bluewater fishing, while Wailua is home to the magnificent Wailua Reservoir and inland opportunities. Long story short, there's something for everyone!


Rules & Regulations
The good news is that you don't need a marine recreational fishing license to cast your line in the deep blue. However, if you plan to explore the inland waters you have to purchase a freshwater fishing license. There are also bag and size restrictions, so make sure you're on top of the regulations before hitting Kauai’s fisheries.
 

Kauai Fishing Seasons

January

The Billfish action may be slow in January, but Bigeye Tuna are around in force. The winter is also a great time to hit the deep-water reefs in search of Snapper, Grouper, and Jobfish. 

February

Waimea Town Celebration is the oldest festival on the island, bringing together locals and tourists to enjoy a day of music and dancing. Check it out then head offshore in search of tasty Ahi.

March

Striped Marlin attack baits by the dozen in March, joined by Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Bigeye Tuna, and Shortbill Spearfish. You can also enjoy the best Trout fishing Kauai sees all year long.

April

April is usually your last chance to bag the “Deep 7” before their summer closure. Heading offshore bags you even bigger hauls, with Bigeye Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi crowding the FADs.

May

Blue Marlin finally show up offshore, kicking off a summer of huge hits and heavy tackle hookups. There are still plenty of Striped Marlin and Spearfish, bring a Billfish Slam within reach!

June

Kauai may not have the packed tournament season you’ll find on Big Island or Oahu, but that just means more open water for you to enjoy! Target monster Blue Marlin in the summer sun.

July

The Koloa Plantation Days Celebration brings Old Koloa Town alive with people, music, dancing, and delicious food in a celebration of the town’s multicultural heritage each July.

August

Both Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna are around in droves throughout August. They make for some delicious poke, or the perfect bait for monster Blue Marlin. Some things taste good to everyone.

September

The Kauai Mokihana Festival kicks off in September with hula competitions, live music, cultural events, and more. Trevally are at their best in September, making for huge inshore hookups.

October

Dancers travel from across the globe for the three-day Eo E Emalani I Alakai Festival. This event takes place every October in the stunning Kokee State Park and is well worth a visit.

November

Forget turkey, you could be feasting on Bigeye Tuna, Hawaiian Grouper, Pink Snapper, and more. Head out in search of some huge fish and enjoy the freshest Thanksgiving dinner ever.

December

With overnight temperatures barely dropping below 70, Kauai is the perfect place to escape the cold and enjoy Christmas on the beach. Sun, sand, and sea sure top our list for Santa this year.

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What anglers said about fishing in Kauai

This was our first time in December as well. Reach out to your captain prior to departure to see what the swell and Temps might be so you know what to wear. Shorts were appropriate. Wear flip flops so you can easily remove prior to entering the cabin.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
This was our first time in December as well. Reach out to your captain prior to departure to see what the swell and Temps might be so you know what to wear. Shorts were appropriate. Wear flip flops so you can easily remove prior to entering the cabin.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
We had a great day and caught a bunch of fish. Please note that we have had trips without catching anything, it is that way sometimes. You will enjoy this crew and this boat regardless
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We had a great day and caught a bunch of fish. Please note that we have had trips without catching anything, it is that way sometimes. You will enjoy this crew and this boat regardless
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
The experience of being on the ocean was worth the price of admission. It’s fishing, not catching, so don’t expect nonstop action. The captain put us on some small yellowfin at the start, so we all had fish to eat. We boated a 20 pound yellowfin and lost a nice mahi-mahi right at the boat. I did a trip at the Big Island a few years ago and had a similar experience in terms of fish at the boat. Ocean was bumpy but probably normal. Not an issue for me.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The experience of being on the ocean was worth the price of admission. It’s fishing, not catching, so don’t expect nonstop action. The captain put us on some small yellowfin at the start, so we all had fish to eat. We boated a 20 pound yellowfin and lost a nice mahi-mahi right at the boat. I did a trip at the Big Island a few years ago and had a similar experience in terms of fish at the boat. Ocean was bumpy but probably normal. Not an issue for me.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Try and time your trip with good weather (low winds and swells). We had great weather and it added to our experience.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Try and time your trip with good weather (low winds and swells). We had great weather and it added to our experience.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
As would all fishing trips, you never know what you might catch, or not catch, keep that in mind first.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
As would all fishing trips, you never know what you might catch, or not catch, keep that in mind first.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
There is a great bite but small fish. Where there’s small fish there’s big fish tho! Capt said fishing is very hit or miss right now, so you catch what you can and hope for the big one! Coming back for my 100 lb’er
Excellent
5.0 / 5
There is a great bite but small fish. Where there’s small fish there’s big fish tho! Capt said fishing is very hit or miss right now, so you catch what you can and hope for the big one! Coming back for my 100 lb’er
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Not sure what the seas are like year round but the sea was rough today and the fish were biting
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not sure what the seas are like year round but the sea was rough today and the fish were biting
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing Honolulu, Hawaii
I would recommend sun glasses we forgot ours. And a cooler with ice to bring any meat back home. Unless you never get motion sickness the 4 hour trip is perfect. Other wise takes 8 hour trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend sun glasses we forgot ours. And a cooler with ice to bring any meat back home. Unless you never get motion sickness the 4 hour trip is perfect. Other wise takes 8 hour trip.
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
Apex Kauai Luxury Sport Fishing Charters–A/C
I did not have any set expectations as this was my first trip to Lihue - was satisfied with the results
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I did not have any set expectations as this was my first trip to Lihue - was satisfied with the results
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC Akeley, MN
Days can be cool to start and hot at the end, bring a jacket and sunscreen at the same time. Drink lots of water!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Days can be cool to start and hot at the end, bring a jacket and sunscreen at the same time. Drink lots of water!
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing Aurora, CO
I came in late November, so fishing was slowing down. I expected that, but it was actually a great day to go fishing and we caught Mahi-Mahi and Tuna. Great place to go and not crowded.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I came in late November, so fishing was slowing down. I expected that, but it was actually a great day to go fishing and we caught Mahi-Mahi and Tuna. Great place to go and not crowded.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing Mount Selman, TX
If the idea is to catch fish, there are definitely fish out there. The family that was out there on Captain Harry's boat before us caught four nice size tunas, we caught one. For us on our trip, the weather was great, the waves were not too high, no one got sea sick, and it was a great way to spend four hours.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If the idea is to catch fish, there are definitely fish out there. The family that was out there on Captain Harry's boat before us caught four nice size tunas, we caught one. For us on our trip, the weather was great, the waves were not too high, no one got sea sick, and it was a great way to spend four hours.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC Pleasanton, CA

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Kauai?

Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
The captain and crew were great. Organized, responded to questions in a respectful and timely manner. The captain and crew were very friendly and made every effort to make the trip fun and memorable. Lots of humor and information about the local culture. I would definitely recommend these guys to anyone. As an added bonus we caught fish. Great experience. Thank you captain Sean and crew.
Cliff  B.
Cliff B.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
What an Awesome Experience! This, by far, was my best fishing day ever! Hats off to the entire crew for making this trip spectacular! Captain Rob got us out to a great spot and Josh and Sean took care of us manning the poles and providing top notch service! We landed 7 Yellowfin Tuna and capped off the day bringing in a 107 Lb Blue Marlin! This crew made it happen and will always look to go out with this team the next time I visit Kauai! Thank you Rob, Sean, Josh and Makai Sportsfishing!
Michael  M.
Michael M.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Would recommend this to anyone. Great crew, great time. All around wonderful time.
Angela  S.
Angela S.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
Had a great day with captain Harry out on the water we caught fish and had a blast
Doug  H.
Doug H.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
If you want to enjoy the best trip of Fishing go with Makai. We all caught fish and one was a big yellow fin tuna that waited 130 lbs. Best trip we’ve been on. Well worth the money. Very nice and knowledgeable.
Kirk  B.
Kirk B.
Extreme Sportfishing LLC
Extreme Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We loved this charter! The fish wernt huge but there were plenty of them. They were so good for dinner!!
Bailee  V.
Bailee V.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
Boat and Captain Harry were great! My buddy and I, with our wives filled up the boat. On the way out to the 4 mile bouy we got a "Blind Strike" on one of the big trolling lines and landed a good size Short Billed Spearfish!! Capt Harry gaffed it in, cleaned it and gave us 5 lbs of fresh sushi at the dock to eat and grill for dinner the next day. It was an awesome day, the best deep-sea fishing experience you could hope for!! Thanks Captain Harry!
Roger  Y.
Roger Y.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
We booked this for my husband, son, and stepdad! It was just the 3 of them and Harry, and they all had a great time! A majority of the fish they caught were within the first 1.5 hours on the water! 10 in total! The boys had a great time, and were thankful for Harry! Highly recommend!
Courtney  M.
Courtney M.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
Captain looked various places for fish and it didn’t work out. Lack of catching was not for lack of effort on Capt Harry’s part
Robert  H.
Robert H.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
Thanks for accommodating the misses and going the extra mile. Looking forward to fishing with you again.
William  P.
William P.
Extreme Sportfishing LLC
Extreme Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(3 reviews)
An awesome Captain! Harry and his (big) Kahuna were the perfect start for 2024. They put us on the fish just 30 minutes from the dock. The crew was ready to rock on time- no waiting! First mate Glen took care of us all day. Captain Harry gave my grandsons an experience they won’t forget. We will “hook up” with Captain Harry again in the summer months. Yes, that good.
Dave  R.
Dave R.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Everyone caught fish and my son hauled ins striped marlin. Great adventure and Sean did great to put out the right gear
Kevin  H.
Kevin H.
Extreme Sportfishing LLC
Extreme Sportfishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(3 reviews)
Captain Harry did a great job! He got us on the fish and kept working hard to stay on them. Our deck hand Glen was the most experienced sailor I have ever met. We hooked 5 Mahi Mahi boated 4 Lets just say dinner that night was amazing! We would go out with Harry again.
SCOTT  A.
SCOTT A.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
I may not have been the one to hook into this beautiful fish but it was incredible to see. An amazing experience. These guys have great attitudes, very friendly, and Sean will keep you posted if something isn’t working out with your trip. Mahalo
James  S.
James S.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
My wife and I had a great time fishing even though it was a hard day of fishing. fun time out on the boat with a great captain! i definitely recommend to anyone intrested in fishing.
Jacob  J.
Jacob J.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Captain Rob and deckhands Shawn and Silas worked hard for the 5 fishermen on board. Got the lines back out after a fish on, answered our questions, let me watch Silas process the tuna. If you want to take fish back to the mainland, that’s do it yourself regardless of your specific charter. Do your homework beforehand and keep in mind you have to go through agricultural inspection at the airport. Mahalo to Makai Sportfishing.
Brandt  S.
Brandt S.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
This was our first deep sea fishing and the captain and crew made this trip a wonderful one. Caught a few fish, had some good conversation and beautiful views. We would definitely recommend this charter!
Vicki  L.
Vicki L.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(100 reviews)
Great crew! Started catching fish right away! Hooked a big Mahi but didn’t land it. Sean kept us informed and entertained the whole time. We will definitely go again next time we’re here.
Joe  W.
Joe W.
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Blue Water Fishing LLC
Fishing charter in Lihue
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(167 reviews)
Captain Harry never gives up and is always working hard to find fish. We caught a huge yellowfin tuna and some skip jack tuna and it was an amazing experience all around
Brad  E.
Brad E.
Makai Sportfishing
Makai Sportfishing
Fishing charter in Eleele
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(100 reviews)
Had a great time with Captain Rob and Sean. Great guys who know what they’re doing and put us on some great Ahi! Will absolutely be back to fish with them again!
Lennie  L.
Lennie L.

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