Sport Fishing Charters In Hawaii

Hawaii fishing charters are quite numerous in the beautiful waters surrounding the tropical islands. Avid sport fishers and tourists alike combine to make the business a booming one. Hawaii is known throughout the world as the best place for deep sea fish hunting, in fact, Kona claims the title for best sport in the Pacific. The area is a major location for deep sea fishing as the ocean slopes steeply not far from the shoreline, making prime areas easily accessible. At some parts the drop is a mere three miles from the shoreline and reaches depths close to six thousand feet. The waters teem with many varieties of fish and in some charters even allow more experienced guests to attempt shark hunting, an activity which is best accomplished after dark. However, no matter the experience level, sport fishing charters in Hawaii provide all levels of fishermen and those merely fascinated by the sport, a chance to have the thrill of a lifetime.

Based on the what passengers desire most Hawaii fishing charters allow customers to choose what type of boat they prefer. Some allow for a 'hands-on' experience where the passengers preform most of the work themselves as more of a contact sport. For those with less experience, they can choose a charter where a deckhand will take care of most of the work such as handling the equipment and allow the passenger to simply reel in the fish by "... let[ting] them have dominion over the fish of the sea" (Genesis 1:26). Most boats are fully equipped with everything guests will need by way of reels, bait and coolers. Experts recommend that guests, especially new comers to the sport, be prepared to combat motion sickness preferably by taking medication before boarding. Passengers are also encouraged to bring their own personal items such as sunscreen, camera and film, comfortable clothes and so on. They also recommend that guests and crew alike do not bring bananas on board a fishing boat in Hawaii, as the fruit is considered bad luck.

One of the main reasons sport fishing charters in Hawaii are so popular is because of the amount and varieties of fish in the tropical waters. The species of fish include Pacific Blue Marlin which are some of the most common, and have been known to weigh over one thousand pounds. There are also smaller Striped Marlin weighing less than one hundred and twenty pounds but exciting to bate because these fish travel in groups and at times will all for the same lure at once. More exotic species include Short bill Spearfish which are usually rare yet found in Kona, weighing around forty pounds, and Swordfish. Swordfish are more abundant after dark, and for this reason not all that common with the sport. Mahi-mahi are some of the most colorful fish in the Hawaiian waters and weigh around twenty pounds. Ono are some of the fastest species and can actually swim at speeds up to sixty miles an hour. People on board Hawaiian fishing charters have been known to catch fish weighing over eight hundred pounds, making for genuine tales to relate to family and friends.

For more adventurous types many Hawaii fishing charters offer shark hunting. The hunting of these large predatorily inclined fishes most commonly takes place at night and generally includes an extra charge. Guests looking for more of a traditional experience can book charters to enjoy a day of sailing, snorkeling and dolphin watching. There are companies that allow guests to travel the sea in style as select tournament grade boats have air-conditioned rooms below deck, televisions, small kitchens and even a bathroom with a shower. Such boats often include GPS navigation and other technological advances that help to make capturing the 'big one' a breeze. Most captains have been in the business for many years and have well-seasoned crews who have experience with boating not only in the seas around Hawaii but all over the world. In addition to well trained captains and experienced crews who have been in the business for most of their lives, a few companies even have boats equipped with state of the art navigational systems. State of the art systems allow the crews of sport fishing charters in Hawaii to work closely with real fishermen. This means that if a rare fish is caught or a school of fishes is located the sport fishermen will know right away where in the ocean the capture took place and take guests to such locations.

Those interested in Hawaii fishing charters need look no farther than the internet for information and prices. Many charters have websites where those with a hankering to practice or fine tune their skills can gain an idea as to what type of fishing is available at the best rates for them. Also, most sport fishing charters in Hawaii have websites which include pictures of fish that have been caught, often baiting the customer into coming and trying their hand at baiting fishes of the seas. Reservations are required to book Hawaiian fishing charters, and most reservations are made through e-mail or by phone, and rates for booking a charter run anywhere from over five hundred dollars for an entire day on the water, to around three hundred for half a day. Private charters are available, as are group charters which usually offer cheaper rates. No matter one's skill level, sport fishing is a must for those who come to the tropical islands.

Maui Whale Watching Tours

Hawaiian whale watching trips are definitely a highlight of any visit to this tropical paradise. The calm winds and the warm, clear waters of the Pacific Ocean make the western shores of the island of Maui one of the world's best spots for viewing the giant hunchbacks in their natural habitat. Of course, if whale watching is the primary reason for visiting the Hawaiian Islands, then it's imperative that the trip is scheduled when the whales are also making their annual visit to the tropics. By doing a little research ahead of time, whale aficionados can make the most of their trip. There are several Maui whale watching tours available that can be booked ahead of time.

At approximately forty-eight miles long and twenty-six miles wide, Maui is the second largest of the eight main islands that make up the state of Hawaii. Known for its long beaches and the Haleakala Crater, its nickname is the Valley Isle. British explorer James Cook, in 1778, was the first European to explore the Hawaiian Islands. But French Captain Jean Francois de Galaup de La Perouse holds the distinction of being the first to step foot on Maui later that same year. The La Perouse Bay, on the southern coastline, is named in his honor. The island was conquered by King Kamehameha the Great in 1790 at the Battle of Lao. The king was the first to unite the warring islands under one rule. For a brief time, until the mid-1800s, the royal family's residence and the center of government were located on Maui.

Now the Valley Isle is a premier tourist destination and famous for its hunchback whale watching trips. The hunchback may not be as familiar as the popular black and white orca of Shamu and SeaWorld fame. But they gained some attention as the major plot point in the 1986 movie Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Scriptures tell us this: "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind and God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:21). Adult hunchbacks are great, measuring about forty-five feet long, weighing approximately forty to forty-five tons, and eating about a ton of food a day. They belong to the baleen group which means that, instead of teeth, they have baleen plates made of keratin which aid in separating their food from the water. The Pacific hunchbacks migrate to the cool North Pacific waters near Alaska in the summer, then spend the winter in the warmer ocean seas closer to the equator. Though Maui whale watching tours may be taken from mid-December to mid-May, the peak season is January through April.

The Hawaiian seas are so beautifully clear because they lack phytoplankton, the microscopic organisms that bait fish eat. No phytoplankton, no bait fish. This means there is little food for the whales. While swimming off the shores of the Valley Isle, the hunchbacks are breeding, giving birth, and fasting. During these summer months, they lose about a quarter to a third of their body weight, approximately six to eight tons. Those taking Maui whale watching tours will start seeing calves in late January. The baby is about twelve to fourteen feet in length at birth and weighs from one to two tons. All its nourishment comes from nursing from fifty to one hundred gallons of its mother's milk every day. Needless to say, the calf grows quickly.

The whale watching trips often have a trained naturalist on board who talks about the behavior of the hunchbacks and answers questions. The guides will dispel myths like the one that hunchbacks are monogamous and mate for life. These whales live a more solitary life than some of their cousins. They don't form lifelong bonds, but have brief "associations" that may last a few moments or a day or two. The only exception is the bond between the mother and her calf which lasts for about a year. Otherwise, it's unusual to see more than a few hunchbacks in the same location. Perhaps the only thing more spectacular than seeing a hunchback break through the surface of the water, called breaching, is hearing it sing. This is an amazing phenomenon that scientists and researchers are still trying to understand. Only the males sing and they do so while submerged about fifty to sixty feet below the ocean surface for twenty to forty minutes at a time. While singing, the male's head is down and his tail is up. The same mysterious song is sung by all males on any given day. Incredibly, scientists believe that this year's song begins where last year's song ended. Though the song evolves, it never seems to repeat. Though researchers first identified and began studying whale-song in 1979, it's still a mystery with more questions than answers.

At least a few of the Maui whale watching tours are associated with marine conservation groups who are concerned about the future of the whales and dolphins. At least one donates its profits to marine conservation. During the peak season, whales can sometimes be seen by people standing on the beaches. The tour boats usually do not have to go far from shore for whales to be spotted. In fact, some tour companies guarantee that whales will be seen or guests are offered another tour free of charge. Whale protection laws are strictly followed by the reputable companies who will not get within one hundred feet of a whale. However, if the whale comes close to the boat, it can't move until the whale does. Hawaiian whale watching trips provide exciting marine experiences that will never be forgotten.

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