Ohana Fishing Charters

Best Charter on Kauai: Ohana Fishing Charters
Local Expert's Rating:
4.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

If you are planning on visiting Kauai and want an adventure like no other, contact Ohana Fishing Charters for a once-in-a-lifetime deep sea fishing experience. Whether you are an old hand at fishing or you are brand new, you will find yourself having a great time aboard the Hoo Maikai. 

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

As a family-owned and operated business, Ohana Fishing Charters is considered one of the best charters in all of Kauai. When visiting Kauai, charter fishing makes a great way to spend a few hours or the entire day and truly enjoy the beauty of the ocean’s majesty. In fact, Kauai itself is known for having some of the best fishing grounds around the world, especially off the coast of Kappa on the east side, and Ohana Fishing Charters is a great way to experience this for yourself.

Ohana Fishing Charters is operated by owner Captain Lance Keener who has over a quarter of a century of experience and is known for his specialized understanding of the sport of fishing. He incorporates various techniques he has picked up around the world and helps you find success even if you are new to fishing. 

Captain Britt is the other company captain. He grew up on Hanalei, on the North Shore of Kauai, and has been working on a boat since the age of 16. He is an experienced fisherman and waterman and knows the scoop of where to find the best fish! 

Next to the captains and excellent crew, perhaps the next most important factor to consider when reserving a charter is the boat that will be taking you out. At Ohana Fishing Charters, this boat is a 30 x 10 foot Wilson named The Hoo Maikai. It is ideally suited and specially designed for Kauai Ocean Fishing. It was built originally for the rough waters of the Santa Barbara Channel Islands, so it rides like no other boat in the Kauai fishing fleet.

The Hoo Maikai is equipped with up-to-date electronics, and top-of-the-line fishing gear, and boasts an impeccable maintenance record. This along with the knowledge of the captain and crew means that your safety when on the vessel always remains a top priority. The seating on the boat is also designed to allow for a personal experience between the guests and captains.

When deep sea fishing on one of these charter trips, you can expect to see some of the best fish in the entire state of Hawaii. Virtually any fishing outing could result in a world record. The waters off of Kauai are deep, meaning that it provides a rich marine environment. You can catch Albacore, Short-billed Spearfish, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Striped Marlin, Ahi (Yellow Fin Tuna), Mahi Mahi, Ono, and more. 

Ohana Fishing Charters feature trips of varying lengths. You can choose from four, six, or eight-hour trips. You can also opt for a shared charter, which is up to six passengers, a deluxe share charter, which is up to four passengers, or a private charter, which can take out up to six passengers. Guests can expect gear and non-alcoholic beverages to be provided on each charter trip. You can also bring along guests who aren’t fishing as non-fishing spectators. 

You might wonder what happens to all the fish caught during your charter experience. Well, eating your catch is always a fun and delicious way to end your day of fishing. Consequently, Ohana Fishing Charters are happy to provide each paying angler with enough fish for one to two meals. Any fish not cut for passengers will be distributed to fish markets, restaurants, and wholesalers with the occasional donations to local churches or to feed the family of Ohana Fishing Charters’ friends and family.

Insider Tips:
-The charters in Kauai fill up fast, so if you are planning on trying this out on vacation, plan ahead and reserve your spot. There is a 72-hour cancellation policy. 
-Guests rave that this is the best fishing charter they have ever gone on, with a friendly and knowledgeable staff. The Ohana Fishing Charter crew is said not only to be knowledgeable— leading to great catches— but also to cater to guests’ every need. 
-Customized charter trips are available. Contact Ohana Fishing Charters to schedule and get a price for your unique trip. 
-All charter rates are applied with an 8% harbor and state excise tax. 
-Deep Sea fishing is not recommended if you have neck or back problems or are pregnant. 
-Hoo Maikai (the name of the boat) translates to thanksgiving! You will be truly thankful to be aboard this beauty.