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Maui, known as the "Valley Isle," is a dream destination for everyone from beach lovers to nature enthusiasts. With its pristine shores, crystal waters, and vibrant culture, there’s always something to see and do. But if you're an angler, whether seasoned or just starting out, Maui is nothing short of a fishing utopia. With a diverse ecosystem creating a rich habitat for a variety of fish, it's a magnet for fishing enthusiasts from around the globe. 

In this blog, we’ll give you an in-depth look at what makes fishing in Maui an experience you won't want to miss, complete with tips on what you can catch, methods you can use, and the best spots to make your fishing dreams come true.

Reel in the Big Ones: Fish Species in Maui

With 120 miles of coastline and so much variety, a day fishing in Maui offers the opportunity to land some of the game's largest and most prized specimens. From 2,000-pounders to sleek swimmers, here are some of the most sought-after catches in Maui.

blue marlin in water


Marlin is the prize catch for many anglers visiting Maui from June to August. These majestic fish are known for their size and the fight they put up, making them a thrilling catch.


mahi mahi fish

Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi is another popular target. Known for its vibrant colors and delicious taste, catching a Mahi Mahi is both rewarding and satisfying and makes for an excellent photo op!

school of yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin Tuna

Yellowfin Tuna, though one of five species of tuna you can find here, is not just any other fish; it's the star of the show in Maui. Anglers from around the world come to these waters specifically for Yellowfin, also known as "Ahi" in Hawaiian. The reason? These fish can grow to monumental sizes here, making them a challenging yet rewarding catch. The thrill of reeling in a Yellowfin is unparalleled, especially when you consider their speed and agility.

Wahoo fish

Wahoo (Ono)

Wahoo, or Ono as it's locally known, is another fish that makes Maui a top fishing destination. These fish are incredibly fast swimmers, often reaching speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Catching a Wahoo is not just about the fight; it's about the skill required to reel in such a speedy fish. Plus, they are a local delicacy, so catching one means you're in for a treat at the dinner table.

three amberjack fish swim underwater


Amberjack are strong fighters, making them a fun challenge for any angler. They're commonly found in deeper waters around Maui.

barracuda fish underwater


While not as popular as other species, Barracuda offers a unique fishing experience. They're aggressive and fast, providing a good fight for those who hook one.

Fish Like a Local in Maui

Maui offers a variety of fishing methods, from offshore to inshore. The abundant opportunities make it a great place for all types of anglers. Additionally, you don't need a license for saltwater fishing, but if you're considering venturing into freshwater, be sure to check with the Hawaii Division of Aquatic Resources.

Charter Fishing

Charter fishing is not just a fishing trip; it's a full-service experience. When you book a charter, you're getting the expertise of seasoned captains and crew who know the waters like the back of their hand. They'll take you to the best spots, provide top-of-the-line equipment, and even help you with techniques to increase your chances of a successful catch. It's the best way to ensure a fruitful fishing adventure, especially if you're targeting big game like Marlin or Yellowfin.

Shore Fishing

Shore fishing is a great option for those who prefer to stay on land. All you need is a fishing rod and some bait, and you're good to go! Snapper is typically caught close to shore and makes for tasty fish dinners you can cook up during your visit.

Kayak Fishing

Kayak fishing offers a more intimate experience with the ocean, letting you get up close and personal with Maui’s landscape. It's a peaceful yet exciting way to fish as you paddle your way through Maui's waters. Remember, fishing from a kayak means you need balance and experience to navigate the water, your paddle, and your fishing pole. So, don’t venture too far from shore if you’re new to this activity. You can still potentially hook a large fish from a kayak, and knowing how to handle yourself is imperative for a safe outing.


Spearfishing in Maui is not for the faint of heart. It's an adrenaline-pumping activity that requires skill, precision, and a bit of courage. Unlike other forms of fishing, spearfishing puts you directly in the underwater environment, offering a unique perspective of the ocean and its inhabitants. It's a sustainable method of fishing, as you only target the fish you intend to catch, making it an eco-friendly option.

Maui's Fishing Hotspots

Maui offers a variety of fishing spots, each with its own unique features and types of fish.

  • Kalama Park, Kihei - Located in Kihei, Kalama Park is a popular spot for shore fishing. The park offers amenities like picnic areas, making it a great place for a family fishing day.
  • Baldwin Beach Park, PaiaBaldwin Beach in Paia is another excellent location for shore fishing. The park is spacious and offers stunning views, adding to your fishing experience.
  • KahuluiKahului offers various fishing spots, both offshore and inshore. It's a great place to try different methods and target various species.

Fishing Seasons: Year-Round Opportunities

Hawaii's tropical climate makes it a year-round fishing destination, but each season has its own unique offerings, thanks to the island's diverse marine ecosystems. Spring is a great time for catching Mahi Mahi as the waters start to warm up and they become more active. Summer is often considered the peak season, especially for big game fish like Marlin and Yellowfin, which are more abundant during the warmer months. As you move into fall, you'll find Wahoo and Amberjack are more prevalent. And winter is the season for bottom fishing, where species like Snapper and Grouper take the stage. It's also the time when humpback whales make their appearance, adding an extra layer of excitement to any fishing trip.

Your Perfect Stay Awaits with Bello Realty Inc.

Fishing in Maui is more than just a pastime; it's an experience that stays with you. The thrill of the catch, the beauty of the ocean, and the skill it takes to reel in a big one make it the adventure of a lifetime. And what better way to end your day than cooking up your catch in your Maui home away from home?

When you book your stay directly with Bello Realty Inc., you'll find a variety of vacation rentals, from beachfront properties to private homes and more, all featuring fully equipped kitchens that make it easy to take your catch from shore to table. It's the perfect way to round off your Maui fishing adventure and make memories that will last a lifetime. Check out our properties and book you’re your Maui fishing trip directly with Bello Realty Inc.


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