Why? Fishing is predictably instilled in the Hawaiian people’s culture. You can find Kona on the west side of the Island, historically known as a fishing village. Many fishing techniques used worldwide today originated right here. The water here is calm, and the water drops quickly just a short distance from the shore, making it perfect for going deep-sea trolling for tuna, mahi-mahi, and even sharks.
Best for: Deep-sea trolling. And pier and surf fishing.
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Type of fish to catch: Tuna, mahi-mahi, ono, sharks, blue marlin, butterfly peacock bass, rainbow trout, striped marlin.
Best time of year: All year round; tournaments kick off in June
Places of interest: Hulihee Palace, Keauhou, Kailua-Kona, Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, Marinas, boat rentals, boat launch ramps, fishing charters, campgrounds, RV parks, lodging, bait & tackle shops, restaurants.