While Lanai is world famous for luxury vacationing at places such as the Four Seasons Manele Bay, it is slightly less well known for its sport fishing off the island's southern shore. The conditions of these fishing grounds are almost always still and tranquil, and the large blue marlin is commonplace in these shallow waters as are the charter fishing boats. Lanai fishing is not only practiced by tourists on Lanai vacations, but also by visitors from neighboring islands.
Lanai offers ample opportunities for sport fishing. The best place to fish on Lanai is off the southern shore, where visitors from neighboring islands, such as Maui and Lahaini, often practice fish for some of the largest blue marlins around, which are rarely found in shallow waters. Years ago, there was a traditional fishing village in South Lanai called Kaunolu, first established in the fifteenth century, where the everyday existence revolved around the sea and its life-giving power. They even kept a koa, or fishing shrine, to ensure good catches. One of the great rulers, King Kamehameha the Great, used this small town as his favorite retreat, as it was his favorite fishing spot.
The waters of Lanai are teeming with fish all year round, but the peak seasons for sport fishing are spring and summer. Some of the fish that can be caught while fishing on Lanai include the mahimahi, the ono, and, of course, the much coveted blue marlin. If you are planning to get the big catch, be prepared to get yourself out of bed and ready to go deep sea fishing by 6 or 6:30 in the morning, as most of the charter boats depart at either of these two times. If that seems early, be consoled that anglers from neighboring islands leave an hour earlier.
The Hotel Lanai offers guests a scenic deep sea fishing excursion that leaves out of Manele Harbor with an experienced deep sea fishing crew and travels along the shoreline before heading out to sea to the best place to fish on Lanai. The charters welcome visitors to bring snacks and picnic lunches for a morning adventure of fishing on Lanai. Each fishing trip includes a four-hour voyage, fishing gear, and beverages, so whether you land a big fish or not, you are sure to enjoy the trip. For any Lanai fishing, it is highly recommended that you wear sunblock rather than suntan lotion or oil because of the intensity of the sun's rays on Lanai.
Either of the Four Seasons Resorts often offer services for arranging activities packages. These packages include deep sea fishing, sailing trips, whale watching in the winter, dolphin watching, scuba diving, hiking and horse back riding. In addition to exploration, visitors may also enjoy the tour packages available at the Four Seasons hotels. Travelers can book packages in advance or simply ask the concierge to arrange for an expedition at sea and the options included in each package.
Lanai is in Maui County, so there will be plenty of chances to do some fishing on Lanai whether you choose to book a Lanai bed and breakfast or a Maui hotel. Lanai fishing can be a particularly pleasant activity, especially if your plans include the catch of the day, and while Hawaii is often surrounded by windy weather and turbulent seas, the fishing grounds off the south coast of Lanai typically remain calm.