Out on the Water
The Birthplace of Big Wave Surfing
Surfing is believed to have originated long ago in ancient Polynesia, later thriving in Hawaii. It was once a sport only reserved for alii (Hawaiian royalty), which is why surfing is often called the “sport of kings.” King Kamehameha I himself was known for his surfing ability. Hawaii is also the birthplace of big wave surfing. In the 1950’s surfers began to ride the powerful winter waves of Makaha on Oahu’s west shore and Waimea Bay on the North Shore. Big wave season in Hawaii happens roughly between November and February on Hawaii’s north shores. Some of the best surfing competitions in the world are held on Oahu’s North Shore in November and December including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing (the Super Bowl of surfing). Watching these pros attack these ferocious waves can be an exhilarating experience.
Whether you're chartering a boat or fishing from shore, Kauai is ideal for both deep sea and freshwater fishing. Native Hawaiians have been fishing on Kauai for centuries. Just one example of this can be seen at the Alekoko, Menehune Fishpond near Lihue. This engineering feat was believed to have been built more than 1,000 years ago by hundreds of little, mythical Hawaiian people called Menehune. Whether it's deep sea or freshwater fishing, Kauai delivers. Reel in Ono, Mahimahi, Opakapaka and fighting Marlin from Kauai’s shores, piers or fishing boats. In the area off the coast of Port Allen for instance, which is the departure point of many of Kauai's sport fishing charters the sea bottom will drop off 1000' in a matter of just one-quarter mile offshore, then drop again to 3000' within a mile offshore and then to 6000' just three miles offshore. This brings the possibility of finding the very largest fish within minutes of your Kauai sport fishing departure.