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I bet you’re like me, always looking for that next adrenaline rush, right? I’ve got an idea for a thrill for you this summer: spearfishing in Hawaii.

Now, I know what you might be thinking, “Spearfishing? Isn’t that dangerous?” Yes, it can be. But isn’t that part of the thrill? That tiny element of danger that keeps your heart racing and your senses razor-sharp?

But don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you dive headfirst into uncharted waters with nothing but a pointy stick. There’s a method to the madness.

The problem with spearfishing is the potential for danger if you’re not properly prepared.

Picture this: you’re in the water, the sun is shining, and you see a school of fish perfect for dinner. But wait, you don’t know how to use your spear correctly, or worse, you’ve accidentally strayed into a zone with dangerous currents. No one wants their vacation to turn out like that.

Don’t sweat it. I’m writing this post to guide you through the ins and outs of spear fishing – the gear you need, the best Hawaiian islands for spearfishing, and all the do’s and don’ts. You’ll be a pro in no time. Let’s begin.

What to expect when spearfishing in Hawaii

Hawaii is like a paradise for spearfishing enthusiasts. Not only does it have a tropical climate that makes it a year-round destination, but the crystal clear waters are just out of this world.

The underwater visibility can reach up to 100 feet or more, making it incredibly easy to spot your prey. And trust me, there’s plenty to see! Hawaii’s underwater kingdom is teeming with fish species that will make your spearfishing trip an unforgettable experience.

But here’s the catch: With great power comes great responsibility. Hawaii’s reefs are essential to the ecosystem. Invasive species are estimated to cost the global economy more than $162 billion. Hawaii is considered the world’s capital of invasive species, so we should target these fish to keep things balanced.

Some of these invasive species are:

  • Blacktail snapper
  • Bluestripe snapper
  • Grey Snapper (4 pound minimum)
  • Orange spine unicorn fish (minimum size is 10 inches)

So always check the species before you take aim. Remember, you’re there to enjoy the sport and help protect the reefs, not cause damage.

Spearfishing techniques and gear

There’s more than one way to do spearfishing in Hawaii. But no matter what technique you choose, you need proper gear, as it can make or break your experience.

One of the most popular spearfishing techniques in Hawaii is freediving. This technique involves diving without a breathing apparatus. You’ll rely solely on holding your breath. With the right training and practice, you can master it quickly.

Another technique is scuba spearfishing. However, it’s worth mentioning that this technique is not allowed in all areas of Hawaii due to safety and ecological reasons. I advice you to hire a local guide who knows the laws and which areas are protected.

When it comes to gear, a speargun is your best friend. They come in different sizes and types. So, choose one that suits your experience level and the species you’re targeting. Also, never forget your dive knife. It’s not just for protection from potential underwater threats, but also for dispatching your catch quickly and humanely.

Finally, don’t forget safety gear. A buoy and line system can help boats see you, while gloves and water shoes protect you from sharp coral and sea creatures.

Remember, fishing with a spear is not just about the catch. It’s about enjoying the adventure while respecting and protecting the underwater world. So gear up, dive in, and have the time of your life in Hawaii!

Where to go spearfishing in Hawaii

Alright, now let’s talk about where you can get your spearfishing game on in Hawaii. Each island in this tropical paradise has unique features that make it a standout spot for spearfishing.

First up is spearfishing in Kauai. Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai offers clear waters and a variety of fish species. You gotta check out Tunnels Beach or Koloa Landing. But keep in mind, the currents here can get pretty strong.

Next on the list is Maui. This place is a spearfisher’s dream, with spots like Black Rock and Makena Landing offering plenty of action. But, pay attention to the tides. They can affect visibility and, of course, your safety.

Oahu is another hotspot. The island’s south shore is loved by anglers far and wide. However, Oahu’s geography means that wind direction can drastically change water conditions.

Lastly, the Island of Hawaii, or Big Island. The bathymetry here is diverse, which means a wider variety of fish species. But, the island’s large size means that weather patterns can vary drastically from one side to the other.

In short, each island provides a unique spearfishing experience. So choose your island depending on what you’re looking for, always keeping in mind the weather, currents, and tides.

Fish selection

Now, let’s get to the juicy part – the fish. Hawaii’s waters are home to a staggering variety of fish species. But remember, we’re not here to catch everything that swims. Being selective is key to preserving the environment.

Dinner-plate-sized Uhu (Parrotfish) and Kumu (Goatfish) are some of the tastiest catches you can find in Hawaii. Then there’s the Omilu (Bluefin Trevally), which gives a good fight and is a thrill to catch. If you are lucky you may even catch a Hawaiian ono fish.

Invasive species like Roi (Peacock Grouper) and Ta’ape (Blue-lined Snapper) are also good targets. Not only are you helping control their population, but you’re also adding some variety to your dinner.

But remember, some species are off-limits due to conservation reasons, like the Moi (Pacific Threadfin) and the Humphead Wrasse. Always check local regulations and follow them strictly.


So there you have it. Hawaii is a paradise, with its tropical climate, clear waters, and rich marine life. Each island offers unique spearfishing experiences, and the variety of fish species you can catch is mind-boggling.

But remember, with great fun comes great responsibility. Always be selective with your catch and respect the underwater environment. After all, we want to leave these beautiful waters teeming with life for future generations to enjoy.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your gear, head over to Hawaii, and dive into the adventure of a lifetime!