The Hinatea (pronounced “Hee-nah-TAY-ah”) is a beautifully maintained 41′ Hatteras operating Maui sport fishing charters out of Lahaina harbor. Check-in time between 4:45am – 5:30am depending on the season.
The Hinatea is fast with a stable, comfortable ride. The vessel features a tuna tower, a spacious salon and back deck, outriggers, a downrigger, a range of professional sport fishing tackle and top of the line electronics.
Fish caught aboard Hinatea Sport Fishing include striped and blue marlin, mahi mahi (dorado/dolphin fish), ono (wahoo), ahi (yellowfin tuna), big-eye, and aku (skipjack tuna). In addition to trolling with artificial lures, Hinatea’s crew love to catch and rig live bait, often running it on the downrigger. This can bring in uku (gray snapper), ulua (GT), rainbow runner, barracuda and more.
The fishing methods used on any given day depend upon a variety of factors, most notably season (live bait is more difficult to obtain during the summer), weather conditions, and the previous days’ bite.
Probably the most consistent comment I receive about Hinatea Sport Fishing is her crew. They share the Aloha Spirit at every opportunity. They love what they do, and they are genuinely pleased to have you on board!
|Trip Length||Privates||Shares (4-6 anglers)|
|4 hr||$895.00||privates only|
|6 hr||$1,095.00||$225.00 pp|
|8 hr (as of 12/20/17)||$1,395.00||$275.00 pp|
Rates as of 12/21/17. All prices are plus 4.166% state GET, 3% harbor fee, and optional gratuity (10-20% is customary).
- Capacity: up to 6.
- Minimum age: 10 on share boats, 12 recommended. 8 on privates.
- Check-in location: Lahaina harbor slip #27
- Check-in time: 0445 – 0530 hrs
- Fish policy: Crew will filet a portion of the day’s catch at no charge for you to enjoy while on Maui.
- Cancellation Policy: 72 hours
Hinatea sport fishing charter reviews
Know B4 you go
Booked a 6hr shared trip aboard the Hinatea. Weather was calm to moderate , some 12mph southern wind and low ocean swell. Was looking forward to a great day on the water with a chance for great fish. The vessel has a small stern fishing area, very difficult to have more than 3 to 4 at time , esp when tring to catch the days bait. But thats understandable because only 3 or 4 rods are used for bait catching. They provide a nice cooler to stow away your drinks. The cabin area is open with lots of seating, and thats good because that's where you will spend most of your time. The skipper and deck hand were very friendly and gave simple instructions, seating , toilet location, and thats about it. We motored out for a about 30 mins then the skipper and deckhand hooked up the live bait and they spent around 1 hr in different spots fishing for a hook up while free drifting. We all watched. With no results they moved to a different spot a brief ride away, we watched them fish again. Then a rod hit , passed off to the 1st in rotation, reel up and a small Uku in the boat. After about 2 hr we were going to slowwwwwwwww troll with 1 downrigger and 3 rods with bait. I asked if we were going to deeper water and was told NO we only go out farther on 8hr trips..????? Wasnt told that prior to booking , wasnt told that only 3 rods fished and 1 downrigger, wasnt told slow troll only for the next 4hrs,, and no change in fish techniques,. no teasers, no lurers, and no change in location. I asked about the small rods and 40lb line we were using.... then looked at the stowed Big Penns and heavy rods in their holders. We ended up 3 small Uku and released 1 small shark. At least the boat went back to the dock with plenty of fresh bait.. I prefer a fishing vessel thats more hands on, more open to change when its flat and its not working . I know there are no guarentees of fish, but if you dont try options its just a boat ride...
Above and beyond!!
Greg and Luke were amazing!! I've been fishing my whole life and have been in many charters both private and shared, never have I had a crew work as hard as they did to make sure everyone on the boat had a great time and hooked up at least once! We made the long trek out to the buoy on the backside of Lanai and trolled all the way there. It was pretty slow all the way out there, but as soon as we got to the buoy it was all business! Lures came out of the water ,and the smaller tackle w/ squid and tuna strips came out and it was
game on! Mahi Mahi were hitting hard for about an hour
straight and these two guys were working HARD! All five of
us hooked up at least once, and some got two. I will only fish w/ these guys on my future Maui trips, period.
Had a wonderful time on the Hinatea and super impressed with Greg and Jason. They were very hospitable and very hard working to make sure we caught fish. Fished with both live and artificial bait. Ended up catching 6 Mahi Mahi and 1 Tuna. Highly recommend this boat.
Just wanted to say thank you. The crew made our experience over the top and the fishing was great. We would definitely recommend them to everyone.
I booked a private trip for 3 people. One adult (female) and two children ages 14 and 15. We had a GREAT time with Captain Greg and First Mate Jason. Jason was absolutely EXCELLENT and PATIENT with the children. They caught some fish, which was nice; but would have enjoyed the trip even if no fish were caught. I highly recommend this fishing charter.
Fantastic Trip !!!
Captain Greg and first mate Jay worked hard to put us on Mahi Mahi and a successful release boatside of a 400 Lb Blue Marlin !!!! Will absolutely recommend to others and book again !!!!
Soooo many fish!!!!
Whales were everywhere around us while bait fishing in early am! Tuna, Barracudas, and more Golden trevally than we could count - EVERY rig was buzzing with a fish for five of us all pulling in several fish each to the point the cooler was chucked full of fish. We had so much fun!!
5 star service
Lili, I wanted to let you know that our trip was fantastic. The fishing was slow but the guys were great to spend the day with and made every effort to put us on fish. We managed a few bottom fish and a tuna.
They suggested we take them to Pacific O for them to fix for our dinner. We had a party of six, the the dinner experience was awesome.
Appreciate your professional, outstanding service!
Mahalo, Jim Blessing
p.s. - And as far as the star rating. I'm a life time outdoorsman and those ratings can be misunderstood in my opinion. With that said. 5 star service in my opinion. They were friendly as well as accommodating. The unfortunate thing is that probably 50 % of their clients just wanted to go fishing in Hawaii and miss the "whole" experience thing If they dont catch fish.
We get it!!!
Bucket List Fish
Captain Greg and his deck hand were on the ball. They made sure we and the other guests had a great time, and did their best to find the perfect fishing spots. We were fortunate enough to hook a blue marlin, and take advantage of the "fighting chair" to bring in the 115", 219 lb beauty. We made the decision to have a taxidermy version of the fish made for mounting on our wall at home as a permanent trophy/reminder of this one in a lifetime event. We have already recommended you to our friends.
Captain Doug and 1st Mate Jason were beyond excellent - expertly coached my 12 year son into landing a beautiful Marlin on his first deep sea fishing adventure. Spoiled now, I mean really what else can we do except book the Hinatea again! Oh, Mahi and Spearfish were also caught - what a great day on the blue waters of the Pacific and we ate great as well! Thank you Lili and FishMaui