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), trevally, 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), trip duration, 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||$950.00||privates only|
|6 hr||$1,245.00||$245.00 pp|
|8 hr||$1,495.00||$295.00 pp|
Prices are plus 4.166% state GET, 3% harbor fee, and optional gratuity (10-20% is customary).
- Capacity: up to 6.
- Minimum age: 12 on share boats, 8 on privates.
- Check-in location: Lahaina harbor slip #27
- Check-in time: 5:00am
- Fish policy: Crew will fillet 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
Fish, Whales and Crew all Awesome
It was awesome! it was like a private whale watching cruise also. My sister in law didnt even want to go because she wanted to go on a whale watching cruise with 100 other people. By the end she was all teared up because the whales were everywhere. one was right next to the boat and even swam under us. My 10 year old daughter caught a Mahi Mahi and my son caught a nice Amberjack. It was perfect! Greg and Jason were very nice. In past experiences on charters, the captains always seem to be a**holes. This was not the case at all. This made the experience even better.
Amazing day on the water with this group! Clean, comfortable ride all day. We’ve been on charters in Alaskan waters, and this was definitely one of the best charter experiences we\'ve had. Greg and Jason were excellent company throughout the trip, and so helpful. Caught baitfish, mahi mahi, and an excellent ono!! Most amazing catch of our life! To top it off the whales were everywhere amd even got a couple close-ups. Thanks guys!
Absolutely great day. My sister and I caught so many mahi-mahi and yellowfin tuna that our arms ached! Got my personal best mahi-mahi in a large cow halfway thru the day. Gregg worked hard to put us on fish and Chris was a great cheerleader as to what to do. Can't say enough good things about the boat & crew. Mahalo!
fished with this company
The crew was great nice day on the water. We caught maui mahi, thank you
Ahi Ahoy, Mahi Magic: Hinatea Hanapa'a
As locals who have spent literally thousands of combined hours angling for Maui's nearshore big'uns, we know exactly how difficult it is to coax up the trophies: really, Really difficult. Experts, one supposes, are those who make the difficult look easy. Experts helm the Hinatea. Greg and Chris are—for those to whom this sorta thing matters—some kinda fish finders. They've got Poseidon on their Rolodex, or somethin', because they hooked us up with almost a superfluity (it's possible there's no such thing) of striking, leaping, diving, sprinting greens, blues, yellow[fin]s, and chromes. Fathoms of mahalos to the Hinatea and its matchless crew.
Where do I begin? Chris (Captain) and Greg (Mate) were fantastic! Tremendous local knowledge and experience, they were able to put us on the hot spot and we landed eight Mahi Mahi and one Yellow Fin tuna. If you are an experienced fisherman you know getting shut out can happen to the best of them, well the fishing Gods were kind to us this day, and the crew of the Hinatea were like a well oiled machine! Come with a good attitude and treat the men as the professionals they are, and you will have a great time! I can think of no higher praise. When I'm back n Maui I will be booking them again.- Aloha
Slow day, but I was the lucky one!
A friend of mine and I booked for June 27th, 2014. It was a slow day, but the captain and mate were super knowledgeable and friendly. The weather was great, the views beautiful and the folks we shared the trip with were very friendly and cool. I lucked out though, as the only the bite of the day was on my line! It wasn't a record breaker, but a 100 lb marlin had lots of fight in my book. I had a great time and thank the captain and mate for their teaching and patience with my "technique"! I will definitely recommend this boat to anyone going that way and book them again when I return.
My strongest recommendation
I wanted you and the boat owner to know what a fine time I had on the Hinatea while entertaining my son and son-in-law. The boat itself was the type of seaworthy craft I personally appreciate. Heavy, rides well in the sea, and sounds like the roar of a big fish attractor.
Fishermen do not need TV’s.
First and foremost were the two Captains. I call them Captains because they were both experienced in all aspects of deep water fishing and worked in perfect unison while remaining friendly, educational, and continuously on the hunt . I have fished with many a crew from the Arctic to the Antarctic. These guys were good. My strongest recommendation.
John L. Davis
Had a great day - just wish that the fish had been biting.
No strikes the whole day...
But that was the only negative - creaw was friendly, ship was in good shape, Captain was knowledgeable and they tried everything they could think of to get us some action.
Interesting comment was that I talked to other people on Maui during our trip and they all had great things to say about the Hinatea
I would recommend this crew to anyone!!
Response: Mahalo for your comments, Doug. I agree... one of Hinatea's strongest assets is their crew. When someone like yourself can give them a positive feedback after a day of no fish, THAT'S the sign of a good company! Do contact me again if you\'re ever back on the island!
Awsome day fishing
My family and I spent the day fishing in the beautiful south pacific 0n board the Hinatea.The Captain and mate were as awesome as the boat.We all caught fish and had a great time!!!I would highly recommend this charter service to everyone.We will definitely be fishing with them in the future!!!!!