For Molokai people, as in days of yore, the ocean is more of a larder than a playground. It’s common to see residents fishing along the shoreline or atop South Shore Reef, using poles or lines. Deep-sea fishing by charter boat is a great Molokai adventure. The sea channels here, though often rough and windy, provide gorgeous views of several islands. Big fish are plentiful in these waters, especially mahimahi, marlin, and various kinds of tuna. Generally speaking, boat captains will customize the outing to your interests, share a lot of information about the island, and let you keep some or all of your catch.
Molokai Fish & Dive. If you'd like to try your hand at fishing, you can rent or buy equipment and ask for advice here. 53 Ala Malama St., Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 96748. 808/553–5926; www.molokaifishanddive.com.
Boats and Charters
Alyce C.. This 31-foot cruiser runs excellent sportfishing excursions in the capable hands of Captain Joe. Full-day and four- to five-hour trips are available upon the six-passenger boat; gear is provided. It's a rare day when you don't snag at least one memorable fish. Kaunakakai Wharf, Kaunakakai Pl., Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 96748. 808/558–8377; www.alycecsportfishing.com. From $450.
Fun Hogs Sportfishing. Trim and speedy, the 27-foot flybridge boat named Ahi offers four-hour, six-hour, and eight-hour sportfishing excursions. Skipper Mike Holmes also provides one-way or round-trip fishing expeditions to Lanai, as well as sunset cruises and whale-watching trips in winter. Kaunakakai Wharf, Kaunakakai Pl., Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 96748. 808/336--0047; www.molokaifishing.com. From $450.
Molokai Action Adventures. Walter Naki has traveled (and fished) all over the globe. He will create customized fishing expeditions and gladly share his wealth of experience. He will also take you to remote beaches for a day of swimming. If you want to explore the north side under the great sea cliffs, this is the way to go. His 21-foot Boston Whaler is usually seen in the east end at the mouth of Halawa Valley. Kaunakakai, Hawaii, 96748. 808/558–8184. From $300.