Blue Water Charters in Kona, Hawaii
The Blue Water Hunter is now offering diving charters
in and around Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
spent many nights getting prepared for my trip with Blue Water
Hunter and was getting
so pumped up that even the weather gods were talking! The day
couldn't have been more perfect, with water that was as
still as my pool with immeasurable clarity... it was a day
that every spearfisherman should experience. Stepping onto Rob's
super clean boat, with custom speargun holders, dual outboards
and plenty of room, I knew that I was in for a "professional"
hunt. Within 15 minutes we were at our first site and you could
the top fins of the Mahi Mahi making small "S" curves
on the surface. Within minutes, I was working with Rob to bring
in my Mahi Mahi of choice. A couple dives later... 33.5 lbs
came on the boat with me and now graces the wall of my man room
at home... and that was only the first half of the trip!
Thanks for making
my trip special, for your knowledge and for being my safety diver.
Whether you have come into our store, been referred by a friend,
read our freediving and spearfishing
journals, checked out our diving
videos on YouTube, or
found us via search engine... we're just happy you found us! You
really NEVER know what you are going to find out here! Most of
our charters are oriented toward spearfishing but spearing a fish
is only PART of the entire adventure.
The structure of the charter day goes like this: we meet at 7:30
am at the Honokohau Harbor bathrooms between the two boat ramps
on the North side of the harbor. Although it is very easy to find,
we recommended to locate this area before the day of the charter.
The boat will leave as soon as all gear and passengers are aboard
and we will be back around 1:00 pm. We supply sandwiches, snacks
and water for the divers and chum to attract game fish. We have
a captain on the boat at all times to operate the vessel and a
dive guide in the water at all times to help locate game fish.
not rent any equipment so all divers must furnish their own. Again,
we do not rent any equipment so all divers must furnish their own.
The Blue water Hunter provides all the equipment necessary for
sale on-site or on-line here at www.bluewaterhunter.com.
Please read our dive journal page for years worth of stories and
information related to diving in Hawaii. We also have YouTube videos
at http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueWaterHunterVideo for even more entertainment and information.
Sharks are a common concern for many of our divers. Let me assure
you that you don't have to worry about seeing sharks because you,
with all likelihood, WILL see a shark, or two... You see, we actually
hope to see sharks. One of our goals during every charter is to
find sharks so that we may show our customers how to "interact" with
these beautiful animals. Most people have never seen a shark in
the wild so we want to share this amazing experience with everyone
in a safe, semi-controlled, supervised environment. No cages, no
bang sticks, just our knowledge and experience. We discourage petting
or hand feeding the sharks though, sorry. We may also encounter
a variety of Dolphins and whales, manta rays and whale sharks.
Even though blue water spearfishing is considered "advanced," it
is our main focus. Blue water spearfishing is considered advanced
because, typically speaking, the fish are larger and more powerful
than your average reef fish. The reality is hunting reef fish in
Hawaii requires a lot of skill just to shoot a small fish. Shooting
reef fish is gear simplistic but labor intensive, shooting blue
water fish is gear intensive but labor simplistic. In other words
to shoot reef fish in Hawaii you need a very good breath-hold and
knowledge of the fish, but you don't necessarily need expensive,
high-tech equipment. Whereas blue water spearfishing may only require
a dive to ten feet and to hold your breath for ten seconds but
you need very good equipment that can handle the size and power
of blue water game fish. The reasoning behind this is fairly simple,
many people hunt reef fish whereas blue water fish may have never
seen a human. But once a powerful blue water fish is speared they
will break inadequate gear or they will simply swim off with it
never to be seen again.
Where we find many of our creatures to view and hunt is at our
local FAD's. No, that doesn't mean spearfishing has anything to
do with the latest trends; a FAD is a "Fish Aggregation Device," or
buoy, that is anchored to the ocean floor. Off the Kona coast we
have approximately 7 FAD's within reach during daylight hours,
however, it is only possible to reach about 3 of the available
7 FAD's during our charters 6 hour time frame. Sometimes we will
come across floating debris, which may hold an abundance of game
fish, sharks, Dolphins etc.
Up close and personal...
All charters offer a guided dive, which means one of us will be
in the water with you at all times to help you with your gear,
to help identify approaching game fish and to identify and aid
in dangerous situations. A smaller boat means a more personal experience.
On the Big Island, more specifically the Kona coast, the dive locations
are close by and the weather is generally very good. Our first
possible dive location is roughly 4 miles off shore and takes about
10-15 minutes to get there from the harbor. We utilize a 20ft.
Twin Vee twin hull boat powered by twin 90hp Yamaha four-stroke
motors. The twin-hull allows for a much smoother ride than the
traditional flat or V-hull style boat and the twin 90hp Yamaha
four-stroke motors gives a high performance 40 mile per hour ride
with whisper like sound. We have custom seating for 7 people (5
passengers, Captain and dive guide) and custom spear gun racks
in the back of the boat. With this setup we are able to keep the
amount of passengers small for a more personal experience but also
to blend in with other fishing boats. In Hawaii keeping a low profile
is VERY important. It also keeps the number of divers in the water
to a minimum to increase diver safety and success for spearing
As for mother nature, we do not have a crystal ball and therefore
we cannot predict weather no matter how hard we try. However, seasons
generally don't affect us here like they do in other parts of the
world. The weather in Hawaii can be nasty, rainy with 40 knot winds
one day and absolutely beautiful the next. Our little saying is,
ya just gtota go! That being said, if we deem the weather unsafe
than the charter will be either canceled and boat charter monies
refunded or the charter will be moved to another day, whichever
our clients decide.
time I go to Hawaii... a charter with Blue Water Hunter is the
top of my list. Rob's knowledge of the ocean as a state spear
fishing record holder means that we have always had amazing experiences.
He may be able to hold his breath for five and half minutes,
but there have been moments aboard his charter that have truly
left me breathless! I give this trip my highest recommendation!
Dive Charter Rates and Packages
The Basic rate is the base rate that we are able
to consider a charter booked. The Basic rate per diver
will decrease as the number of divers increase, up to a maximum
of 5 passengers (see our price
structure below for more details). A big draw for many people is
an "Exclusive" charter where we
tailor the charter to the individual party (1-4 people). An Exclusive
charter is for those who desire
personal instruction or individualized care for themselves or their
party. We offer the Exclusive
charter at the discounted rate of $800, which is available for
1, 2, 3 or up to 4 people in your own
party. No additional divers outside your party will be added on
the Exclusive charter.
The following will
our pricing structure:
- $600 - Solo Rate (1 person) diver or non-diver ($600 per diver
- $600 - Twin Rate (2 people) divers or non-divers ($300 per
diver or non-diver)
- $750 - Standard Rate 3 person/diver ($250 per diver or non-divers)
- $800 - Exclusive Rate 1-4 person/diver ($200 per diver or non
- $800 - Discount Group Rate 4 person/diver ($200 per
diver or non diver)
- $1000 - Discounted Group Rate Max Cap.
5 person/diver ($200 per diver or non diver)
Our charters are available most days the week but only go out
when we are booked. We require a
minimum of a Basic charter, 1 or 2 people at $600, to consider
a charter booked. If you are alone
and don't want to afford a Basic charter than we will try our
best to find at least 1 other diver to make our
minimum $600, however, we do not guarantee or imply a booked charter
if we are unable to find
another diver and reach our minimum. So please plan your vacation
or time accordingly.
Please call us toll free
at 1 (800) 826-7341 or (808) 331-2237 or email us at
to reserve your trip.
*** The Blue Water Hunter reserves the right to revise or amend
any and all information at any time. The Blue Water Hunter also
reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason at
anytime. Cancellations must be done no less than one week ahead
of the agreed charter date otherwise all charter fees will be forfeited.
Charters canceled due to weather will be refunded in full.
Suggested Viewing and Reading
What might you experience on a dive charter with Blue Water Hunter
of Kona, Hawaii? Check out the following freediving and spearfishing
videos and books.
And more information about spearfishing in Hawaii, don't forget
to check out Rob's
These and other educational books and videos are available
in our online
charter was a referral from a friend who also doesn't
subscribe to status quo, but you know how fish stories
go... I mean how good could it really get? Would
the high expectation guests I brought appreciate
our taking the lead on a group outing during their
It's always nice to get a 'real' person on one
of these excursions. The kind of person who knows
exactly what you are after, doesn't waste time bs'ing
and has tons of very cool stories to share as in
education vs. stories as in urban legends.
As we slipped into the water we were blown away
by the spectrum of blues from the sun into the waters
below. It was as though the expansive stretch of
ocean suddenly became a giant fish tank. A Mahi Mahi
snatched the bait and was aptly speared by our fearless
leader, Rob. As the Mahi Mahi swam in a frenzy trying
to free itself, it attracted the attention of 1-2-3-4
and then 5 sharks. It was time to exit the water.
That 2 minutes of furry is something I will not soon
We would set sail for our next 'maybe' which was
seeing a humpback whale. We came upon a gaggle of
tour boats suffocating the path of a few migrating
whales. Admittedly and selfishly we begged to get
closer to the beautiful mammals, but again Rob decided
to head where the others were not. Trust me, he said.
Given the fact he was 1 for 1, that was not that
difficult. 15 minutes and a few slick navigations
later, the magnificent creatures breached not 10
feet from our boat and again we watched and snapped
photo's in awe. Until we found something a little
bit better? Seriously? Jeff, the Captain, spotted
what he thought might be a tiger shark in the waters
next to the boat but on further inspection we noticed
it was a whale shark! When Rob gets excited YOU should
get excited, and we were. Masks on and in with the
best experience any one of us had ever had in the
deep blue. It was completely scary at first, the
sheer enormity of this creature — a bus length
long and double the width. This quickly climbed into
my top 10 ever list (which is a pretty good list
if I don't say so myself).
If you want to go on a tour and do what everyone
else does — look in the "things to do" guide
and get in line. But if you want an experience what
will create memories that last a lifetime — contact
Rob White and truly enjoy what the Oceans of Hawaii
have to offer.