Spearfishing Guide (maximum of 4 divers per guide)
Full set of spearfishing gear
Float & Line with stringer
Freediving & Physiology
Hunting & Stalking theory & Tactics
No Experience necessary
Age 14 & up
Must be comfortable snorkeling
Must be able to dive 10-30 feet (3-10 meters)
No breath hold requirement
Transportation to the dive site (none provided)
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of experience is Necessary?
No experience with spearfishing is necessary. You should be a competent and comfortable snorkeler that can dive down and equalize. Looking to up your freediving skills? Consider taking a Level 1 Freediving course with us first. To learn more click the button below.
How deep will we be diving?
Typically participants will dive between 10-30 feet (3-10 meters) but your limit will be based on your comfort level and equalization ability. Most spearfishing Big Island has occurs in less than 30 feet of water.
How long do I need to hold my breath?
There is no breathold requirement for spearfishing Big Island. Your guide will teach you the concepts of freediving as part of the experience.
Is transportation provided?
You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the dive site. The dive sites will be within a 45 minute drive from Kona depending on conditions.
How much is the gear rental?
All of the necessary gear is included in the course. You will need to bring: swimsuit, towel, sunscreen. To purchase your own equipment, click here to visit our shop.
Where does the spearfishing take place?
The location varies based on ocean conditions. Generally the excursion takes place in Kona. In the case of a large south swell the course will take place in Puako.
Is there a private tour option?
Yes. Pricing varies based on the number of participants. Click 'check availability' to learn more.
What is the schedule like?
On shore training from 7:30 am - 9:30 am includes safety, and control. It is were you get outfitted with the gear and go over how to use it. You will also learn freediving & physiology as well as hunting and stalking tactics for hunting prey on the reef. The in-water portion will be 2.5 - 3 hours and includes: freediving form and breathing techniques, learning how to reamin calm, move slowly and observe, water entries, working toward a 3 minute dive and hunting with practice shots. Wrap up (15-20 minutes): Go over skills learned and things to work on, clean any fish caught for presentation.
What Kind of fish do we hunt?
This course is conservation focused. You will mainly target invasive species but provides educational materials on edible fish and their regulations including: tirggerfish, surgeonfish, and peacock grouper.
What do I need to bring?
Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water. Make sure to arrive having eaten breakfast.
Can you spearfish in Kona, Hawaii?
Yes. You can spearfish in most places in Kona but it's important to be aware of the few places where spearfishing is not allowed on the Big Island before you go. By joining a guided excursion you can be sure you will spearfish on Big Island legally and learn about local hunting practices.
Who is this Spearfishing Big Island Experience for?
Spearfishing on Big Island and specifically in Kona can be a challenge. Knowing where to go, what spearfishing gear to bring, and how to hunt the local marine life all while abiding by existing regulations can seem a bit daunting. With a knowledgeable guide who not only knows all of that and can help you refine your freediving and hunting skills you will learn all you need to know to get started in spearfishing in Kona, Hawaii.
Your guide will meet you at one of two locations depending on the conditions. When there is a strong south swell, you'll meet up north in Puako, and when there is a north swell or no swell, you will meet in Kona. Upon arrival you'll be outfitted with free diving and spearfishing gear. This includes the complete set. Your guide will then go over free diving physiology and technique on shore, including best practices for breathe ups. Your guide will also go over the spearfishing gear and its proper use and safety technique. The shore portion of the session will last around two hours.
After donning your gear, you will enter the water and begin the process of refining your freediving skills. Once you've gone over, freediving technique and some Safety, you'll begin learning best practices for spearfishing Big Island. This includes how to stay, calm, underwater, and while stocking pray. You'll also learn the skill set to dive down and position yourself underwater. This becomes much easier once you have the freediving skills and foundation in place. If you haven't yet, consider taking a freediving course with us before pursuing this guided spearfishing tour. This will get your foundational freediving skills in place which means you can spend more time on the complex challenge of hunting animals underwater. It can be difficult for newer divers to spearfish Kona. This is because there are many experienced divers already spearfishing here on the big island.
Big island is a great place to spearfish. This is because we have warm waters that are often calm and clear. While, this makes for great diving, it can make it more challenging to sneak up on prey. This requires a different set of skills than most spearfishing divers are used to. Fish are more likely to come to you when you are calm and relaxed on the bottom of the sea floor. There are also different techniques you can use to draw fish in closer. Whole some fish will stay put like our Roi (peacock grouper) it is not always so easy to spear them as they can be flighty.
For anyone new to spearfishing Big Island, this guided tour is a great way to get a leg up on spearfishing Konas reefs. Having an experienced guide, who can teach you technique, equipment, and theory, as well as local fishing regulations and rules is indispensable.