Manta rays—highly intelligent and highly threatened—are the largest rays in the world. The sea creatures live in tropical, subtropical, and temperate ocean waters across the globe. “Manta” means blanket or cloak in Spanish, describing the look of the animals’ large, flat, diamond-shaped bodies, which are characterized by triangular pectoral fins. Manta rays have two horn-shaped fins protruding from the front of their heads, which has also given them the nickname “devil fish.”
Captain Craig Hawkins has been fishing, surfing and diving in the Hawaiian Islands for over 30 years. Raised in Capistrano Beach, California, Craig dedicated his growing years to surfing and fishing the Southern California and Baja California coastlines, frequenting places like San Quintin, Todos Santos, Blacks, Trestles and Beach Road. In 1986 Craig set his sights on the Hawaiian Islands.
From the months of November through April, our warm tropical waters are home to the North Pacific stock of Humpback whales.
The Maria B. was designed and built in 2012 by R&B boats in Eugene, OR. The concept of our boat is to provide our cut bait("chunking" or "mooching") fisherman with plenty of desk space. The large deck is complimented with large fish/ice hold, 12 rod holders, bait cutting table, shade area, and all the tackle. The captain's helm is complimented with GPS, radar and fish finder.
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Frequently Asked Questions
You will have the boat exclusively. You can bring up to six passengers.
C. Hawk departs daily from the world famous Honokohau Harbor on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. We meet at the pier/boat ramp just North of the restrooms. See map below or follow our directions.
We offer two blocks of times for our trips, a morning and afternoon charter. The morning private charter last 5-hours and the afternoon private charter lasts 4 hours. We also offer upgrades or all day bookings if you are interested. We cater to your trip preference and interests. If you would like to fish all day, we can make sure you are on the fish searching for the big ones. If you want to fish a bit and then snorkel and view some wildlife, we can do that to! Just select your preference when you book your trip and we'll do our best to make your trip unforgettable!