Boating & Ocean Recreations

HONOLULU – The popularity of manta ray viewing sites at Makako Bay (Garden Eel Cove) along the coastline fronting the Sheraton Keauhou Bay on the Big Island’s Kona coast has captured media, state and federal attention. These manta ray viewing opportunities are unique worldwide and tours are conducted in two specific areas where mantas tend to congregate at night to feed on plankton. In recent years it has come to the attention of the DLNR that commercial manta ray night snorkeling and diving at these two popular sites has expanded considerably and the activity is in need of regulation in order to preserve the resource and prevent the dangers posed by overcrowding. The DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) is actively engaged in responsibly investigating the tour operations taking place and working to further regulate manta tour activities for safety and for the environment.

HONOLULU -- A volunteer clean-up of trash within the Ala Wai small boat harbor is planned for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27. Puma Punku Ocean Clean Up, Inc. is a new non-profit business formed to clean the ocean of plastic and marine debris.

HONOLULU — A state boating administrative rule that is now permanent continues the ban on alcohol and drug use, and disorderly behavior, at the Kane‘ohe Sandbar, also known as Ahu O Laka.

HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), will hold public hearings on proposed amendments to revise thrill craft zones and restrictions within Keehi Lagoon, Oahu.

KAHULUI – The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) will implement a new parking plan in the Maalaea Small Boat Harbor beginning Monday, August 3, 2015.

HILO -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) has awarded a contract to American Marine Corporation to dredge the entrance channel of Wailoa Small Boat Harbor and a portion of the inner basin to depth of 8.0' below MLLW (mean lower low water level).

DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES News Release DAVID Y. IGE GOVERNOR SUZANNE D. CASE CHAIRPERSON For Immediate News Release July 13, 2015  WORK BEGINS THIS WEEK ON MA‘ALAEA SMALL BOAT HARBOR FERRY PIER MA‘ALAEA, MAUI — The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation begins a $2.8 million project ...
Read More 07/13/15 – Work Begins This Week On Maalaea Small Boat Harbor Ferry Pier

HONOLULU -- Ocean users, especially those who live near and recreate on Maunalua Bay, are invited to submit nominations for Maunalua Bay Recreation Advisory Committee (M-RAC) members between July 1 to July 8, 2015.

KAILUA-KONA, HAWAII – A Kona fishing charter boat captain died today after being fatally injured by a broadbill swordfish he had just speared in Honokohau small boat harbor on Hawaii Island

Honolulu – When the 55-foot sailing vessel Doubloon broke apart off Mission Beach in Laie, it left a 1/2 mile long path of debris. Today staff from the DLNR Land Division and Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR) used trash cans, rakes, an ATV and sheer manpower to remove several truckloads of wood, plastic and other materials left after the boat became disabled and sank early Tuesday morning. The debris was so extensive and its path was so long that crews plan to return tomorrow to finish up their work.