Welcome to the Division of Boating & Ocean Recreation (DOBOR)

DOBOR aims to preserve Hawaiʻi’s natural and cultural resources while ensuring public access to State waters and enhancing the ocean experience.

COVID-19 RESPONSE

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective March 26, 2022 the requirement to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination or proof of negative Covid-19 test result to enter a State government building or facility has ended.

Visit DOBOR’s COVID-19 Q&A page for the latest updates.

Covid-19 artist rendering

DOBOR HARBOR AND FACILITY NOTICES

  • EFFECTIVE TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022, AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE MAUI DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE MAALAEA SMALL BOAT HARBOR OFFICE, WILL BE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS.  SEE THE MAUI DISTRICT PAGE OR THE MAALAEA SBH PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.
  • KAHANA LAUNCH RAMP TO CLOSE DURING REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS SLATED TO BEGIN 1/3/2022. SEE THE POST.
  • HONOKOHAU HARBOR CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 7, 2022.  All transactions and vessel registration and titling processed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays except State holidays.

 

HOT TOPICS

NORTH KAWAIHAE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT BEGINS  03/22/22. Demolition, grading, and paving for the boat ramp approach and gravel parking lot will limit access.  Visit the Kawaihae SBH page for details. 

 

ALA WAI SBH WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECT SLATED TO BEGIN MARCH 7, 2022.  SEE THE POST.

 

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND MARINE DEBRIS OFFSHORE.  SEE THE POST.

 

IT’S WHALE SEASON AGAIN.  DO YOU WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER A WHALE WHILE OUT ON YOUR BOAT?  HERE ARE SUGGESTED PROCEDURES FOR VESSEL PROXIMITY AND SPEED SO YOU CAN ENJOY YOUR ENCOUNTER.  SEE THE WEB PAGE: BOATING WITH WHALES.

 

BOATING SAFETY IS ALWAYS A HOT TOPIC.  GET BOATING SAFETY TIPS HERE.

 

PASSENGER REPORT FORM (FILLABLE PDF) – TO FILE AND PAY FOR COMMERCIAL PASSENGER VESSEL LANDINGS AT LAHAINA SBH, KAILUA PIER AND MANELE SBH IS NOW AVAILABLE.  DOWNLOAD THE FORM OR ACCESS IT ON DOBOR’S FORM PAGE IN THE HARBOR USER/COMMERCIAL OPERATOR TABLE.

 

FEDERAL LAW ON FIRE EXTINGUISHER REQUIREMENTS FOR RECREATIONAL VESSELS HAS BEEN AMENDED – SEE THE POST

 

NOAA ANNOUNCES NEW RULES TO PROTECT SPINNER DOLPHINS.  SEE THE POST.

 

 

OPERATORS OF COMMERCIAL VESSELS – BE AWARE OF YOUR ACCIDENT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS.

 

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THRILL CRAFT  —-  PERSONAL WATERCRAFT  —-  JET SKIS

 

THRILL CRAFT CERTIFICATION CLASS SIGN-UP.  SEE THE POST.

 

TOW-IN SURFING CERTIFICATION NOW AVAILABLE. SEE THE POST.

 

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MANDATORY BOATING SAFETY EDUCATION – JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW: Click here for details.

MANDATORY GROUNDING INSURANCE: As of 3/1/20, all vessels 26′ and longer are required to have grounding insurance.  Click here for details.

JOIN THE REGISTRY OF CERTIFIED VESSEL OPERATORS.

WHAT’S THE LATEST ON THRILL CRAFT CERTIFICATION?

REPORT MARINE DEBRIS.

UNABLE TO FIND WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR?  CLICK ON THIS LINK AND EMAIL THE WEBMASTER. Please allow some time for a reply. 

OTHER NEWS

DELINQUENT ACCOUNT REMINDER: Effective 5/1/21, pursuant to HAR Section 13-234-2, DOBOR began assessing interest and delinquency service charges to all delinquent accounts.  Click here for details.

NEW VESSEL TITLING CHANGES BEING IMPLEMENTED. See the post. 

LAHAINA SMALL BOAT HARBOR FERRY PIER IMPROVEMENT PROJECT:  See the post.

HOTLINE AVAILABLE TO REPORT MARINE ANIMAL HOOKING AND ENTANGLEMENT:  See the post.

REPORT SIGHTINGS OF HAWKSBILL TURTLES

REPORT SIGHTINGS OF PROTECTED SPECIES IN HAWAII

WARNING FOR BOATERS OPERATING IN WATERS OFF EWA, OAHU:

There has been a recent increase in the number of vessels encroaching on a prohibited area seaward of Ewa Beach, Oahu that is identified in 33 CFR 334.1370 and applicable nautical charts IVO Puuloa U/W range (adjacent to the rifle range).  THIS AREA IS RESTRICTED AT ALL TIMES. For your own safety, do not approach or enter prohibited zones marked on nautical charts.

ANNOUNCEMENTS