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Kona Deep Sea Marlin Fishing Charter

Location: Kona, Big Island

During this private charter you are invited to experience the Blue Marlin Capital of The Pacific, Kona Hawaii. All of our sport fishingcharters are private so it is just your group, the captain, and the crew. We have a capacity for 6 people so feel free to bring your friends and family along. We cater to all age groups including children. Let us show you the BEST fishing destination on the planet!

At Grander Marlin our focus in on Marlin…the bigger the better, and helping you finally hook up with the fish of your dreams. Kona is the only place in the world where blue marlins over 1000lbs have been caught in every month of the year. The calm flat seas are prime conditions almost all year round, and so is the spectacular sunny weather. If marlins aren’t your thing, we are also equipped to target any other species you desire, including ono, ahi, and mahi-mahi.

Captain Chris Donato has been passionate about fishing all his life, and more than a decade of that experience is in the south pacific islands. His boat, The Benchmark is docked close to one of the very best fishing spots in the area. Best of all, you don’t need to bring any equipment, Chris and his team provide everything you need for a fantastic day. Gear, techniques, and experience all add up to become the best game fishing encounter around.

Whether you are a novice first time angler or a seasoned expert, our goal is to make sure you, your family, and all your friends have a truly spectacular day. Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with your very own “big fish tale” to tell!

The Charter Boat - "Benchmark"

The Benchmark is a 37" Merritt built by avid fisherman, Buddy Merritt. Buddy built what he perceived to be the perfect fishing boat. His 37 foot fishing boats were built for one purpose: to raise and catch fish. In all, 13 of these famed 37-footers were built and we have Hull #5

She was purchased by us and renamed “BENCHMARK” and located in Western Samoa where she fished for several years. She then traveled to Fiji and now is in Kona, Hawaii which is where she will stay – combing the flat calm Kona seas.

Captain Chris Donato

Captain Chris Donato has been fishing all his life and has spent the good part of a decade fishing the south pacific islands and exploring bites all through the islands, enjoying live bait fishing, lure fishing and dead bait techniques, specializing in heavy tackle Blue Marlin fishing with experience in light tackle as well.

Some off Captain Donato’s accomplishments include...

  • Only boat to catch over 100 marlin in Samoa
  • 2008 Sigfa International Tournament- Largest Blue Marlin
  • 2010 Pago Pago International Tournament- 1st Place Tag & Release
  • 2012 Sigfa International Tournament- Top Local Boat
  • 2013 I’a Lapo’a GameFish Tournament-1st Place Largest Blue Marlin
  • Current All tackle Samoan Blue Marlin record 1025 lbs

Photography Available

We are now partnered with Joe Byrum. Joe is an accomplished photographer who rides along on all of our charters taking professional photos of the days action. You can pay $150 for a collection of all the photos of your day or you can purchase individual photos off of him while you are here on your trip at a per photo price. He is also able to arrange Professional prints of your trophy catch with a variety of options including Aluminum, Wood, Canvas, Acrylic Glass, and traditional photo paper.

3/4 Day Charter

This great option is 6 hours on the water. If you are short on time this is by far the best option. It still gives us plenty of time to get you in the big fish zone for the bite and will get you back shortly after lunch time.

Full Day Charter

This is by far the most popular charter! The full day charter will give you 8 total hours searching for big fish. This charter provides a lot of quality time to get you in the zone through a tide cycle to help us capitalize on the bite of a lifetime.

Hemingway Marlin Charter

This is for the serious angler! This special 12 hour day is designed to chase Marlin. A lot of other operators don’t do this, but we are Marlin Fanatics and love putting the time in on the water - We suggest this charter to anyone who wants the best odds at a Blue Marlin and doesn’t mind putting in the extra hours. This is also a really great option if you only have one day to fish and want to make the most of it. You will also get to see a spectacular Kona sunset along the way.


4-12 Hours


74-425 Kealakehe Pkwy, Honokohau Harbor, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-2708. Slip #B-01

Cancellation Policy

Customers will receive a full refund with 48 hours notice of cancellation. Customers will also receive a full refund in case of operator cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Contact us by phone to cancel or inquire about a cancellation. No-shows will be charged the full price.