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Honolulu Fish Auction Tour

Honolulu Fish Auction Tour
“Outstanding experience and tour!”

As a precaution and in the public interest of slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, masks will be required for the duration of the tour and while on the premises of the Honolulu Fish Auction.

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This tour is a unique experience for visitors and locals alike.  The Honolulu Fish Auction is the only fresh tuna auction in the United States.  Please join us on a tour to see first-hand where Hawaii Seafood comes from and how it gets from the dock to restaurants and retail markets in the islands and mainland.  Find out what auction buyers look for in fish quality and the art of tuna grading.  See for yourself why Hawaii Seafood has earned the reputation as the “best in class” for quality, safety and sustainability.

The tour begins with viewing the fishing vessels dockside and a discussion of how the fish are harvested and handled to preserve quality and safety.  The daily life on a fishing vessel is described.  The regulatory requirements of the fishery are then emphasized because it is the science-based management system under NOAA and the regional council process that keeps the fishery operating within sustainable limits. The tour then traces the fish from the vessels into the fish auction facility.

On the auction floor, you will learn about how the fish are inspected to insure seafood safety and how a fish auction works. You have the opportunity to see the variety of fish landed and learn something about fish quality, seafood & health and seafood safety.   In summary, you will find out what is done to manage Hawaii’s fisheries and what makes Hawaii Seafood the “best in class” in terms of quality, safety and sustainability.

The Hawaii Seafood Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Hawaii’s well-managed and responsible fishing and seafood sectors through education, outreach and research on seafood quality, safety and sustainability.  By participating in this tour, you help us continue conducting the tours and also support our education program.

Honolulu Fish Auction Tour
“I’ve never seen a fish this big in real life.”

Hours & Admission

Tours are conducted, by RESERVATION ONLY, on selected Saturday mornings from 6:00am – 7:30am.  Please check the reservation calendar for availability.  Tour cost is $35 for adults and $25 for children 8 – 12 years old.  As a place of business the Honolulu Fish Auction does not allow unescorted access into the facility.  NOTE: Tours are not generally scheduled mid December to mid January.

How to Make Reservations

It’s easy!  Click Register Now to view open dates on our reservation calendar.  Select an open date.  Follow the instructions until you complete the credit card payment via Paypal (You do not need to have or create a Paypal account to complete payment).  Reservations must be received or cancelled at least 24 hours in advance.  For groups larger than 12, please contact us at or by phone at 808.521.5020.

Honolulu Fish Auction Tour
“Sustainability efforts are greatly appreciated!”

Instructions & Directions

All visitors…..

1) must be escorted for entry into the facility,
2) are required to wear closed-toe shoes,
3) will be required to step into a half-inch of water with sanitizer prior to entry,
4) should dress appropriately as the building temperature is set at 48°F,
5) must wear a face mask.

Detailed instructions and driving directions will be sent to you upon registration.


*As a place of business the Honolulu Fish Auction does not allow unescorted access into the facility.

*The amount and variety of fish available for viewing each day is unpredictable.

*The tour is not recommended for children under 8 years of age and those who have trouble walking on their own or those that are at greater risk to injury from falling including the elderly and pregnant women.

*Due to the environment and for safety reasons, the auction floor portion of the tour is not recommended for those in a wheelchair.