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PWC jumping wake of a boat; prohibited sign on the image

PWC may be not operated between sunset and sunrise unless they are equipped with the proper navigation lights.

PWC must be operated in a responsible manner.

  • Watch constantly for skiers, divers, swimmers, boats, and other PWC.
  • Avoid wave jumping and passing close to other vessels.
  • Do not use alcohol before or during PWC operation.
  • Do not exceed “slow, no wake speed” within 300 feet of the shoreline.
  • Do not operate a PWC within a marine life conservation district or marine natural area reserve.
  • Do not operate more than two miles from the nearest land.
  • Follow the most direct route possible, consistent with safety considerations, when traveling to and from designated PWC operating areas.

In designated Ocean Recreation Management Areas (ORMAs), operate only in areas designated for PWC/thrill craft.

In non-designated ORMAs, you must transit to a point 500 feet from the shoreline or the outer edge of the fringing reef (whichever is greater) before operating freely.

  • Do not operate:
    • Within 500 feet of the shoreline or inside the seaward edge of the fringing reef
    • Seaward beyond two miles from the nearest land off the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii
    • Around the islands of Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, and Niihau
  • Do not land and/or pick up passengers except at approved launch sites.

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