Getting Around In Hawaii…
Transportation is one of a traveler’s key concerns when visiting Hawaii.
While the islands in Hawaii are relatively small, many attractions are far apart from one another and it is thus recommended to hire a car or hop onto hotel guest shuttles if you want to go sightseeing.
Traveling Around islands
If you are visiting Oahu, there is nothing to worry about, because the island has an excellent public transport system that is accessible to tourists in Honolulu and Waikiki. For instance, TheBus system in Oahu covers the entire island, including major tourist sites. This public bus also runs to and from the airport, though large luggage items are disallowed on board. Bus fares must be paid in exact cash, and cost about US$2 for adults and US$1 for children aged 6 to 17 years. If you intend to travel a lot during your stay, it is wise to get a four-day pass for US$20 from any ABC Store in Waikiki. All bus stops are indicated with a yellow ‘TheBus’ sign.
Alternatively, you can hire a car, van or jeep to get around the islands more conveniently. Major rental companies include Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz and National. You need to be above 21 years with a valid driving licence and credit card before being able to book a vehicle. Rental rates start at US$35 per day, with some companies offering discounts.
A more environmentally-friendly option would be to cycle around town. You can hire bicycles at all major tourist areas. Motorcycles and scooters can also be hired. Safety helmets are necessary for riders under 18.
Moreover, taxis can be hailed on the streets in Honolulu and Waikiki. The taxi fare from Waikiki to Honolulu International Airport is approximately US$30 to US$40. It is customary to give tips of 10 to 15 per cent.
In addition, there are airport shuttle buses provided by the Airport Waikiki Express to bring passengers to their designated hotels in Oahu. The frequency of the service is about 20 to 25 minutes and cost US$9 to US$15 for return trips. On Maui and the Big Island, the SpeediShuttle serves Kahului and Kailua-Kona airports respectively.
Traveling Between islands
Traveling between the Hawaiian Islands is common for many visitors. There are two main modes of travel – by air or by sea. Inter-island flights are offered by various airlines, such as Aloha Airlines, Hawaiian Air, Island Air and Pacific Wings. If you wish to travel by sea, look no further than the enormous SuperFerry that sails passengers from Oahu to Maui, Big Island and Kauai. Besides ferries, there are also luxury cruises for a more comfortable experience.