Getting Around Kauai

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    Rental Cars

    by Stephen-KarenConn Written Nov 23, 2005

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    Although there is limited bus service available on Kauai, you will need a rental car to take best advantage of the multitude of sightseeing opportunities. We put almost 500 miles on our car in six days, and still didn't have time to explore every road that beckoned us.

    Kauai has a population of less than 60,000 people, and draws an average of about 80,000 visitors per month, so a very large percentage of automobiles you see on the road will be rentals. Several international rental companies have outlets at the Lihue airport. Expect prices for car rentals and for gasoline to be about 40% higher than those you will find on the U.S. mainland.

    Karen with our Rented Dodge Stratus on Kauai
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    by KauaiFinn Written May 29, 2005

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    PLEASE: Understand the "rules" of the road on Kauai before getting behind the wheel.

    #1) On the one-lane bridges: FIrst come, first serve - and usually the proper thing is to allow 4-5 cars cross and if you are #6 and see others on the other side waiting to cross and a pile of cars behind you: STOP and wait your turn to cross once you see the traffic coming from the other side stop for you.

    #2) As we say; "Dis ain't the mainland - SLOW DOWN!!!" -- at the same time: If you are having a leisurely drive and wanting to soak it all in: PULL OVER and allow traffic to pass you, and then continue on your leisurely dirve and ENJOY!!!!!!!!!!

    #3) BE SAFE. And remember: Street laws apply regardless of the fact that you are on vacation. Obey the speed limits & street signs - and PLEASE: wear your seatbelts --- and finally: Don't drink and drive....

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    If you are questioning Renting A Car--I say...

    by AliasGirl Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    If you are trying to decide on renting a car and can swing it within your budget..I say yes, do it!

    We rented a convertible Mustang and drove all around the island, to different restaurants and many, many water falls. It gives you the convienance to travel as you please and check out the island from end to end. You can also stop and see the many water falls and discover your own 'off the beaten path' locales.

    Tip #1: Bring a picnic lunch and stop under a shady tree to enjoy a few stolen moments.

    Tip #2: Take this opportunity to stop at a supermarket and pick up sundrys, snacks, water etc. It will be much cheaper than your hotel sundry shop.

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    Flights to Kauai

    by mwkwan Written Aug 2, 2004

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    The major airlines will fly you to Honolulu. Aloha or Hawaiian have frequent flights to Lihue. It is not quite 30 minutes flight from HNL. Once there it is best to rent a car. All the major rental companies are at the airport. You can rent a car for about $30-40 a day. Look for internet deals.

    Aloha Flight from YVR

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    by kyoub Written Jul 15, 2004

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    Nearly every visitor to Kauai drives around in a rental car. The roads are good shape and it is easy to find your way around.
    The best way to make sure that there is a car available when you arrive is to book ahead.
    There are not enough autos to go around, especially at high season.

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    You really need a car

    by cyndyj1 Written Mar 22, 2004

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    You really need to rent a car on Kauai. Any kind of car will do - the cheapest little subcompact will handle almost all of the roads. There is very little public transportation, and there is so much to see and do on Kauai that you are cheating yourself if you do not get a car.

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    by Andraf Written Dec 6, 2003

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    Our Kauai package included a rental car, the cheapest available, what in US is called a "compact car". Before we left a friend advised us to upgrade to a convertible if possible, because in his words "Hawai has the perfect weather for a convertible". The upgrade was $10/day and since Cris had just got his Christmas bonus we went for it. It was really fun driving in a convertible (I've never done it before). It wasn't so fun for our friends who were riding in the back; at least not until we realized we have to keep the windows up. Kauai truly had the perfect weather.

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    Biplane around the island!

    by SUSAMY Updated Nov 15, 2003

    The biplane tour takes you around the whole island for an hour. Super cool tour to take! The plane is a reproduction of an honest biplane, complete with dope-wings. You get to see it all from a biplane!

    Just one of a million amazing sights from the air!
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  • Getting There

    by Hawaii-5-0 Updated Aug 31, 2002

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    Airport to Kalalau trail is about 40 miles.

    Bus system on Kauai is NOT friendly or accomodation to backpackers.Anything larger than a grocery bag, they won't let you on bus to Hanalei.
    Cabs cost between $60-80.
    Legal to hitch hike on Kauai.Caution.
    1.Car rental is last resort.
    I would not advise anyone to park their car at the end of the road where the trail begins.Instead, park car at Haena State park and walk back 1/4 mile to trail.Haena State Part has a lighted area,people are camping at the park,and there is less chance of your car being stolen or broken into.Leaving vehicles overnight at the begining of the trail is not recommended.

    2.Another option would be to rent car, transport people and equiptment to Haena State Park,while your friends or partner is setting up camp,return the rental car to airport, catch bus to Hanalei, hitch hike to Haena State Park; camp over one night and start on the Kalalau trail early the next morning. Save on car rental fees while hiking and camping.

    3.Third option is to negotiate a round trip price with a cab driver.Agree to meet and pick up at a certain time and date.50% now, 50% latter.

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    Watch for the bridges!

    by GracesTrips Updated Oct 21, 2014

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    On the north shore, there are several bridges. They are only wide enough for a single vehicle. Therefore, they cannot accomodate 2-way traffic. Be courteous!

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    Rent a car

    by geekgrrl Written Sep 6, 2002

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    There is so much to see on Kauai in terms of natural beauty that it is truly worth renting a car and exploring on your own. It is impossible to get lost on Kauai.

    Waimea Canyon Road

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