Getting Around Kauai

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    Lihue Airport

    by Etoile2B Updated Jan 24, 2009

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    Lihue Airport is a small, semi-open air airport and the major point of entry for the island of Kauai. There are a small number of flights directly between Lihue and the mainland but a majority of visitors will have to change planes in Honolulu to get to Kauai. If you are flying to or from another Hawaiian Island you will need to change planes in Honolulu to get to or from Kauai. Though this airport is small you will find many of the conveniences of any other airport. There are also advantages to flying in and out of this small airport: baggage can be collected at baggage claim more quickly than at a larger airport and the people working here are so nice making it easier to get individualized help. Another plus, all the rental car agency desks are found directly across the street from baggage claim, in case you want to search out better deals face to face and counter to counter and the cars are easily found right behind those same counter so no shuttles. It’s easy in, easy out, close to town and Lihue is pretty central so it makes it easy to get away to the north or south side of the island in no time at all.

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    Rent a car to get around

    by malianrob Written Dec 16, 2007

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    The best way to get around the island is to rent a car. I dont think I even saw a bus or a taxi ever so rent a car so you have the freedom to do what you want.
    Renting a car though is not cheap. It is pretty expensive just like everything else on this island.
    We rented a jeep for four days and it was $362. This also included a car seat. Gas is pricey also but it was around the same price we pay in Los Angeles.

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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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    Fly here

    by malianrob Written Dec 16, 2007

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    We took an inter-island flight to Kauai from Oahu. It took us about 20 minutes to get here so it was a quick flight. There is supposed to be a super ferry thats going to be available (if it isnt already) that will take you to the different islands also.

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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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    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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    Rent A Car

    by Etoile2B Written Jan 22, 2009

    Unless you’re visiting the island on a cruise or an organized tour you are going to need to rent a car to get around. Kauai easy to navigate and small enough that with a car you will be able to easily see the entire island. I would recommend making a reservation for a car prior to arriving. If you make a reservation directly through one of the major rental car companies you can cancel, even the day of, without incurring a penalty. The rental car agencies are all directly across the street from baggage claim in the Lihue airport, making it easy if you want to try and “shop around” to get a better rate or finagle a free or discounted upgrade to a Jeep or convertible.

    Our rental car.
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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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  • HERTZ Rental car

    by phantom1947 Written Oct 2, 2011

    DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use HERTZ when you come here.
    I am a 14 year GOLD CLUB member and have never been trated so badly anywhere as here.
    Shuttle Bus was inoperative when we arrived at 1730 hrs,reservation was not put up and the desk people were so rude I wanted to slap them.
    NOT a good image to portray!!!!

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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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