If you decide you'd like to see a bit of Oahu but you really don't want to rent a car the hop on the popular bus #52 Wahiawa-Circle Island which will take you to places like Pearl Harbor, Waimea, Sunset Beach and Turtle Bay as well as circuling around the east par of the cost and then it returns to Waikiki. You can get on the bus and not get off which will take about 5 hours or you can stop at any of the locations mentioned above. The bus operates daily from about 6.30 a.m. until 8.30 p.m.
For a more detail description of the buses and locations, check out the link below.
I've visited three of the outer islands, The Big Island, Kaui and Maui and on all of these visits I have flown Hawaiian Airlines. They have a very large selection of times flying all of the island airports with competitive prices.
We've been lucky to get some really good prices with times that worked for us. During our last trip to Maui we paid about $85 rt which is about the average price we have paid on our past trips.
They have some excellent specials and you just may be able to grab a $39 one way deal to some of the islands, just make sure to book your flights in advance.
Check out their website for current specials and the available prices.
The shuttle is a great and inexpensive way to get to/from Waikiki and the airport. The shuttle takes you directly to your hotel.
From the baggage area at the airport, pick up the phone and dial directly to the shuttle service which will pick you up at a designated area. You can also dial toll free, or arrange it at your hotel with your concierge.
Prices vary depending on location of drop-off or pick-up, but we paid $15 one way each to and from the Sheraton.
We always do a lot of walking whenever we travel to Oahu. Since we usually stay in a centrally located hotel along Kalakaua Avenue everything we enjoy is within walking distance, like most hotels, restaurants, shops and nightlife. Besides, who wants to be stuck in a cab or bus when the weather is great for walking?
Ferni and I like exploring new places, and walking usually allows us to stop in at our leisure at a bar, shop or restaurant.
I have rented a car four times on seven visits to Oahu and I will say that it is a great way to explore the island on your own. I do like to explore as much as I can the other parts of the isalnd and I would recommend that if you are looking into renting a car then do your homework and if at all possible, reserve your car ahead of time, especially if you are traveling during peak season. You can find rental car companies in Waikiki if you decide later on to rent a car, but my advice is to rent the car at the airport location, where you will get a more competitive price.
You can find all the major rental car companies which make the prices quite competitive.
The first time we rented a car, the rental company, which I think was Avis, in Waikiki had rates about $30 more per day. We decided to call the airport location and we got better rates.
On my last trip, I made the car rental reservations with a car rental company on line. The rental company was Thrifty, what gave us the best available rate for about $35 including damage waiver protection. It was well worth the added expensive and effort to pick up the car from the rental location at the airport, but we were able to save money while still being able to explore the rest of Oahu at our own pace and leisure.
If you have a favorite rental car company that you prefer, you will definitely find them at the airport. If you didn't make reservations prior to arriving, you can still rent a car if you go to the kiosks at the airport and dial the company on their direct phone line reservation centers.
The Waikiki Trolley has been driving people around since 1980 and covers some of the major historical attractions and shopping. There are 4 main routes: Honolulu City Line/Historical Tour (Red); Ocean Coast Line/Panoramic Tour (Blue); Scenic/Diamond Head Tour (Yello) and; Ala MOana Shoppin Shuttle (Pink).
Depending on your desire, there are day and multi day passes and different price ranges. Check out their website for a full detail of prices (i.e. a combo day pass for red and pick is $25 per adult, $15 per child 4-11).
I personally didn't ride the trolley, but this can be a good way for any visitor to travel.
An inexpensive and easy way to get around O'ahu is by TheBus. You can get to just about anywhere in O'ahu and paying is easy. The fare per ride is $2 and a free transfer is provided if needed which can be used within two hours.
There is also a Visitor's Pass which provides free-unlimited rides for a 4 consecutive days. The passes can be purchased at any ABC Stores in Waikiki and the price of a visitor pass is $20.
I've taken a taxi both to and from the Honolulu International Airport on several occasions and most recently in January 2012. Fares have increased by more than a few dollars than from our prior trips.
What I really don't care for is the traffic you encounter no matter what time of day. The taxi ride should take about 30-35 minutes, but more like 45-50 during peak commuting time.
On our most recent trip we paid about $45 plus tip.
My wife and I arrived in Oahu via Celebrity's Century. This was a 15 night cruise that departed from San Diego. We arrived in Oahu around 5:30 am and spent the whole day until Midnight before departing for our next port.
We made the decision not to rent a car while on Oahu mainly because the city traffic is so bad, about the fifth worst in the nation!
The Trolleys were started back in 1986 by a Japanese Tour company to help Japanese tourist get around. They became quite popular and today, there is a fleet of more than 50 trolleys.are different routes that can take you shopping or sightseeing. The different lines are colored to take you to your desired destinations.
On our visit in 2012 we discovered the trolley lines have shrunk drastically due to the extremely high fuel prices. It is still a worthwhile ticket to purchase if you are going to be in Waikiki for 5 days or more. It just does not go as far around the island as it used to.
Take the Honolulu City Line (Red) to explore the cultural and historic background of Hawaii. Stops include the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Maritime Center and take the Green line to Kahala Mall where there is a Whole Foods martket! Just make sure you know what time the last trolley is otherwise you will be out of luck! It is not a cheap cab ride back to Waikiki either. Great drivers make the trolley a lot of fun. A great way to see the island for very little money.
The Shopping Line (Pink)) will take you to Aloha Marketplace and Waikiki's Kalakaua Avenue, where a variety of eateries and stores are offered. You can also use it to go to the Ala Moana Shopping Mall and the Wards Center.
An all day pass runs about $25.00 but look in all the coupon books there is usually 2 for 1 coupons to be had.
Update: 2012: The trolley operations are now out of the DFS (Duty Free Shopping building). This is the main "terminal for trolley tours. I was able to book a 7 day pass that was for 2 people for $90
The Pink trolley is either free if you stay at certain hotels (the Ohana chain included) or $2 if you don't. It runs a regular route around Waikiki with its key destination the Ala Moana Shopping Center. The trolley normally gets packed so don't be surprised if you have to stand.
Staying at an Ohaha hotel we had a stop at the front door to very easy off an on however, keep an eye on the route it takes. The trolley goes in and around Waikiki so a stop 50 metres from your hotel may in fact get you home a lot earlier.
A great way to go!! As this was for a very special birthday, Angie got to fly Business class - she took me too so all good at home lol. The lie flat bed was brilliant on the trip home from LA - got 9 hours sleep when I normally get 6 at best.
American Airlines will always be my choice of airline when I travel for pleasure and I've been lucky that I have been able to get some really excellent airfare deals on every single one of my trips. I have been to Oahu 7 times now and will continue to come here as long as the prices are right :) On our most recent trip we paid only $345 rt from NYC!!
The flights from New York City are quite long and if you choose to fly American Airlines you will never fly direct. All the flights to Oahu from NYC make connecting stops in either Dallas, Los Angeles or Chicago (they no longer fly from San Francisco). This makes the flight to Oahu more bearable as the total flying time is about 11-12 hours. We've connected in all the cities including Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. During our recent trip in January 2012 we connected in Dallas both ways,
One thing that you should note is that American Airlines does not provide you with any meals on what they consider domestic flights, and Hawaii is considered a domestic flight although flying times are more than 5 hours. They do have for purchase their on-board meals which consists of sandwiches, crackers and chips, which must be purchased with a credit card, no cash is allowed. Better yet, make sure to bring your own food prior to boarding your flight.
there's a shuttle service that provides affordable transportation from Aloha Tower (where you and all cruise ships will dock), to Pearl Harbor. It's $15 per person round trip. The company is called Reliable Shuttle.
Also, you can catch the public bus straight to Pearl Harbor. From Aloha Tower it's the #20 from stop id #896. It's at the junction of Ala Moana Blvd & Richards St. It won't take more than 1 hour. Try Google it, you'll see it's quite convenient as well plus you get to see how the locals commute.
You could also broker deals with taxi drivers but that will prob cost you more. I'm guessing at least $60 for a round trip.
Hope this helps. Aloha.
Many visitors to the Hawaiian Islands come through Honolulu International Airport. From here, you can get a shuttle flight to other islands.
Be aware of multiple checks for items which cannot be taken onto the mainland US (animals, produce, plants, etc). This is separate from the routine security check.
The airport was originally built as the John Rodgers Airport in 1927. In order to create a long enough runway/landing strip, the Keehi Lagoon was dredged and the sand and soil used to create the current "runway island."
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