When we arrived at the airport in Oahu, I couldn't believe how many limos waiting at the curb just outside of the airport. I thought, boy, there's either a lot of stars arriving today or they just held the Miss Universe Pageant. Well, it was neither! To my surprise, I later found that limos charge about the same going rate to and from the airport as a beat-up old taxi (give or take a fiver)! You too can feel like a very important person for a very moderate price! In 2000, the standard taxi fare to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel from the airport was about $30 one way for one person or more. The cost for a limo was nly about $35!
One way to see a little around Waikiki & Honolulu is the Free Shuttle trolly that take you to an outlet store - Hilo Hatties.
Ask hotel reception where your nearest pick up point is.
See picture for what to look out for.
Photo by Joan Johnson
There are different ways of travelling around the islands and within Honolulu. If you just wanted to go shop at Ala Moana, you can just hop into the bus. The city bus stops in Ala Moana Center. Just for a $2.00 you get to and fro the city. Find out more about the bus by calling the information line 808-848-5555.
Some tourists get into the pink trolley - it has double sided seats and gives you better views of the Waikiki Beach and the beach shops. This runs raily every nine minutes.
Roberts Hawaii brings tourists to the Polynesian Cultural Center and a trip around the island. If you wanted something different, mopeds are being rented out and the smart cars are also available.
We stayed on 4 different islands while visiting Hawaii. We rented a car on each island. I will admit that it did get a little old to have to wait in the rental car lines 4 times, but it was well worth it. It was very reasonably priced...I think we paid less than $300 for a compact car on each island....total of 3 weeks. We used Dollar, but I think the others are comparable.
Just a little advice before you start planning: DO NOT trust advice from a travel agent about what is "best".
Unless they've traveled to the destination many times - which most agents have not - they are simply spewing the marketing garbage they are fed by the trade publications they get in the mail. And those guides' BEST ratings are usually based on who paid the most for the listing.
On top of that, agents are going to steer you in the direction that pays them the highest commission or what is on their "hot list" and not quite what is best for you. As an example, you may end up in a $400+/night fancy hotel rather than a $150/night place that would have been your true choice. The reverse of this could also be true.
Although travel agents get discounted travel and are offered "fam trips" (familiarization trips), very few go on them. After all, if they went on all of the trips offered them, they would not have time to work. Besides, when on official fam trips, they are usually whisked away on a Friday afternoon only to return by Sunday evening. The whole time they were at their destination they were pushed and pulled from place to place in a blitzkrieg with not much time to soak it all in.
Plan your own trip!
Stick to advice you get from this site since there are so many great pages from people who are passionate about it (be cautious of banner ads here).
Use the guidebooks in the section above.
Read as many VT pages as possible since so many offer simple suggestions that you may overlook while trying to plan your vacation on one of those big travel sites.
Ask as many questions as you can in the forums.
Then use an agent, if you so desire, to just make reservations for you.
I prefer to plan my trips a la carte and make my reservations directly. In my opinion, it makes for a much more enjoyable trip.
There are many different ways to get to Hanauma Bay ,you can come by car, I took the Bus from Waikiki.
You can get bus 58 from anywhere on Kuhio Avenue and it will take you to Hanauma Bay
Two thinks to remember , this Bus only comes once an hour, and second Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays.The Parking cost $ 1.00 per car and the parking is limited.
Besides the Bus there are Trolleys , or you can take a taxi cab.
TheBus is the nations top rated MTL (mass transit lines) and will take you almost anywhere on the island of O'ahu for $1.50 (adult fare) and .75cents (child/school age fare) The buses run pretty much on schedule, barring any major traffic jams. I believe all the buses are also air-conditioned. You can get bus schedules from any satellite city hall along with various other outlets and hotel lobbies.
BTW, if it's too far from home to get to the bus stop, you can ride your bike there, and the buses are equipped with bike racks in the front so your bike can go with you!
While driving/parking can be difficult (especially in Waikiki), the bus system on Oahu is actually not to bad.... ($1.50 a ride)
You can get one free time limited transfer ticket that the driver usually doesn't check very close. Hold onto it until they pry it from your cold dead fingers...
There is a shuttle bus that came pick us up from our hotel at the Pacific Beach Hotel to go to the Atlantis Cruise ship. The shuttle bus is operated by the Hilton Village Hotel and goes from one hotel to another.
JULY 2006 UPDATE: The first paragraph below is not quite true anymore. However, you should still check national carrier airfares from your hometown to Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake, or Oakland and then check fares on Hawaiian or US Airways from there to the islands to see if there is a deal to be had.
When checking airfares, it is usually cheaper to get flights through Los Angeles than San Francisco. The savings can go from $50 to $100 per ticket. For us, buying separate tickets from Orlando to LA and then LA to Honolulu (sometimes on different carriers) we can save about $350 on two tickets rather than buying tickets from Orlando to Honolulu from one airline as a single flight (your mileage may vary). Break your trip into segments and search for tickets to see if you can save $$, too. Be mindful of allowing a longer layover (maybe 3 hours) since you possibly have to claim and then recheck your luggage if you are on separate airlines. However, you may be able to get the airline to transfer your luggage to the other for you. Just ask at the ticket counter and have your other tickets handy for verification.
You definitely need a rental car. On Kaua‘i or the Big Island, a 4WD is handy for the off-the-beaten-path places. Without it, your exploration capabilities become limited.
Renting a car while on your visit to Hawaii is an excellent way of getting around to all the sights that you want to see. It is also by far the easiest. Whether it's driving up to the North Shore of Oahu, or taking the road to Hana on Maui, you can set your own schedule and pace by having a car at your disposal. Car rental agencies are very prevalent on the islands. Major chains such as Hertz and National have branches scattered about. You can generally arrange for one to be picked up upon your arrival at any of the airports, or have your hotel set up a rental after getting settled in. Most compact cars rent for around $30 - $40 per day, depending on which island you are visiting. And if you opt for a Jeep or an SUV, the prices jump up substantially. Word of warning, try to be as conservative as possible with your gas mileage on the islands. Prices are way more expensive here than anywhere on the mainland. But since you will be on a relatively small island, and unless you plan on hydroplaning to Tahiti, don't let it be a major concern.
If you are staying in Waikiki, be sure to rent a car for one day so that you can see all the sights outside of the heavily touristed area. Driving in Hawaii is simple, and it is easy to see the whole islad in just 1 day. Be sure to shop around for the best deals.
remember that this is a very, very wet island. With very, very red dirt. Wear clothes that you don't mind turning dirty red and shoes that you don't mind being caked with mud. Remember: a hose is a good thing.
The best way for traveling is to rent a car. We've stayed in Hawaii with a host-family and they've driven us exploring Hawaii. Experienced bikers can rent bycicles and circle Hawaii in a bike. It looks cool, but I didn't try.
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.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
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