Oahu is an incredible place to visit. You can take the Pearl Harbor tour, visit the Dole Plantation, shop at malls, hit the beach, and explore the tropical landscape. But with so much to do, how do you get from place to place?
Traveling In Oahu
There are several options for getting around in Oahu. One of the most popular is to rent a car and drive around the island on self-directed tours. However, renting a car means that your experiences on the island will be restricted to the most obvious and tourist-jammed locations.
Visitors can also take TheBus, Oahu’s high-quality public transportation system, or the popular Waikiki Trolley. Both options stop at key locations and may be cheaper than renting a car for your whole trip. However, they also lack a key component: the guide.
Guided tours are usually hosted by locals who know all of the island’s hidden hideaways and overlooked treasures. Visitors who purchase guided tours are transported in several ways. Small group tours may be brought around in smaller vehicles like jeeps, but those looking for a little more community can go for tour buses.
Usually, guided tours come in packages that include the cost of all the attractions you’ll visit. This means that for one flat cost, you can take care of your transportation and admission. Tour guides are usually highly personable and give you an insider’s look at the island.
Hiking and cycling tours are also available for those who want to get off the beaten path.
Traveling Between Islands
There are several ways to get from Oahu to the other islands in Hawaii. Several ferries are available, and airfare is often included in guided tours across the islands.
If you do need to fly, take a shuttle and skip the taxi. Taxi fares are not regulated on Oahu, so you’ll usually save money by taking a shuttle. Many Hawaiian airlines provide island-to-island transportation, and have discount packages for visitors taking several trips.
If you visited Oahu, how did you get around? Let us know in the comments!