Getting Around Kauai

The best way to get around Kauai is in a car actually, the only way to get around Kauai is in a car. The bus system, though inexpensive, does not cater to tourists, nor does it stop at any of the hotels. Taxis are virtually nonexistent, though you will see them congregate at Lihue Airport (LIH), which is near the town of Lihue on the southeastern side of Kauai. Many hotels also provide shuttle service to and from the airport.

There are direct flights into LIH Airport, but many travelers choose to fly through Honolulu International Airport (HNL). If you opt for the layover, try to get a seat on the left side of the plane as you island-hop: You'll have an awesome view of Kauai as you approach the island.


Kauai is meant to be explored; to do so, you'll need a car. You'll find that driving is easy, as there are really only two major highways on island. Save yourself a headache, however, and reserve your wheels in advance. The line at the airport's car rental kiosk can be quite long. Another tip: check your personal car insurance policy before you arrive. Hawaii is a no-fault state and the agencies will try to sell you collision coverage. Your policy might already cover you when driving elsewhere.


There is an affordable bus system on Kauai, but it's not really convenient to tourists. None of the routes pass by any of the hotels, and you can't bring any bag larger than a purse or shopping bag aboard. Fares range from $1 to $2 per passenger.

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