Getting around Honolulu
TheBus (tel: +1 808 848 4500; www.thebus.org), Oahu's excellent mass transit system, serves the entire island via around 110 routes. Buses depart regularly along routes 19 and 20, which run between Honolulu International Airport and Waikiki.
Bus routes pass many of the major attractions such as Hanauma Bay (route 22), Sea Life Park (routes 22 and 23), and the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor (route 20).
TheBus has a reduced service on weekends and holidays. Ensure you have the exact fare as drivers don’t carry change. A one-day pass provides unlimited transfers for your day of travel.
The open-air Waikiki Trolley (tel: +1 808 593 2822; www.waikikitrolley.com) operates five lines around Oahu, including stops at major attractions such as Bishop Museum, Chinatown, Iolani Palace, Hanauma Bay, Sea Life Park, and Ala Moana Center. One-, four- and seven-day passes are available.
Metered taxis provide transportation to and from almost any area of Oahu. Many are readily available at Ala Moana Center, the airport, and Waikiki hotels, but others are best arranged by calling the dispatch line.
Charley's Taxi (tel: +1 808 233 3333; www.charleystaxi.com) and TheCAB (tel: +1 808 422 2222; www.thecabhawaii.com) are two of the largest taxi companies on Oahu. If you are seeking something more environmentally friendly, EcoCab runs a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles (tel: +1 808 979 1010; www.ecocabhawaii.com).
Unlike most US cities, Honolulu is not laid out on a grid system, so driving can be confusing. Navigate with a good map, making note of major landmarks (such as King Street, the main artery) in order to get orientated. Driving in Honolulu tends to be slow, with bad traffic jams during rush hours. Luckily, drivers are rarely aggressive. There are parking lots dotted across the city, along with on-street metered parking; always check signs, as you can often only park for a limited time.
To hire a car in Honolulu you need a valid national driving licence and passport, though some companies may insist on an International Driving Permit, so it's worth checking in advance. Most rental firms insist that drivers are 21 and over.
Cycling is a pleasant way to get around Honolulu. The Hawaii Bicycling League (www.hbl.org) has a range of maps and routes on their website, and most routes run alongside the ocean with striking views.
The Bike Shop Hawaii (tel: +1 808 596 0588; www.bikeshophawaii.com), at 1149 South King Street, can get you onto two wheels. It offers a wide range of road and race bikes. It also organises weekend rides, which are open to newcomers.
Big Kahuna Motorcycle Tours and Rentals (tel: +1 808 924 2736; www.bigkahunarentals.com), at 407 Seaside Avenue, is one of the biggest bike hire companies in Waikiki. It also rents motorcycles, scooters, and Harley-Davidsons.