Maui and Kauai each have their unique charms. You may come to Maui to watch the sunrise at Haleakala, enjoy the beautiful beaches, or drive the windy road to Hana. For more of the laid-back lifestyle, make your next stop Kauai. You can hike the majestic Na Pali Coast, visit the wettest spot on earth, or just relax and enjoy golf, spa, and resort accommodation. Here are some tips that will help you in getting from Maui to Kauai.
Getting from Maui to Kauai by Air
There are no ferries between Maui and Kauai so your only real option is to fly on one of the three interisland carriers. Hawaiian Airlines is the largest and most comfortable, however they only offer a direct flight from Kauai to Maui. The Maui to Kauai direction includes a stop in Honolulu, as do all flights via go! Airlines. Island Air offers direct flights, but they use smaller turboprop planes.
Interisland flights are frequent, although you will want to try to book ahead if possible as the cheapest fares can sell out quickly, so last-minute trips can get quite pricey unless you’re willing to fly very early in the morning. If possible, try to get a seat on the right side of the plane for the best views flying into Lihue.
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Lihue Airport (LIH) is located on the southeastern side of Kauai, near the city of Lihue. There are no direct international flights to Kauai, but the airport serves both interisland flights as well as domestic flights from the U.S. mainland. More information can be found on the airport’s official website.
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Getting around on Kauai
Kauai has a bus system called the Kauai Bus. There is daily (except Sunday and holidays) service from Hanalei to Kekaha, but no airport service and limited service elsewhere. Cost is $2.00 per trip. It makes the most sense when visiting Kauai to rent a car instead of relying on public bus service.
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