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Oahu to Kauai – Boat, Fly, or Take a Ferry?

You need to know how to get from Oahu to Kauai – can you fly, can you take a ferry, or are there any other kinds of boats?

(this info last updated January 2013)

The short answer to this question is: You must fly from Oahu to Kauai. I recommend Hawaiian Airlines

Honolulu to Lihue

Can I Cruise to Kauai?

Day Trips from Oahu to Kauai

The channels between all the Hawaiian islands, including Oahu and Kauai, are too wide, too rough, and too windy for all but the biggest boats to make it.

There was going to be a ferry from Oahu to Kauai and Maui and the Big Island and back, but it was run out of Hawaii because of environmental concerns. Read more about that here

Honolulu to Lihue, Kauai

The airport on Oahu is in Honolulu and the Airport on Kauai is in Lihue, so again, your only option is to fly into Lihue. There are no boats or ferrys from anywhere, unless you are going to take a cruise.

In order to get to any other major Kauai cities, like Poipu, Koloa, Princeville, Wailua, or Kapaa, you’ll have to fly into Lihue and then drive.

Hawaiian Cruises

There are cruises that go around the islands. They generally leave Oahu and then go to Hilo, Kona, Maui, Kauai, and then back to Oahu over the course of 7 days, but this is not an option if you want to stay in Kauai. You can’t take the cruise for only one or a few legs of the trip. You have to do the whole thing. I asked.:)

Day Trips from Oahu to Kauai

So, many people who want to get to Kauai want to go for a whole leg of their trip, OR are flying into Oahu but want to spend all of their vacation on Kauai.

What if you want to vacation on Oahu, but just fly over to Kauai for the day to just see what it’s like and spend the day there, and then fly right back?

You want to take a DAY TRIP. This is easy to do. You can plan it yourself – meaning you will book your own airline tickets and rent a car yourself and then drive around and do what you want to do.

Planning it your will generally be less expensive but will require you to be a more savvy traveler. :)

Or, you can take a pre-planned day trip or tour. Here’s some options.

Viator One Day Kauai Tour Trip

So that’s it – if you have any thing to add or ask, leave me a comment! I’d love to hear your experiences! Aloha, Lisa!

4 Responses to “Oahu to Kauai – Boat, Fly, or Take a Ferry?”

  1. 1 Holley 18 May 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    I keep visiting your site because I would love to plan a trip to Hawaii. You have great information here!

  2. 2 Heather426 18 May 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    I think Kauai is so awesome that it deserves at least 2 days! stay a night in Poipu Beach, and drive to Princeville! beautiful. I also recommend Haleiwa for lunch. In fact I think you should stay in Kauai and just spend a day or two in Oahu. Just my 2 cents.

  3. 3 andy 6 June 2012 @ 11:33 pm

    I want to travel from Kauai to Oahu then Oahu to Molokai spending 3 days on each islands, what is a website I can find short helicopter or plane flights? Thanks.

  4. 4 Lisa 7 June 2012 @ 4:10 am

    you can’t take a helicopter between the Islands, but you can fly. Try hawaiian.


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