When many tourists come to Hawaii, they decide to do some Hawaii island hopping. In other words, they choose to visit multiple islands on their trip over. So here are four steps to help you plan your Hawaii island hopping adventure.
Step 1: Pick Your Islands
Each island has its own iconic landmarks and its own certain vibe. To understand the differences a bit more, check out this post and then head back on over here once you pick your favorites.
Step 2: Figure Out Transportation Between Islands
This is actually quite easy, because there aren’t many options.
Planes and Ferries
You can fly between Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island quite easily. If you are touching down on Oahu, odds are your flight will be with Hawaiian Airlines.
As for the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai, transportation options are a little more specific. To get to Molokai, the only options are to fly from either Honolulu or Maui. To get to Lanai, you can fly from Honolulu or take a ferry from Lahaina, Maui (for more information on that, check out my Ultimate Guide to Lanai post).
Or, if you want to be very out of the box with your Hawaii island hopping Adventure, there is also the option of a cruise. You’d think that there’d be many cruises zipping between the Hawaiian Islands; however, there are many laws that prevent cruise lines from undertaking this route. Instead, there are two options: Norwegian Cruise Line and UnCruise Adventures.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of Americahas been sailing its way through Hawaii’s four main islands of the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai for as long as I can remember. With a 7-day round trip route to and from Honolulu, this option is quite cost-effective (as opposed to starting or ending in an alternative port, due to inter-island flight prices). Prices start from $999/per person, depending on the season and the size of the room. Click here to learn more.
If you’re looking for a more unique Hawaii cruising adventure, UnCruise’s Safari Exploreritinerary might be what you’re looking for. While this cruise is only available from November to April (as the Safari Explorer spends the other half of the year in Alaska), this 36-person vessel may be unlike any other cruise experience. With a 7-day itinerary that includes the tiny islands of Molokai and Lanai (but surprisingly not the main island of Oahu), you’ll be able to visit these islands much more easily than you would be able to than on your own. Plus, Day 5 of the cruise is the “Captain’s Choice Exploration,” so get excited for whatever surprise adventure he or she feels like taking you and your fellow passengers on. Prices start from $3,995/per person, depending on the season and the size of the room. Click here to learn more.
Step 3: Figure Out the Rest of the Logistics
Where to stay, where to eat, what to see – that’s all up to you. Of course, I have my opinions, which you can check out here, but ultimately, it is up to you.
Step 4: Have Fun and Enjoy Your Hawaii Island Hopping Adventure!
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