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By Car

Renting a car is the best way to see the Garden Isle and the best way to explore the sites and enjoy the spectacular scenery. There are two main highways that both start in Lihue (where the airport is located), the Kaumualii Highway (state route 50) which heads west through Kalaheo, Waimea and Kekaha ending at the Napali Coast and the Kuhio Highway (state route 56) that heads north through Kapaa, Kilauea, Princeville and Hanalei and ends on the other side of the Napali Coast.

By Bus

The bus service `Kauai Bus` is a limited service on the island with bus fares around $2.00 per adult passenger and $1.00 for seniors and children between 7 - 18. The bus travels from Kekaha to Hanalei with stops along the main highway, the bus runs to the majority of the island's major sites including Kekaha, Hanalei, Poipu, Lihue, Kapaa and the Princeville Shopping Center. Buses operate between 5:27 am - 7:50 pm Monday through Friday, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 6:21 am - 5:50 pm. Visit or call 808-246-8110 for more information.

By Shuttle

There is a free dinner shuttle offered in Poipu called the Aloha Spirit Shuttle, a 12 person open tram that shuttles locals and visitors around the area to resorts and restaurants daily from 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. For more information visit or call 855-742-2260.

By Foot

Getting around on foot is fine if you plan to stay in one area and only see the surrounding neighborhoods or the beaches that are close by. Local transport is limited and getting around to the main attractions will require some form of transportation. The Garden Isle offers many scenic and charming walking paths perfect for a stroll. You can walk for miles along the coastline stopping at beaches for a swim or picnic spots along the way.

By Taxi

Taxis are more common at the airport; waving or hailing a taxi in Hawaii is frowned upon. If you need to order a taxi the best thing to do is as your hotel to call one for you. It is not best to rely on a cab for long distance travel as the rates on the island can run about $3 a mile so this can become expensive.

By Bike

The Garden Island provides flat roads without steep hills, making it perfect for a leisurely bike ride along a scenic route. The Ke Ala Hele Makalae `The Path that goes by the Coast` in Hawaiian, is a shared path that stretches along the east coast. It is 4 miles long and runs between the Lihi boat ramp in Kapaa and the Ahihi Point in Kealia, with an additional 2.5 miles leading through Lydgate Park. The Kaui path stretches for miles along the coastline where you can stop for a swim at some of Kauai`s beautiful beaches or pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic along the way. The west side of the island offers a downhill bike tour, cruising down 3,600 feet of road along the Waimea Canyon. Moped, Scooters, and Motorcycles can be rented on the island. Scooters cost approximately $75 a day and mopeds cost around $65 a day.