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Getting there & around

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Honolulu is a major Pacific air hub and an intermediate stop on many flights between the US mainland and Asia, Australia and the South Pacific. Passengers on any of these routes can often make a free Honolulu stopover. From Europe, ask about an add-on fare from the US West Coast or perhaps a round-the-world ticket. From the US mainland, the cheapest fares often start at around $600 from the east coast, $400 from California. Most major US airlines fly to Honolulu, Maui and the Big Island.

Hawaiian Airlines (808-838-1555, 800-367-5320; www.hawaiianair.com), Island Air (800-652-6541; www.islandair.com), and go! (888-435-9462; www.iflygo.com) are the main carriers flying between Hawaiian islands. Service is frequent and flight times are short. Recent fare wars have driven one-way trips down to $30 to $40; typically, they have run $60 to $100.

Oʻahu is the only island that can be explored extensively by public bus. Maui, the Big Island and Kauaʻi have limited bus services between major towns but no service to most sightseeing destinations.

Rental cars are available on all the main islands and typically cost $35 to $50 a day and $175 to $250 a week. It’s wise to book a car before arrival; browse websites of the major rental companies to find the best price.

On the larger islands, half- and full-day sightseeing bus tours are available for $60 to $100. Specialized tours include whale-watching cruises, bicycle tours, snorkeling trips, overnight tours and helicopter tours. All can be booked after arrival in Hawaii. Two of the larger tour companies are Discover Hidden Hawaii Tours (808-737-3700, 800-946-4432; www.discoverhawaiitours.com) and Roberts Hawaii (808-954-8652, 866-898-2519; www.robertshawaii.com).