Traveling Between the Hawaiian Islands


Traveling between the 5 main Hawaiian islands can be pretty easy and doesn’t cost a ton. You can easily get between Oahu, The Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Kauai, and Molokai. These are the main islands you’ll be able to travel to and stay on within the island chain.


The most likely way you’ll traveling between the islands, and the only way most tourists could do so until recently, is flying. There are plenty of Airports in the Hawaiian Islands so you don’t usually have to worry about getting from island to island. Also, there are several carriers including Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, and go! Airlines.

Average Inter-island Airline Ticket Price
All of these off tickets prices for round trip tickets of about $100 to $150. Sometimes they’ll run promotions and sell flights for a lot less, more like $30 one way, which is a great deal if you can get it. The flights are all around 1 hour, give or take depending on where you’re going.

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The main airports you’ll be flying in and out of are.

Honolulu International Airport – HNL – on Oahu
Kahului Airport – OGG on Maui
Lihui Airport – LIH on Kauai
Kona Airport – KOA on The Big Island
Hilo Airport – ITO on The Big Island

There are also a few other Airports scattered about the islands that are a little more expensive to fly to but may be more convenient. Check them out in our Hawaii Airports section.

Hawaii Superferry – Shutdown

Bummer, the Hawaii Superferry went about as fast as it came in. Only a few people even took the ferry as passengers. There were so many protests and missteps by the group in charge that it never really had a chance.

The newest way to get between the islands is the Hawaii Superferry. The Hawaii Superferry currently only travels between Oahu and Maui. The trip is right around 3 hours and I’ve been told is a very good way to get back and forth between Maui and Oahu.

The cost right now is right around $80 round trip. You can also bring your car on the Hawaii Superferry for just over $100 round trip. This is the big advantage of the superferry. You can save a lot of money if you’re going to another island for longer than a day trip and want to bring your own car. Car rentals can cost quite a bit depending on what time of year you go. Plus with your own car you have your own insurance, always a good thing.


The Hawaiian waters are some of the most dangerous to travel by small boat in the world. The channel between Oahu and Maui/Molokai can get pretty trechorous. If you go this route you need to know what you’re doing so we don’t suggest it for anyone.