Car or No Car on Kauai?
As a concierge one of my most commonly asked questions at my desk was “Do I need a car here?” The answer is “Yes, you do” unless you will be satisfied either paying Taxi/Uber wherever you go or riding the Kauai County Bus. Taxi is no problem but the Uber situation is a bit iffy. I would certainly never recommend an Uber ride to get you to say a catamaran excursion where you have to be on time or you lose your excursion. The Kauai County Bus I can write about because I was a bus driver for the county and learned all the routes on Kauai. The ease or efficiency of the Bus depends on a couple things. One is where you are staying on the Kauai. If you’re in Kapaa on the eastside then you will have the route coming fairly close to you with perhaps a 10 fifteen minute walk. If you are on the North Shore you can get to Kapaa and Lihue with in a reasonable time, but again it all depends on where the closest bust stop is to you. Going to Poipu say from Lihue is not easy and if you are depending on the bus the BUS DOES NOT GO TO WAIMEA CANYON. And the Waimea Canyon is one of the thing you want to see here. If, before the historic flooding, you were north of Hanalei you would have no Bus service. Or, if you do not want to drive here which is understandable as we have traffic bottlenecks to be avoided if at all possible, you can rent a car for only part of your stay. People from Australia or England come here and don’t want to drive on the wrong side of the road! My suggestion is to book a Kauai Tour Guy day tour and make sure I know that you will be renting a car but would like to get my first hand recommendations for where to go, eat, stay away from and what to see with me so that you can come back and explore further. Everyone’s vacation time is very dear and you want to get the most out of it. Living here on Kauai and working in the tourism business I am very aware of the fact that it is expensive to visit the Hawaiian Islands not only in money but in time. Kauai IS one of the most beautiful islands in the World. Kauai makes my job easy but it is a trip of a lifetime, you don’t want to miss a thing! Hans here came all the way from Germany just to see the Waimea Canyon and Kilauea Lighthouse. No car, found out about Kauai Tour Guy, booked online and off we went! I love my job!!