Almost all travelers to Maui
arrive by air. A few come by private yacht, or the interisland
ferries from Lana'i
The cruise ship
SS Independence no longer operates due to the bankruptcy of
American Hawaii Cruises. However, there are many
Cruises that visit the islands every day.
Direct offers great discounts if you're looking for a cruise for
your honeymoon or vacation. Over 100 flights per day fly in and out
Kahului, while less than a dozen fly to
Kapalua-West Maui Airport.
Hana Airport is an isolated runway with a tiny terminal on the
northeast coast just west of Hana, and is recommended (barely) only
for travellers planning to stay in Hana.
Click on the links in the table
below to read more about options of getting to Maui. Before
making any reservations, be sure to check out our
Discounts & Bargains
page to save some money on the trips.
The biggest interisland carrier is
Hawaiian Air, by a large margin after their recent merger with Aloha
Airlines. Most flights from the neighboring islands take around
a half an hour, but with increased airport security, it can be a pain.
To avoid a lot of the security lines and checkpoints, try a small
airline like Paragon Air. When we flew with them, the pilot
himself checked us in, and we followed him onto the runway and piled
into the six-passenger jet. Very easy, and quick. We
checked in five minutes before departure.
Molokai Adventure Tour
Cruise from Maui to Molokai, “The Most Hawaiian Island,” and spend the
day exploring tropical trails, beautiful white sand beaches, and dramatic
views with a local guide, or on a self-guided tour!
Expeditions Lanai Ferry
Travel between the Islands of Maui and Lanai across the Auau Channel
aboard the Expeditions Ferry, offering the most reliable, affordable
transportation between the islands of Maui and Lana’i!
Ultimate Adventure in Paradise Enjoy a day of adventure on the remote and beautiful island of Lanai
- Frolic with dolphins , and explore Lanai's mysterious interior on
an Island Jeep Safari!
There are only two ferry companies
based out of Maui,
Expeditions, which runs a ferry service to Lana'i, and the
Princess, who runs round-trips to Molokai. No ferry travel
is available between Maui and the other islands, since it has largely
been replaced by air travel. We found that the Molokai Princess
left too late and came back too early to make a day trip to Molokai
worthwhile, so we hopped a Paragon Air jet instead. The
Expeditions ferry is a better deal, and our trip on the ferry to
Lana'i was quite pleasant. You are allowed out on deck to film,
take pictures, or just enjoy the flying fish and dolphins off the bow
of the boat.
The Hawaii Super Ferry stopped
service in March, 2009. The Hawaii Superferry had provided non-stop
direct ferry service from Maui to Oahu (Honolulu) and from Oahu to
offers Lanai ferry trips and Molokai excursions on catamarans for
discounted prices, along with helicopter and air tours of other
islands as well.