Island Hopping

By Hawaii.com Team

Island hopping in Hawaiʻi is a must. If at all possible, do it!

The Hawaiian Islands are like siblings in a family – they may come from the same source, but they can be as different as night and day.  Hawaiʻi is not a “you’ve seen one and you’ve seen them all” sort of place. Each island has very unique features and flavors.

Experience the Hawaiian Islands

Oʻahu is home to Hawaiʻi’s world renown metropolitan, Honolulu, and the iconic Waikiki Beach. Maui features Haleakala and the famous road to Hana. Big Island is best known for Kīlauea Volcano. Kauaʻi is home to Hanalei Bay and Waimea Canyon. Molokaʻi is Hawaiʻi’s best kept secret. Lānaʻi is for lovers and those wanting a private luxurious island experience.

Island Hopping Cost and Deals

Cruise ships are one great way to see the islands, but the fasted way to island hop is by plane. You can expect to pay about $100 per person each way, which can add up. So, if you are really hoping to hop around, we suggest booking an island hopping vacation package. We offer some great deals through our partner Tripmaster. Specials change weekly, so scout the package you want and when you see the price you like, book it!

Hawaii Airport Information & Inter-Island Flight Times

In Hawaiʻi the airports are named for the city or town in which they reside. There are 10 total. Flight times from Honolulu on Oʻahu to the outer islands range from 25 to 50 minutes.

Here is a list of airports and flight times from Honolulu by island:

  • Oʻahu:
    Honolulu International Airport (HNL)
  • Maui:
    Kahului Airport (OGG): 35 minutes
    Kapalua Airport (JHM): 35 minutes
    Hana Airport (HNM)
  • Big Island:
    Kona International Airport (KOA): 41 minutes
    Hilo International Airport (ITO): 51 minutes
  • Kauaʻi:
    Lihue Airport (LIH): 35 minutes
  • Molokaʻi:
    Molokai Airport (MKK): 25 minutes
    Kalaupapa Airport (LUP)
  • Lānaʻi:
    Lanai Airport (LNY): 30 minutes

Island Hopping:  Recommended Time on Each Island

If you plan to spend your vacation time island hopping, we recommend spending the following amount of time exploring the sights on each island:

  • Oʻahu – 3 full days
  • Maui – 2 full days
  • Big Island – 3 full days
  • Kauaʻi – 2 full days
  • Molokai – 2 full days
  • Lānaʻi – 2 full days
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