Getting around south Kaua‘i is fairly easy by car, bus, and taxi. Choose the best method based on your needs such as budget, destination, and how long you’ll be in Kaua‘i.

Gas prices go up the farther west you go, so it’s a good idea to fill up in Lihu‘e.The most convenient way to get around the south side is by car. Highway 50 heads west straight out of Lihu‘e and runs through Kalaheo all the way to the end of the road far past the south side. To get down to Koloa and Po‘ipu you can turn down Maluhia Road and drive through the pretty tree tunnel, or turn down Koloa Road and drive through lush Lawa‘i. Rental cars are the best bet here and are available at the airport. Gas prices go up the farther west you go, so it’s a good idea to fill up in Lihu‘e; a tankful will most likely last the day.

Turn down Maluhia Road and drive through the pretty tree tunnel.

Turn down Maluhia Road and drive through the pretty tree tunnel. Photo © Robert Linsdell, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

The Kaua‘i Bus (808/241-6410, 5:27am-10:40pm Mon.-Fri. and 6:21am-5:50pm Sat., Sun., and holidays) runs island-wide with many stops in Kalaheo, Koloa, and Po‘ipu. Check the website for bus stops and times. The bus is a green, convenient, and affordable way to get around. Fares are $2 for adults, $1 for children and seniors. Monthly passes are also available.

No matter which company you choose, Hawaii’s standard taxi rates apply of $3 per mile and 40 cents per minute, per van. South Shore Taxi (808/742-1525) offers island-wide tours along with services for individual and large groups. Pono Taxi (808/634-4744) will take you on a south-side sightseeing tour as well as usual taxi runs.

Travel map of the South Shore of Kaua‘i, Hawaii

South Shore of Kaua‘i


Excerpted from the First Edition of Moon Hawaiian Islands.