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Oahu On "The Bus" – A Solo Travel Report

View of Honolulu from Waikiki

Text & Photos By Diane Redfern

Oahu has an excellent public transport system called "The Bus.". Several routes stop on Kuhio Avenue within a block or two of all Waikiki hotels, and the main onward connecting point is at Ala Moana Center, Honolulu's biggest shopping center. Sometimes I opted for the added convenience of a day tour that provided hotel pick-up and drop-off, group camaraderie, and a knowledgeable driver/guide. However, the added expense was significant. For example, a full day, circle-island tour cost me $75 plus tip whereas a round-trip fare on The Bus would have cost only $4.

Bus Number 2 – Honolulu

Bus 2 runs between Waikiki and the Capitol District in downtown Honolulu where history buffs will find numerous state and historic buildings on a self- guided walking tour, including these must-see museums:


Bus 2 runs through Honolulu's Chinatown with stops at Maunakea or Hotel Streets. Chinese immigrants started arriving in Oahu in 1852 and gradually established a distinctive presence in downtown Honolulu. You can download a map for a self-guided walking tour showing art galleries, open-air markets, restaurants, and traditional noodle shops.

Greater Honolulu

Pearl Harbor

North Shore Oahu

North Shore Beaches

In the winter, the big waves roll in on Oahu's North Shore and world-class surfing events are held at famous Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay Beach Park, and Ehukai Beach, home of the Banzai Pipeline. From Waikiki, take any bus to Ala Moana Center and transfer to Bus 52 Wahiawa-Circle Isle to Haleiwa (a 2 hour trip) or Bus 55 Kaneohe-Circle Isle to Haleiwa (3 hours).

South Shore Beaches

Windward Oahu

Walking, Hiking, Biking


Waikiki On My Own – A Solo Travel Report
Comment on this article

>> From Sonja Davis. Your article on Oahu and The Bus is fantastic! Thank you so much! I am heading there on my own very soon and have printed out your information to take with me.

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