Who said paradise was exclusive to just one island? If you’re an adventurer at heart, it’s time to dream big and venture outside the comfort of Maui and explore the beauty of Oahu.
With a bit of research and proper planning, you can make your day trip dreams a reality!
All you need is a well-thought-out itinerary that takes you from Maui to Oahu in the most beautiful (and exciting!) way possible.
Sound like fun? Then buckle up and let’s get started!
Getting from Maui to Oahu is no Herculean task, don’t worry! Established inter-island flight routes allow visitors to island hop efficiently.
The best way to travel from Maui to Oahu is by flight.
Flying remains the best (and only, if you don’t count 10-day long Hawaiian cruises) way to travel between Maui and Oahu.
Frequent, full-sized airplanes shuttle people across the four largest islands daily.
Hawaiian Airlines is your best bet for a range of flight times and minimal risk of cancellation.
Being the dominant airline operating between the islands, their two dozen daily flights are mostly Boeing 717 jets with over 100 seats.
You may also consider:
Smaller airlines tend to be less reliable, prone to delays or canceling flights without warning.
Flight times are short! The Kahului Maui to Honolulu Oahu flight takes 30 minutes; the Kapalua Maui to Honolulu Oahu flight takes 35 minutes.
Do account some time for checking in and boarding, although most inter-island flights leave from commuter terminals. This means quick security checks and onboarding.
Expect to pay anywhere between $75 to $125, depending on the season. While some people manage to grab deals that are less than $50, it’s more likely to cost around $100 per person.
Nab cheaper flights through travel websites such as CheapTickets, Travelocity, Priceline, Expedia, Google Flights, and so on.
You’ll find that the best deals are during the off-season, between late September to early December.
Don’t want the hassle of planning and shuffling around on your own? This Maui to Oahu day trip does it all – you just have to show up.
After picking you up from your 30-minute flight, your professional driver and guide will:
Not committed to downtown Oahu? The mountainous ranges and water adventures at North Shore may be the right call.
Drive out to Central Oahu’s more northern attraction before making your way back down to Honolulu.
Eager attitudes will get you far when it comes to conquering the world, but the trip between Maui and Oahu isn’t for the hasty and unprepared! Here are some answers to common questions.
When we say it’s a full-day trip, we mean full day. You’ll have to wake up extremely early, only to return to your Maui hotel late at night.
This means catching 6am flights in order to reach Oahu around 7am. Plan for a flight back around 10pm so you can enjoy dinner on the island before flying.
Only consider the day trip if you have substantial time. There’s so much to see on Maui alone! 5 days in Maui is the recommended minimum.
If you’re only there for an extended weekend, save Oahu for another time.
There are currently no ferries between Maui and Oahu. With an island between them, it’s not the most efficient journey anyway.
If you’re not joining a tour – big yes. You can optimize your day and get around Oahu freely, saving on precious time.
Expand your sightseeing scope instead of being locked into a single area.
Rental cars are available for pick up at the airport at a cheap cost, and you can easily return them before your flight. Hertz is a reliable rental company; RentalCars is the cheapest.