By Car—The simplest way to see Maui is by rental car; public transit is still in its infancy here. All of the major car-rental firms—including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty—have agencies on Maui. If you’re on a budget or traveling with sports gear, you can rent an older vehicle by the week from Aloha Rent-a-Car (www.aloharentacar.com; 888/4562-5642 or 808/877-4477). For tips on insurance and driving rules in Hawaii, see “Getting Around Hawaii”.
Maui has only a handful of major roads, and you can expect a traffic jam or two heading into Kihei, Lahaina, or Paia. In general, the roads hug the coastlines; one zigzags up to Haleakala’s summit. When asking locals for directions don’t bother using highway numbers; residents know the routes by name only.
Traffic advisory: Be alert on the Honoapiilani Highway (Hwy. 30) en route to Lahaina. Drivers ogling whales in the channel between Maui and Lanai often slam on the brakes and cause major tie-ups and accidents. This is the main road connecting the west side to the rest of the island; if an accident, rockslide, flooding, or other road hazard occurs, traffic can back up for 1 to 8 hours (no joke). So before you set off, check with Maui County for road closure advisories (www.co.maui.hi.us; 808/986-1200). The most up-to-date info can be found on its Twitter feed (@CountyofMaui) or that of a local news agency (@MauiNow).
By Motorcycle—Feel the wind on your face and smell the salt air as you tour the island on a Harley, available for rent from Maui Motorcyle Co., 150 Dairy Rd., Kahului (www.mauimotorcycleco.com; 808/877-7433); rentals start at $139 a day.
By Taxi—Because Maui’s various destinations are so spread out, taxi service can be quite expensive and should be limited to travel within a neighborhood. West Maui Taxi (www.westmauitaxi.com; 888/661-4545) offers 24-hour service island-wide while Kihei Wailea Taxi (808/879-3000) serves South Maui. The metered rate is $3 per mile.
By Bus—The Maui Bus (www.mauicounty.gov/bus; 808/871-4838) is a public/private partnership that provides affordable but sadly inconsistent public transit to various communities across the island. Expect hour waits between rides. Air-conditioned buses service 13 routes, including several that stop at the airport. All routes operate daily, including holidays. Suitcases (one per passenger) and bikes are allowed; surfboards are not. Fares are $2.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.