The Oahu transit system basically consists of the bus and is actually called The Bus. They got real creative on that one.
It is considered to be one of the best public transportation systems in the country, runs daily and costs $2.50 per adult exact change required.
Spanning the entire island with service running almost round the clock you can get anywhere you need to go pretty easily.
For instance, if you wanted to go on a scenic ride around the island you can do so by transferring a couple of time and it would take approximately 3 hours. It would not include the west side however.
While this is certainly economical I don't recommend it for extensive sightseeing in remote parts of the island such as the north shore because the bus runs so infrequently in the country (like once an hour) and it's really spread out.
If you wanted to go to the shrimp farms in Kahuku, then the big waves at Sunset beach and Waimea, the turtles at Laniakea and then visit the souvenir shops in Haleiwa it would take you all day.
While Sunset beach, Pipeline and Waimea are not far from each other it is further than you would want to walk (except for Sunset and Pipeline)
I do recommend it for closer sightseeing within Honolulu to areas such as Waikiki, Ala Moana shopping center, the zoo, the aquarium, downtown and Diamond Head crater. These are all for the most part centrally located.
You won't be able to board the bus with luggage if you are thinking of taking it to or from the airport and no surfboards are allowed on board. They are all wheelchair accessible though.
The Bus also goes to Pearl Harbor but it will take you 1.5 to 2 hours from Waikiki and you'll have about a 10 minute walk down to the visitors center from where it lets you off on the main road, Kamehameha Highway.
Overall, I have found the drivers here to be very friendly and informative. They don't mind answering questions or aiding you by telling which bus will get you where and explaining connections.
See this list of what buses to take to popular attractions. Note: the #22 no longer goes to Diamond Head.
View this bus map for Waikiki and just beyond. It is more up to date than the list I have above. Here is a list of website for specific bus and timetable info.Visit The Bus
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