Recently I wrote about taking a spectacularly scenic drive around the Hawaiian island of Oahu, suggesting places to stop and sightsee along the way.
But Seattle Times reader Bronson Swanson has a suggestion: Instead of driving a rental car, take the city bus on the same route. It saves money and the environment, says Swanson.
The bus is a real deal. A ticket costs just $2.50 for the roughly 2-hour ride from downtown Honolulu halfway around the island, via the spectacularly scenic east coast, to the beach-stunning North Shore.
Find out the bus stops and times (it’s frequent) at the website for TheBus — the public transit system that serves the city and county of Honolulu. Look for Route 55, going via the Pali Highway (across the island’s mountain ridge) and then along the east coast’s oceanfront Kamehameha Highway to the North Shore small town of Haleiwa.
You can hop off, hop on, the bus to see some roadside sights or just take a break at the many beach parks. And let someone else do the driving.