As the name implies, Bellows Air Force Base is a U.S. military reservation located along the picturesque windward community of Waimanalo, Oahu. It was once an important strategic stronghold and station during World War II, and today it is maintained as a military training area. However, Bellows is also a prime recreation area for the the Department of Defense’s active and retired military along with civilian employees. If you’re among the latter and arriving at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) to enjoy some well-earned time in paradise, you need to make sure your leisure experience starts off on the right foot, which means choosing the right set of wheels to get you from HNL to Bellows AFB. Here’s what you need to know.
Best Way to Get from Honolulu International Airport to Bellows Air Force Base
Book an Affordable Flat-Rate, Private, and Direct Shuttle Service
To begin with, you should know that there is no dedicated shuttle service from HNL to Bellows Air Force Station. You will need to make your own arrangements, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a look at the options below.
If you were to look at a map of Oahu it doesn’t seem as if Bellows AFB is all that far from Honolulu International Airport, but highway and roadway logistics being what they are, the approximate 25 mile distance equates about an hour behind the wheel. Those considering a car rental are quickly discouraged by that prospect. After a 6-hour or more flight, who wants to add an hour waiting to secure a vehicle at HNL, and an additional hour driving to your destination? Don’t worry, you can rent a vehicle the next day from the Enterprise located near Waimanalo in Kailua.
What about a traditional taxi? While most people don’t even consider that route any longer (for a variety of reasons) even those looking for a straight up fare comparison find it simply too much, especially when you consider the poor service and uncleanliness that old island taxi cab are infamous for. The average rate is above $90, but TaxiFareFinder finds that it can reach as high as $114. The worst part, is you won’t know how much you’ll be paying until you pull up to the security gates of Bellows.
Traditional metered taxi range from HNL to Bellows AFB
With no dedicated shuttle schedule, and car rentals along with traditional taxis being discounted from consideration you may now be considering a ride-hailing option. While you can take an Uber/Lyft from the airport, there are problems. For one, if you are arriving with a party of two or more and have a typical luggage load you will need an UberXL/LyftXL which inflates pricing significantly, even greater than what you may pay with an island taxi cab. Plus Uber/Lyft pickup zones are located on the second level, inconveniently further away from ground level baggage claim than you prefer. Perhaps more importantly, Uber/Lyft drivers are not longstanding holders of commercial transportation permits on Oahu. Do you really want to show up to Bellows Air Force Base’s main security gate on Tinker Road with a driver you know absolutely nothing about? The Station’s Security Forces Team is very diligent in today’s somewhat unstable political environment, with strict rules in place about eligible patrons (you?) and their responsibility for dependents and sponsored guests. Do you feel that you can vouch for your random Uber/Lyft driver, whom you just met after tapping the interface of your smartphone app? Certainly not.
There is only one truly efficient and sanctioned transportation option to take you from Honolulu Airport to Bellows AFB. Honolulu Airport Transfer offers the most affordable flat rate, private, non-stop direct shuttle service from the airport to your recreational gem on the windward side of Oahu. Our flat rate to Waimanalo is just $75 for up to four passengers complete with a full luggage load. We also offer lei greetings for those who want to arrive in island style. Our fleet of sleek, excessively (military grade!) clean, and air-conditioned Toyota Siennas will make your 45-60 minute drive feel like a part of your paradisiacal island experience. Kick back in comfort while we take care of the rest.
Remember to give us 24-hours notice and we’ll pick you and your party up from the airport and take you directly to the Bellows Air Force Station in Waimanalo. Call us at 1.800.929.1219 or complete the form found here.
~ ALOHA ~