image: courtesy of Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Both the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef on the Beach are on this list of the best beachfront hotels near the airport. So the great news, is that no matter which one you’re headed to, you’ve made a wise decision. But now you need to know how to get there in an efficient (read: quick and affordable) yet comfortable manner. We have the answer you’re looking for, along with everything else you need to consider.
Best Way to Get from Honolulu International Airport to the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort or Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Take a Private Flat Rate Shuttle to Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI
This is one of the best located hotels in all of Waikiki. The property is smack dab in the middle of the action, but because of this, pulling up to the entryway can be pretty hectic for a newcomer. For that reason we suggest leaving the car rental for after you’ve settled into your accommodations. There is also little time to hop out and unload your luggage when using Uber or Lyft, as they don’t have an officially designated place to drop you off. A commercial shuttle however, is welcomed by the front end staff (valet/concierge) with open arms, leaving you with plenty of time to wait while we unload your luggage for you. That said, not just any shuttle will do, as you should absolutely avoid shared shuttle services. Under the shared shuttle scenario, you will have to wait for all other passengers to be gathered up from outside of baggage claim, and you will have to wait as they are dropped off at their respective hotels/resorts, most of which are located before Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort which is more central in the area. Waiting in queue while fellow travelers are unloaded along the western end of Waikiki will eat away at your time in paradise, and patience. Plus, when you factor in the price of more than one passenger in your party (you pay per-person in a shared shuttle) it no longer makes sense when compared to our flat rate pricing model. That’s right, our flat rate for up to an entire party of four is just $35! You can’t beat that, especially when you factor in friendly/professional service and the chance to pull up to your upscale hotel in a new, private, and comfortable Sienna minivan.
Take a Private Flat Rate Shuttle to Outrigger Reef on the Beach
2169 Kalia Rd, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI
The same reasoning above applies to this Outrigger property. But perhaps even more so because unlike the highly visible sibling, this hotel is tucked into Kalia Road, beside Fort Derussy Beach Park. Yes, this beachfront (literally on the sand) resort is very convenient, but it’s a bit more confusing to get to for first timers so again, don’t rent a car until later on, once you’ve figured out the lay of the land. The vehicle entry is also more “luxury” than its Kalakaua Avenue partner, so it’s apropos to pull up in new model private commercial chariot than say a traditional taxi or random Uber/Lyft, with a driver that typically does not unload luggage for you (much less get the car door). A private flat rate shuttle service is simply the only way to go.
What to Do When Arriving Before Check-In
You will have noted our repeated use of the words “convenient” or “convenience” above. It’s true – either property is well situated so that no matter the early hour you arrive you won’t be bored waiting to check in. Hotel staff will safely store your luggage while you explore.
For the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, you can bide time at any of the following which are located within:
- Duke’s Waikiki (opens 7 AM)
- Hula Grill Waikiki (opens 6:30 AM)
- The Sunrise Shack (opens 7 AM)
There are also a bevy of shops connected to the lobby which open at 9 AM, including Hawaiian Accessories, Malibu Shirts, Quicksilver, and more.
For the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, you can enjoy your morning at any of the following which are located within:
- The Reef Bar Market & Grill (opens 7 AM)
- Kani Ka Pila Grille (opens 11 AM)
- Starbucks (opens at 4 AM)
There are also shops and galleries within the lobby of this property, which open at 9 AM.
Book a $35 flat rate shuttle 24-hours in advance of HNL arrival time and we’ll whisk you away to any Outrigger property in Waikiki. Call toll-free 1-800-929-1219.