Auto Shipping and Travel to the Hawaiian Islands

Auto Shipping and Travel to the Hawaiian Islands

Auto Shipping and Travel to the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii is a beautiful island chain, or archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean waters. Called the Paradise of the Pacific, it is a popular destination for traveler, tourists, even scientists. It is home to one of the most active volcanoes, has the tallest sea mountain, abundant beautiful beaches, tropical climate, and an exotic island culture that we now share since its addition to the United States in 1959.

The archipelago of Hawaii is comprised of eight main islands. Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau, and Kahoolawe. Out of these eight only six are major islands to visit.

Hawaii Island

Hawaii, the Big Island, twice as large as the others, is also the main island and it is where the state is said to get its name from.

Upon arrival in Kona international airport you will be awed and inspired by the beauty that surrounds this island. From the black sands of Punaluu beach to the rainforests along the coast, this will only be the beginning of an unforgettable journey.

There are many places to enjoy such as the luxurious resorts, the golf courses, and the many historical landmarks, just to name a  few. With so much to see and so little time, one visit to the Big Island, and you will surely hope to return soon.  


Maui, the wonderful Valley Isle, is the second largest of the islands with a surprisingly modest population. Visitors that seek more private diversions and small town resorts certainly  find Maui more than welcoming.

Imagine yourself cruising down the winding roads that stretch alongside a beautiful array of waterfalls down the Hana Highway; scaling the slopes of the upcountry landscape; or walking along the shores of the breathtaking beaches. And just to add to the excitement is doesn’t hurt that Maui beaches are repeatedly ranked among the best in the world. Making it a common spot for weddings, honeymoons, Sweet Sixteens, and many other private events. Ah, paradise.


Kauai is the fourth largest island. This island truly has classic beauty. Ancient tropical rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, and emerald valleys that adorn the story book-like landscape make it easy to see why Kauai is called the Garden isle.

It is as rich in outdoor activities as it is in beauty. Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and even zip lining through the valleyside are among the most popular activities for travelers. Kauai is also home to Poipu beach, frequently voted as America’s best beach. The inviting waters of Poipu beach are great for snorkeling as there is much marine life to see. It is not uncommon to spot humpback whales, Hawaiian sea turtles, and the endangered Hawaiian monk seal which almost exclusively swim around in Kauai waters.

Many places in Kauai are only accessible by sea or air, which adds to its mystery and allure. Reaching these places is like traveling back in time to the era in which the islands were discovered. And yet the best part of visiting Kauai is experiencing the small town life, the locals, and laid-back atmosphere the island has to offer. If you’re visiting Hawaii, Kauai island  is a definite must.


Molokai is known as the Friendly Isle. And it truly is since it is the island with the best preserved Native Hawaiian culture. A plurality of Native Hawaiian locals have made the aloha spirit of Hawaii a well kept and guarded tradition. Once you set foot here you are in another time and place. A time of preserved natural island beauty, before technology and mass population conquered over the uncharted territories. This is the experience on Molokai island.

There is plenty to do and see on Molokai. If you are looking for an island of outdoor adventure, look no further. Molokai has the highest sea cliffs in the world! And Hawaii’s longest fringing reef located off the southern coast. Hiking along the cliffs will take you to the Kalaupapa National Park, a very popular and well known visitor attraction on the Kalaupapa peninsula. However, don’t plan on reaching it by car as it is only accessible by mule ride. And don’t leave without visiting Papohaku beach! Known as Three Mile beach, Papohaku is one of Hawaii States‘ largest white sand beaches.

Whether you want to hike along the cliffs, learn about the compelling history of the Kalaupapa peninsula, or have a family picnic on the shores of Papohaku beach, you will surely have your fill of adventure on Molokai island.  


Lanai is The Pineapple Isle, named rightfully after the fact that it was the world’s primary exporter of pineapples for most of the 20th century under the rule of James Dole. But these days more than pineapples are to be found here.

Lanai is the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii and still offers a complete array of vacation amenities. From luxury, world class resorts, championship level golf courses, to good old fashioned 4-wheel driving along the otherworldly landscape of keahiakawelo path (known as the Garden of the Gods),  Lanai may often feel like being in two places at once!

Popular places to visit include the beaches and Four Seasons resort in Lanai city, Sweetheart rock, and the secluded Kaiolohia (Shipwreck Beach) which features a ghostly shipwreck that is still visible offshore. Interesting facts about Lanai is its small population, old style living (no traffic lights!), and only 3o miles of the roads in Lanai are paved. It is a very exclusive place and the locals are more than happy to keep it that way.  Whether you’re seeking a luxurious family getaway or a romantic vacation, without doubt Lanai is the island of choice if you seek a true tropical island experience.  

Travel tips

-A main travel perk when it comes to Hawaii is that you are not required to use your passport to travel there, even though it is not part of continental U.S as it is treated like any other state.

-In order to get around it is useful to have a vehicle. You may opt to have your car shipped out before your arrival or rent a car once you are there. Tour buses, taxis, and even private limos are also options for traveling within the island. Whichever the case it is best to book your transportation and have it ready before you arrive.

-Many airlines now offer direct flights to each island’s main airport; but you may also choose to fly directly into Honolulu Airport in Oahu, then take a short flight out to each island.  

-Hotels, motels, Inns, cottages, and hostels are among the many available accommodations for travelers, locals, and visitors.

-The main languages spoken in Hawaii are English, Hawaiian, and Filipino

-Hawaii doesn’t observe Daylight Saving Time. It also follows Hawaii Standard time. Which is 2 hours behind Eastern Standard time and 5 hours behind Pacific standard time.

-Hawaii is warm all year round, so make sure to pack attire for warm weather.

-the currency in Hawaii is the U.S. dollar.

There is no place on earth like Hawaii. If you’re planning on a vacation or a new place to move, make Hawaii your getaway destination.


The process of auto shipping to Hawaii

Auto shipping is common throughout the United States mainland. But what most might not realize is that shipping to other U.S. territories is also possible through most auto shipping companies. The Hawaiian islands, though overseas, is still technically U.S. territory. Therefore shipping to Hawaii has a special process.

If you live on the west coast you can have your car shipped out directly to Hawaii by the only three shipping carriers Pasha Hawaii, Horizon Lines, and Matson.  If you don’t live on the west coast you can still ship out your vehicle from a local shipping company to one of these three main ports. The latter process is more costly but it might end up being worth it depending on the value of your car. Check the value of your car first to determine if it is worth shipping. Keep in mind however that new cars sold in Hawaii are more expensive than new cars sold on the mainland. No matter how you factor the costs shipping your vehicle might turn out less expensive and less risky than purchasing a car on Hawaii soil.

Once you’ve made your choice the process of shipping the vehicle is generally the same:

Rules and Regulations

When shipping to the Islands of Hawaii the following will be required:

-Copy of the title or Ownership Document of the vehicle

-Proof of Valid Registration and Insurance

-A picture ID or Identification Card

-A booking reservation number provided by Coastal Auto Shipping


Vehicle Preparation

-Automobile must be cleaned inside and out.

-No personal belongings inside the vehicle. Only items allowed are the documents kept in the glove box and one baby seat.

-The fuel or gas tank must contain 1/4 or less

-Chips or cracks on the windshield have to be repaired

-The emergency brake has to be in proper working order


Payment Methods


-Cashier’s Check

-Money Order

-Master Card, VISA, Discover, American Express