A flight from San Diego, California lands you in the lush paradise of the Hawaiian islands. If you're a first-time visitor, choose one island to narrow down choices and save cash. Oahu offers the quintessential Aloha experience with beach-side mai-tais and vibrant night life, while Maui is a water sports haven with surfing, kite-boarding and scuba diving. The Big Island fascinates nature lovers with diverse wildlife and an active volcano, while relatively undeveloped Lanai makes the perfect hide-away. Molokai delivers the most culturally authentic Hawaiian experience and access to ancient indigenous sites. Kauai provides a little bit of everything: beaches, swimming, lush jungles and a trek through a jaw-dropping canyon keep visitors occupied.
A nonstop flight from San Diego to Hawaii is six hours long. If your flight has a layover, expect to tack on at least three additional hours.
Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines offer direct flights to Hawaii from San Diego, while flights on United Airlines, Delta and American Airlines typically have a stopover.
Upwards of fifty flights to Hawaii depart daily from San Diego during the busy season, with around 30 flights during the off-season. Most land in Honolulu, the capital city and primary airport. Direct flights are available from San Diego to the other islands, albeit on a far more limited schedule, with some routes only offering a single flight a day. For more flexible service, you can take a shuttle flight from Honolulu to the other five main islands.
Flights depart out of San Diego International Airport and land in the Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu. From there, travelers can take a shuttle flight to the other islands, including the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and Molokai. A limited number of flights fly direct from San Diego to the airports on Maui, Kauai and Big Island.
Hawaiian Airlines and Alaska Airlines are tied for the cheapest direct flight from San Diego. You can save a good chunk of change by flying into the Honolulu airport on Oahu or the Kahului airport on Maui instead of one of the other islands.
San Diegans have gorgeous beaches and temperate weather in their own backyard. However, a trip to Hawaii is more than an escape to warm climes. Located in the Pacific ocean roughly 2,500 miles from the Californian coast, the islands of Aloha are a tropical marvel of green-studded mountains, hidden waterfalls, coral reefs and active volcanoes. San Diego surfers who have mastered the coves around Sunset Cliffs can find challenging beaches that are far less crowded, such as Pine Trees, a secluded spot enjoyed by locals on the west shore of Big Island.
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