Hawaii (Big Island) Transportation

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Hawaii (Big Island) Transportation

  • Car rental

    Kailua-Kona Transportation

    We got our rental from the airport in Hilo since that is where we flew into for our stay on the Big Island. There is also an airport in Kailua-Kona area, Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA. Pretty much all car companies are represented at both airports. Driving from Hilo to Kona took us about 4 hrs. There are a lot of cars driving about in...

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  • Rent your own wheels

    Hilo Transportation

    We always book a car online before we leave home. We check all the rental companies and go with the best offer. It is important to rent ahead of your arrival especially during the holidays, there are not enough vehicles to meet the demand We leased a car and had to take a jeep instead. They called it an upgrade but at the price of gas on the...

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  • Rent a car

    Hawaii (Big Island) Transportation

    We rented a car to make our exploration around the island easy and convenient. We stopped along the way to view some beautiful lava tubes flowing with water, the Kaimana Caves, Akaka Falls and then on to Volcanoes National Park. The route is a short one but a good way to get off the highway and see the beautiful coast line.

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  • Airline

    Kailua-Kona Transportation

    Aloha Airlines.... or.... Hawaiian Airlines... Both are good, but if I had to choose, 'Aloha' ;-) Best way to get around would be to hire a Convertible or A Harley ;-) There are also buses, if you prefer not to hire your own transport.

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  • The Saddle Road.

    Hilo Transportation

    The Saddle Road. No doubt, one of my MOST favorite roads in my entire life, better than ANY road I've been on. Only thing that beats it is the Rock & Roll Rollercoaster at MGM in Orlando. Got it?! I bet it would be a BLAST on a motorcyle... With all those hills, you'd have to Lance Armstrong to do it on a Bike, but I bet someone COULD do it on a...

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  • Roads of Hawaii

    Hawaii (Big Island) Transportation

    When I was on the Big Island in the summer of 2013, I saw that construction is nearing completion on the realignment, widening, and general modernization of the famous - formerly notorious - Saddle Road. In years past, Saddle Road was infamous for being narrow, winding, dangerous, poorly lit, and pitted with potholes. Rental Car companies...

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  • Fly to Hawaii

    Hawaii (Big Island) Transportation

    Keahole-Kona International Airport is reasonably sized and easy to use. It's one of the last in the United States that I know of that is basically an outdoor facility. (All the check-in counters, gates, shops, even security facilities are open to the wind.) One note - eating options here are very limited. Once you go through security, the only...

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  • The Famous Saddle Road

    When I was on the Big Island in the summer of 2013, I saw that construction is nearing completion on the realignment, widening, and general modernization of the famous - formerly notorious - Saddle Road. In years past, Saddle Road was infamous for being narrow, winding, dangerous, poorly lit, and pitted with potholes. Rental Car companies expressly...

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  • Rent a car and drive around the island

    We rented a car to make our exploration around the island easy and convenient. We stopped along the way to view some beautiful lava tubes flowing with water, the Kaimana Caves, Akaka Falls and then on to Volcanoes National Park. The route is a short one but a good way to get off the highway and see the beautiful coast line.

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  • Arrival via Cruise Ship

    My wife and I arived in Hilo and Kona via the Celebrity Century. Hilo and Kona were two of the stops on our fifteen day Hawaiian cruise for my 40th birthday. Hilo was a port and not a tender so we were able to walk right off the ship and begin our tour of the area. Kona was a tender port so we were shuttled to the pier in smaller boats.

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  • It's called Jeep Wrangler Diaries for a...

    They say that little Oahu is just 1/6 to 1/7 the size of the Big Island here. They also say that all the rest of the Hawaiian Islands could fit inside the space taken up by the Big Island here. They aren't kidding. You clearly need wheels if you plan on seeing anything beyond your hotel room on Hawaii. Roads are paved of course and in pretty decent...

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  • Rent a car is the only way to see the...

    This is a must because there are very looonnnnggg stretches of highway before you can get from one place to another. If fact, I don't remember even seeing one bus and maybe a few taxis. Once you land at the Kona airport, there are rent-a-car shuttles that will take you over to the rent-a-car offices.If you can swing it, renting a convertible is a...

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  • To and Around Big Island

    There are only two ways to get to the Big Island, by air and by sea. If you’re looking for great views, black sand, less touristy and an almost untouched place then you’ll spend a great vacation staying on the Hilo side. But if you’re more interested in commercialized, touristy, and full of resorts, restaurants, and bars place then Kona is a place...

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  • You need a 4x4 To Get To The Best Spots

    If you want to go to many places that are not very easy to get to then get a 4x4. This is a must have that we did not have. If you get stuck in a rental car in a place you should not go, the rental car company will charge you much extra if they figure it out and their is damage to the car and not to mention the tow truck will charge you a ton of...

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  • Waipio Valley Shuttle

    If you do not have a real 4WD car and do not want to walk down to the Waipi'o valley/beach you can take a shuttle.It is leaving from the Waipio Valley Artworks in Kukuihaele on the Old scenic drive to Waipio Valley. (Route 19 to Honokaa then route 240, 0.5 mi before the lookout). The shuttle leaves daily except Sunday at 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The...

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  • The Saddle Road: Is it Wise? Is it a...

    Chances are that you've looked at a map of the Big Island and thought: Hmmm...the Saddle Road looks like a short and scenic way to get from Hilo to the Kona side (or vice-versa). And it can be. Cutting through the lava-strewn saddle between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, it is definitely the shortest path between Hilo and Waimea. On the sunny morning I...

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  • Rent a Car

    We had a rental car that was big enough for all 6 of us to ride in during our 2 week visit. Even though we stayed with family that live there we still had our own car so we could go out & explore on our own. The best ride I had there? Around town & down the highway on the back of my brother-in-law's Harley. It was beautiful - and there isn't a...

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  • 4WD is the only way to go

    If you're going to go see any of the really cool sites, you have to have 4WD. Now, they'll tell you that you're still not supposed to go off of 'marked' roads, but I swear I never saw anyone from the rental companies on those trails checking for their cars.

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  • Getting There and Around

    Inter-island flights - There are plenty of flights between Oahu and the other islands which run at various times each day. The main airlines are Hawaiian and Aloha with some smaller runs being handled by Island Air and Air Molokai. Rental Cars : We hired a car for the time we were there which was the best way for us to explore the Island.Alamo...

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  • Roberts Hawaii

    We had a great time on this day long bus tour of the volcanoes. There was coffee, chocolate, taro bread macadamia nut and brittle tastings along the way. There were beautiful sights to see. I particularly liked the steam vent - a giant hole in the ground that steam streams out of. The tour guide was excellent (look out for him - Lincoln) and very...

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  • Car rentals

    The Big Island has good roads and is nearly impossible to get lost driving because there's only one main road that goes around the island: Route 19. Renting a car offers you much more freedom to explore the state parks dot along the road, may it be lava tubes, beaches, or scenic vistas.

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  • Transportation between resort & Kona...

    If you are not renting a car and no friend to pick you up at the airport, you can either catch a taxi or call the Spdishuttle with the free phone at the airport.To give you an idea:-taxi to Royal Kona Resort $26shuttle to Royal Kona Resort $21taxi to Hilton Resort $50

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  • To get around, rent a car!

    A short walk from Royal Kona Resort to town was 25mins business. Believe me, you don't want to walk that far under the sun either.I was so glad to renting a car for the last day so that I could visit the painted church & National Park before catching the flight in the afternoon. Although there are lots of traffic between Kona town & the airport and...

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  • Hawaii is CHEAP for car rental!

    You cannot go to Hawaii and NOT rent a car. There is so much to see and do.Hawaii (specially the big island) offers opportunity for a vast amount of eco climates that are not encountered all within one island anywhere else in the world.You can be atop a mountain (with snow in winter) or, at sea level at a beach, or within a rainforest or even a...

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  • Saddle Road - Plans to relign and...

    We drove from Kalaoa to Hilo and had some breathtaking views at lava fields, the "Saddle" and Mauna Kea volcanoe. Although it was a hell of a ride we were glad to have witnessed it! The state has plans to relign and improve Saddle Road in the near future. They want to make this road the vital link between east and west Hawaii. It's supposed to...

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  • Saddle Road - Shortest route between...

    The road was built during WW II to provide access to an Army training area in the Big Island's interior. We had the feeling that it hasn't been maintained or improved much since. Although paved for its entire length, Saddle Road is a narrow, winding, barely two-lane road with steep grades, sharp curves, poor pavement conditions, inadequate signing...

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  • Saddle Road - Famously bad road!

    Saddle Road (State Route 200), the closest thing to a cross-island highway on the Big Island, is a famously bad road despised by most rental car companies. These companies generally prohibit tourists from taking their vehicles on the road. We were driven by locals at our day of departure and witnessed why it's unsafe to drive. The road was built...

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  • Keahole Kona International Airport

    Keahole-Kona International Airport is reasonably sized and easy to use. It's one of the last in the United States that I know of that is basically an outdoor facility. (All the check-in counters, gates, shops, even security facilities are open to the wind.) One note - eating options here are very limited. Once you go through security, the only...

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  • To Get to the Top of Mauna Kea

    If you want to drive to the top of Mauna Kea there is literally only 1 rental company to rent from... Harper Car & Truck Rental.Their trucks are made for the difficult climb and more importantly have the gears for descending the mountain safely.If you rent from any other company it's prohibited and you could actually end up dead when your brakes...

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  • Best routes and service to the Hawaiian...

    With the USD still in a black hole against that mighty euro, even us diehard Europhiles have to consider Stateside alternatives. Thank goodness that includes Hawaii! United Airlines has some terrific deals to all of its Hawaiian destinations, not just Honolulu. They fly daily from Chicago O'Hare to Honolulu as well as Kona (via Maui,) and even have...

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  • Drive yourself

    Before you leave home make a reservation for a rental car or jeep. There is not enough vehicles to meet the demand at peak season.We leased a car and had to take a jeep instead. They called it an upgrade but at the price of gas on the islands, we didn't think much of it.The roads are good and there is no problem driving anywhere that you may want...

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  • Get A Car

    Unless you plan on just staying at your resort, you will definitely need a car. The island is very large, and all of the points of interest are a good distance away from each other. On the plus side, roads are nicely paved and well marked.

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  • Scenic interisland flights

    If you are flying to or form the Big Island and Honolulu, considder a scenic flight in a small plane rather than a large jetliner.I flew out of Hilo to Honolul via Kamuelaa-Waimea with Pacific Wings in their small Cesna 208B and regard it as one of my most scenic flights.After departing from Hilo we flew up through the clouds to Kamuela-Waimea with...

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  • You're better off on your own wheels

    If you're wondering weather you should rent a car for getting around the Big Island or not. Unless you're staying at a resort and don't plan doing much more than staying there, make a reservation for a rental car and you'll be able to get around and see the island. A few places are only accessible with a 4WD ,and a few places like the sadle road...

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  • Rent a 4WD

    On The Big Island, you want to have a rental car with 4WD. There are lots of awesome sights you cannot get to otherwise. The Ford Explorer was good because we could leave things like the "noodles" we bought to float in the ocean, and our dirty hiking boots and socks in the back - just in case we ever needed them.

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  • No Buses . . . rent a car here

    There aren't any MTL's (city buses) here on this island, so your best bet to get around if you're not with a tour group is to rent a car and go at it yourself. The gas here is somewhat higher.

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  • Flying direct from the mainland to the...

    Flying direct from the mainland to the Big Island is definitely convenient, unfortunately flights only arrive from a few cities.From Pennsylvania we were scheduled to fly to Chicago, then to Los Angeles, and finally to the Kona airport. This would have been a long day as scheduled, but it turned out even longer because our first flight never left...

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  • A car is a must on the Big Island

    The Big Island is named so for a very good reason - IT'S THE BIGGEST ISLAND, and to see it properly you've gotta' have a car.This Island bigger than all the other islands combined and has 10 of the 15 climatic zones in the world. This makes for many types of terrain and scenery. If you plan on checking into a resort and staying there your whole...

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