Cheap Rental cars
The cheapest way to rent a car in Hawaii is to start your online pricing a few weeks before your trip. Dont be picky with a specific company. Ive used a different company each time. Usually Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise , Budget of Thrifty never Hertz or Avis. If you search daily online and call their 1-800 #'s ,you will get an outstanding deal. There prices fluctuate but their is always one company that ends up about half the price of the rest. I highly recommend getting a 4 wheel drive jeep with a soft top to get the true Hawaiian experience. They are also great for transporting surfboards and almost all companies have them in Hawaii. Dont forget to get the online codes for your companies discounts or AAA discounts to maximize your deal.Related to:
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Rent A Car
Renting a car while on your visit to Hawaii is an excellent way of getting around to all the sights that you want to see. It is also by far the easiest. Whether it's driving up to the North Shore of Oahu, or taking the road to Hana on Maui, you can set your own schedule and pace by having a car at your disposal. Car rental agencies are very prevalent on the islands. Major chains such as Hertz and National have branches scattered about. You can generally arrange for one to be picked up upon your arrival at any of the airports, or have your hotel set up a rental after getting settled in. Most compact cars rent for around $30 - $40 per day, depending on which island you are visiting. And if you opt for a Jeep or an SUV, the prices jump up substantially. Word of warning, try to be as conservative as possible with your gas mileage on the islands. Prices are way more expensive here than anywhere on the mainland. But since you will be on a relatively small island, and unless you plan on hydroplaning to Tahiti, don't let it be a major concern.
We flew in to Oahu then got on...
We flew in to Oahu then got on a little prop plane (kinda scary) to Molokai. You can also fly into Maui and then get on a smaller plane to Molokai...or you can sometimes find a boat that will take you to the small islands. :)
Well since we were under 25 we walked, biked, and hitched hiked everywhere. This is the only place that we are not the slightest bit scared. It is thee only place where I will do it on ocassion. The island is only 7 miles by 20 something...there are hardly any tourists mostly all friendly natives! The natives will recognize and ask where you are from. Whenever we would meet a new local they would say awww you must be the Colorado girls.
They seem to enjoy new faces and want to get to know you and show you everything about Molokai,t heir culture, and just to have fun with you. Soon we didn't have to hitch hike the locals would offer to take us everywhere. Most of the time they were the ones that wanted to take us someplace new on their island. We were invited to Luaos...graduation parties...family gatherings...We didn't run into one person that didn't greet us with a smile and open arms.
we made a mistake by paying...
we made a mistake by paying for a taxi ride to the town...very expensive. This is us hitchiking from the town of Kanakaki to the farmers market...the taxi driver picked us up and took us free of charge..lol
That's when we decided to hitchike only on this small friendly Island. :) The only problem is there is no traffic on the island so we did a lot of walking...lol :) The scenery made it all worthwhile. That is until the island and us got to know each other. I love Molokai what a way to live! :)
Flying into Moloakai
There is one tiny little airport in Molokai. None of the major airlines fly into this airport. Be prepared to take a propeller plane over here. Aloha Air is the main inter-island airline. (800)323-3345.
There is no public transportation on this island so unless you are part of a pre-planned activity, I would highly recommend renting a car. There are a couple at the airport like Budget and Dollar. Also, once you're at your hotel/resort/campground, there is a molokai-based car rental place called Island Kine. They are actually run out of someone's home! They can pick you up as well. (808)553-5242. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oahu and surroundings
The best way to travel around the island of Oahu is to rent a car. That way you can go to Haleiwa and have a burger and shaved ice, factory outlets 15 min from Waikiki, snorkeling and much more. Don't forget North Shore if you like surfing.
Buses are easy to use
It's cheap to go from Waikiki to the North Shore on the public bus. It costs 1.50$ or thereabouts. It takes about an hour. The bus driver wasn't very helpful at all and was rude. So, just ask the locals where to get off. We also used the bus to go to Chinatown. Traffic was pretty bad but it got us there. You can also tell your hotel to have an airport bus there for you when you leave. It costs 8 dollars and they were very prompt. Have them call or you call one day ahead.Related to:
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1-Day Rent-a-Car on Oahu
If you are staying in Waikiki, be sure to rent a car for one day so that you can see all the sights outside of the heavily touristed area. Driving in Hawaii is simple, and it is easy to see the whole islad in just 1 day. Be sure to shop around for the best deals.
YOU CAN RENT ANY TYPE OF VECHILE IN WAIKIKI. FROM A BYCICLE TO A HUMMVEE. BUT ONE OF THE BEST MODES OF TRANSPORTATION IS THE CITY BUS. AT AN ABC STORE ( like a 7-11 ) which theres about 3 or 4 on every block in waikiki. FOR $10 YOU CAN BUY A 4 DAY UNLIMITED BUS PASS. BUSES GO TO EVERYWHERE YOU CAN THINK OF. ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME ? ON OAHU ALL BUSES LEAD TO ALAMOANA CENTER. ( just about ). YOU CAN ALSO TAKE BUS & LIMO TOURS.
Are you looking for maps?
If you are looking for maps of the Islands of Hawai`i, you really need to check out the cool interactive maps at this website. You can zoom in and out and get great info on points of interest. The info they provide online is invaluable.Related to:
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The Hawaiian Islands - Rental Car or not?
Always make advance reservations for your rental car, especially if you are traveling in an area other than Honolulu.
Unless your are staying in Waikiki, you will want a rental car. If you are staying in Waikiki, take a cab to/from the airport, and use a tour company (see my comments on Roberts Hawaii Tours) to see the sights. Parking in Honolulu and Waikiki is sparse and expensive. On the other islands, it depends on how much exploring on your own you want to do. We did a day trip from Honolulu to Kauai through Roberts, and it was an excellent visit.. However, if I were staying on Kauai, I saw enough to know I would want my own wheels. Definitely the same for the Big Island, where you need at least 3 days for a good sampling of what this island has to offer - I recommend at least 5 days at the Big Island. Maui is similar to Kauai - the larger towns where you will find restaurants, shopping etc., are spread out over the island, and getting from one scenic venue to another can be done by local tours - but much better if you had a good guidebook and your own wheels. Guide books I would recommend are Fodor's and Lonely Planet.
It's Aloha if you need to exit the plane quickly
The behavior of Aloha Airlines is truly dangerous. In a misguided attempt to follow the ADA ( Americans with disabilities act ) they put a small guy with a bum leg in the window seat in the exit row. He got to the exit row by boarding early with the aged and infirm and people with children. He said that he wanted the extra room to stretch out his bum leg.
The person in that seat has to be able to move the door - which weighs 60 to 65 pounds - and move it quickly. But this guy could barely move himself. In an emergency he would not have been able to move the door, nor would he have been able to get ouy of the way quickly so that someone else could do it.
I'd sooner swim to Kauai than take Aloha Airlines.
Jeep is good for big island
So nice to be able to ride in a jeep to wander around Big Island!
e.g. going to Wai'po Valley
Even on Saddle Road no problem!
(maybe it is because the weather was good on that day)
of course jeep looks very cool to carry a kayak too!
real vacation feel!Related to:
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Roberts Hawaii Tours
We have used Roberts Hawaii on several occasions where we either didn't want to rent a car (such as in Oahu) or wanted the local tour guides insights. Roberts has consistently provided knowledgeable and friendly tour guides for all of our guided tours. I highly recommend this company, and they offer tours on all of the islands, including interisland tours.
Roberts has a great website, with all of their tours on all islands nicely described with prices. You can book your reservations before you get to the island.
Getting Around Honolulu
In the environs of Honolulu the busses (called The Bus) are fairly convenient. There are also trollies that go to the major tourist destinations that provide a day pass for about $15.00. There is another trolley from Waikiki Zoo to Kaimuki, an charming local neighborhood at the cost of $1.00 each way.
For sight-seeing outside the city area, a rental car is really necessary.
Bicycling is possible, but it gets really hot.Related to:
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