Renting a Car in Hawaii

Depending on the time of year, you can get some good prices on rental cars in the Hawaiian Islands. The biggest rental car companies in the islands are Avis, Hertz, National, Alamo, Dollar and Budget. Enterprise also offers service in some locations and can be a good choice for travelers under 25. Be sure to check around for specials that can save you money. While the rental may be a good deal, gas is expensive in the islands. Expect to pay as much as fifty cents to a dollar more than the going price on the mainland when you go to get gas in the islands. Be sure to budget enough money for gas in your vacation budget. If you are a Costco member, try to hit the local Costco gas station while in the islands. It is usually one of the cheapest options for buying the lowest price gas when available.
Many travel packages include rental cars as part of the package particularly outside of Oahu so be sure to check on package possibilities when you book. If you only plan to stay in the Honolulu area, you can easily get around via taxi or city bus however, you will be missing much of the richness of the rest of the island if you do not rent a car for at least part of your stay. Be sure to check the rental contract careful however, because there are often parts of each island where rental cars are not allowed to drive due to rugged conditions.
If you travel to Kauai, the Big Island or Maui, a 4-wheel drive vehicle such as a jeep can be a great choice if you intend to access the more remote beaches or mountain areas of the island. These vehicles are popular choices on these islands so if you want a 4-wheel drive vehicle, be sure to book early as they can go quickly.  If you just want to go to the beaches, the hotels, and the more easily accessible areas, a car will do just fine on these islands. For this reason, make sure you have identified the types of activities you will be doing on each island before you select the vehicle for your Hawaiian vacation.

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