Car Rentals on Hawai’i Island
WHY A RENTAL CAR MAKES THE BIG ISLAND MORE INTERESTING
The island of Hawaii, or “the Big Island,” is the largest of the Hawaiian Island chain. Distances are farther than on the other islands. Hawaii is a diverse island and worthy of exploration. Fortunately, Aloha Rents Hawaii Car Rental offers unlimited mileage for all its rentals. The Kona side is drier. The Hilo side is rainy. Volcanos sit between the two. Flights to the island arrive in both towns. Therefore, to see this island, a rental car is necessary. With the usual exploring that we all do, it can take a day to drive between Kona and Hilo.
Your rental car should meet your needs. Will you run to Costco when you first arrive? It’s above the airport in Kona. Target and Walmart are in Hilo and Kona. These are great places to pick up reef-safe sunscreen, beach towels, and the food you’ll need when staying in a condo or other kitchen-included rental accommodation. How many passengers will be in your vehicle? They should be comfortable. How much gear are you bringing? Consider roominess when you select your rental. Are you going to be driving a lot? You can spend many hours in a vehicle when you want to see the entire island. And are you staying in a resort that offers pickup at the airports? In addition to the airports, rental cars are available within several island resorts.
Aloha Rents Hawaii Car Rental provides the perfect vehicle for your trip to the Big Island. There are so many options that it takes a while to scroll through the many choices. We partner with several rental companies that provide foreign and domestic cars. Jeeps, compacts, and convertibles are available. And for generous, multi-passenger vehicles, there are several makes of SUVs and minivans in the listings. For groups who would like to have more than one driver at the wheel, look for “one free extra driver,” “2 free extra drivers,” and “spouse drives free.” For young drivers, Aloha Rents Hawaii Car Rental offers several vehicles with discounted rates. Be sure to look for these discounts in the rentals if you’re between 20 and 24 years of age. Finally, a guaranteed money-saver is to find the “Mystery Car” and “Vendor Choice” vehicles. These list by size, but you won’t be able to pick the make and model of your car.
EXPLORING THE MAGNIFICENT BIG ISLAND CALLED HAWAII
For shoppers, Hawaii has many locally owned stores to explore. You can find handmade, locally grown, island-inspired gifts in Kona and Hilo for yourself and those at home. Hilo, though rainy, is for the curious who like unexpected discoveries. It has a charming Aloha vibe. Kona is much smaller in population but entertains many more tourists than Hilo. Both towns have lively farmers’ markets. These are great to visit, if only to look at the enormous avocadoes or variety of orchids grown on the island. Restaurants are excellent in both towns. Treat yourself to island-caught fish and local produce.
Photo by Paul Blessington
The Big Island is a treasure of cultural significance and natural beauty. The preserved history is primarily on the Kona side of the island. Swimming, snorkeling, surfing, and walking are at beaches on the island’s north, south, east, and west sides. Some of these locations have strong currents, while others are calm. Because Hawaii is a “new” island, the beach sands can be more coarse, and they surprise visitors with their unique colors of white, green, and black.
Tours are a big part of the Big Island’s popularity. There are farm tours and horseback rides. Imagine being taken to falls with few tourists or going on an off-shore snorkel tour. Snorkel tours are available day and night. Would you enjoy watching whales on a sailing or motorized boat? Think about taking a dinner cruise. Picture yourself bundling up for star-watching. Does your interest include learning something new? You may be interested in a cooking class or surf lessons. There are canyoning, diving, and zipline tours as well. And, if you’d prefer to see Hawaii from above, you can take a helicopter tour. Of course, volcanos are a huge island draw, and their tours make it on every visitor’s list. However, lava from living volcanos can change course, so tours must make allowances for these. It is always wise to respect the power of a volcano.
As we have written, Hawaii is the Big Island. While some tours may pick you up, many don’t, and this island is best visited with the freedom to roam. A rental car is essential for all who want to experience the Big Island fully. Lodging offers restorative amenities, but once you are relaxed, what then? A wonderful island awaits your exploration. Please visit our website when you are ready to book your rental car. Check out the best-priced vehicles and money-saving options available at Aloha Rents Hawaii Car Rental.