We're taking the Island Princess to Hawaii in October and wondered about renting a car while on the big island. Has anyone done it? Do you have suggestions for which rental companies are best? Should we reserve it before we set sail? Any info would be appreciated.
We rented a car in Kona and were really disappointed. The rental was Budget and they are at the airport it was a $22 taxi to get their traffic was thick. Then it took and hour to get the car. Drop off was worse the guys dropped us at the pier and then drove back to the airport rush hour slow traffic and we waited for close to 1 and 1/2 hours for them to make the round trip which included another $22 taxi ride.
We had also booked budget in Kauai and again a lengthy wait for a shuttle to the car lot. Much better than Kona but after this we just cancelled our other island bookings and bought tours right on the pier in Hilo and were really happy.