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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:30 AM
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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.
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 12:52 PM
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We've cruised Hawaii several times, and always just rent a car on each island. We've generally found Thrifty to have decent prices, and a good shuttle service.

Some rental companies don't have a shuttle running to the pier in certain ports, but I know that Thrifty does.
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So, what I gather from your reply is that you don't reserve them prior to sailing, you just wait until you arrive on the island. Thanks for your input, it's great appreciated.
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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.

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