we are a family from Germany and we are going to Hawaii by Cruise ship on September. Because of the children we want to rent a car. (we did this last year also on a Canada cruise and it worked well)
Is here somebody who did this before? I don't know, if we have enough time to rent and return. I have heard for example in Kona the traffic must be to high for car rental for one day.
Here are our places and times
01-Oct Nawiliwili (Kauai), Hawaii 7:30 AM 6:00 PM Docked
02-Oct Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii 7:00 AM 11:00 PM Docked
03-Oct Kailua Kona, Hawaii 8:00 AM 5:00 PM Tendered
03-Oct Mount Kilauea, Evening Sail 11:59 PM Cruising
04-Oct Hilo, Hawaii 7:00 AM 5:00 PM Docked
05-Oct Lahaina (Maui), Hawaii 7:00 AM 11:59 PM Docked
And does someone know, where I can find out which car rental is the nearest to the cruise port? If possible in walking distance or with pickup not were we have to go by cab.
I am also happy about "must sees" of you all.
I have rented cars on most of the islands and used Hertz. The rental centers were close to the port on most of the islands and ports except for Kauai. On Kauai the Hertz office was at the airport and I had to take a cab to and from the airport to the port. It was only a $5 cab ride each way.
I do need to let you know that Hertz is not the least expensive way to go. Thrifty and some other rental agencies are less expensive. I used Hertz because of business reasons and discounts.
If you have a car I would suggest doing the North Coast, and Waimea Canyon in Kauai.
Volcano's National Park on Hawaii
Road to Hanna, even if you don't go all the way, in Maui.
Honolulu: If you have a car, get out of town.
Have a wonderful time and enjoy the cruise and the islands!!!
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Thank you for your soon answer. Your informations help me a lot. We are very happy to do this cruise. Its a child-dream and now I am happy we can do it with 3 generations. We are just afraid about the storms?