Recommendations for Finding Your Transportation
Discount Hawaii Car Rental is the place we go whenever we visit a neighboring island. We get the best deals with our rental car because this is a comparison car rental website specializing in Hawaii.
It is similar to Kayak, Hipmunk, Orbitz, and other travel comparison sites but for a reason unknown to us, they are a lot cheaper. A lot.
We saved $300 over the New Year’s holiday when we visited the Big Island compared to the other comparison rental car sites.
You can shop for the car you want with all the major, national car rental brands.
After being in business for 17 years in Hawaii, they know what visitors want. They offer no prepayment, no cancellation charge, and they guarantee reservations.
They have a one-click “Get the Best Wrangler Rate” option. I know you want to drive around Hawaii Jurassic Park style.
If you decide to rent a car, Discount Hawaii Car Rental will get you the lowest price.
Click here to compare rental car prices on Discount Hawaii Car Rental.
Uber & Lyft
Rideshare is available on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, and the Big Island. Lanai and Molokai are too small to support ridesharing (have cash and call a taxi).
More and more people are foregoing rental cars to use Uber or Lyft when visiting the islands. If you don’t plan on doing a lot of activities far from your hotel, then not renting a car will most likely be cheaper. Especially when you factor in parking fees at your hotel and gas (around $4.00/gallon).
For example, Uber drivers on the west side of Maui do the Kaanapali-Lahaina loop all day as they ferry non-rental car visitors from the resorts to Lahaina town shopping and restaurants.
Renting a moped isn’t as crazy as it sounds. If you are looking for a well-priced way to get around your local area then try a scooter. A 50cc scooter doesn’t require a motorcycle license. Stay on the shoulder, wear the provided helmet, and enjoy the warm wind on your face.
For example, around Kihei, Wailea, and Ka’anapali on Maui a scooter is a great way to tour the coast for beaches, hiking, and snorkeling spots. We like Tiki Scooter and 808 Mopeds in Lahaina and Maui Scooter Shack in Kihei.
Airlines to the Islands
All major airlines service the Hawaiian Islands. You can find the most direct flight options to Honolulu (HNL). Maui (Kahului Airport (OGG) has the second most direct flight options from the mainland.
The best-value airlines that fly to Hawaii are Alaska Airlines, Southwest, and Hawaiian Airlines. Southwest made a big splash a few years ago when they started flying to Hawaii. They offered some amazing deals but now they are all comparable in price so shop around.
If you want to feel like you arrived in Hawaii when you board your flight, then go with Hawaiian Airlines. The Hawaiian mele (music), service, and refreshments will make you feel like you are in paradise.
Check out this oldie but goodie video from us on finding cheap flights to Hawaii: How to Get A Cheap Ticket to Hawaii in 5 Steps
Are you planning island-hopping during your Hawaii vacation? There are no ferries between the major islands so you will have to fly or charter an outrigger canoe (just kidding).
The best airlines for island-hopping are Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest. They have the best fares and most frequent flights. They go to all the islands.
Should You Rent a Car for your Hawaii Vacation?
If you are uncertain about renting a car or have questions, then watch our video below. This video is about renting a car on Maui but if you are visiting Oahu, Kauai, or the Big Island then don’t sweat it as the same advice applies.