I absolutely agree, John. You would think that at least ONE rental company
would have an office at the pier in Honolulu.
It may just be that with parking there already at a premium they just cannot
afford to keep cars there.
The first time there we rented a car at the airport, which required us to
cab there to pick up the car, and then cab back at night after we returned
On trip #2 we had to cab downtown to get the car, and then, strangers in
town, try to find out how to return the car, and then cab back to the ship.
AND, we had to pay for parking the car every time we came back to the pier.
Honolulu is NOT rental friendly.
DG in Cherry Hill, NJ
> We just came back from Hawaii and I would recommend renting a car on
> every island except at Honolulu (Oahu). We were a party of five and
> rented a mini-van and had a ball. Cost per day was very reasonable.
> Alamo had a van to take us to the rental office at every port, except
> Honolulu, as did Avis and a couple others. We did our "What to See"
> research on line and through the Guide Books. "Hawaii for Dummies" is
> fresh and a good read. Driving was easy and we got to some places the
> buses would never reach: the literal end of the road a couple of times.
> Honolulu was a really different situation; no shuttles to the car rental
> office, no parking near the ship, lots of traffic. We used a free
> shuttle supplied by one of the jewelry shops and got everywhere we
> wanted to go.
> A word of caution! Don't leave valuables in the car when you get out to
> look at the beach, surf, blowholes, etc. We saw lots of glass from side
> car windows in the parking lots along the beaches and viewpoints. Rental
> car people said just leave the windows down and take your stuff with
> you. Also, since we were in a mini-van there was no problem regarding
> the trunk - there wasn't any.
> Shipboard tours are convenient but you pay big bucks for the service.
> You can get to where you want to see on your own schedule and you don't
> have to wait while 40 other people buy their goodies!
> > As the header says, while in the ports in Hawaii, should we rent a car
> > each island and tour around or use a ships canned tour? We are only in
> > for 10 hours at each place.
> > I have found several websites that offer the same tours (or better) than
> > ship for less money. Upside to driving is you probably see more because
> > are not crammed into the back of a bus and herded around. Downside is
> > have to pay attention to the road and can't relax too much.
> > Does anyone out there have any experiences (good/bad) in renting a car
> > in port?
> > Neb.