>We'll be on the Rhapsody in May visiting Kauai, Maui, Kona and Hilo.
>We're going to be with another couple and have about decided our best
>bet is to rent a car in these places. Would like to hear any advice and
>recommendations on doing that. Make reservations in advance? Can
>you do it on the ship? Are there rental places right at the dock, or do you
>have to go to the airport? Do lots of people want to do this, long lines?
My advice is to make sure you have a car reserved ahead of time to
make sure there is one available. Rentals in Hawaii are fairly
reasonable. I covered most of Maui and Oahu when I was there and found
the driving easy and the only way to see the best of the islands.
One thing to remember, when you get to the desk, ask about local
specials. Chances are you can get a better car, like a convertible or
Jeep clone for about the same price as your reservation for a compact.
This applies to rentals anywhere...always ask for their local
promotions which will invariably get you more for your money than the
deal you originally made in advance.
I can't really help you with the logistics of the rental since I don't
know where the ship docks in all the islands. If they are going to
meet you at the pier with a car you reserved, it will not be possible
to trade up of course. In Oahu, there are car rentals at a lot of the
major hotels since they know people come without reserving cars and
decide to rent after they have tried the taxis and buses. Can't be
sure of the other islands though.
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