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  1. I'm not sure what prices you are referring to in this thread. But Hawaii is generally much more expensive than Florida. Depending on time of year and what class of car, it will cost about $50-75/day to rent a car in Hawaii.
  2. The Road to Hana is extremely windy, with many one-lane bridges, and steep drop-offs. If you have trouble driving in those conditions, I wouldn't recommend it. It also will take you all day, if you go the whole route. I enjoy those conditions, so I had a lot of fun, but if that's not your bag.... Other options: Kula Botanical Garden. Haleakala National Park (choose a route that isnt the road to Hana). Maui Ocean Center.
  3. My cruise was last week (ending May 19, 2019). Yes, I suppose you can park overnight at the Maui (Kahului) airport (I don't recall the rates), just as if you were parking to go on a flight. And it is, of course, right next to your rental car agency...but in my opinion, why bother? That's not much different from returning the car, except now you're also paying the airport to park overnight too, and you still have to ask for a rental car shuttle back to the harbor (or get a taxi), because it's too far to walk. I don't know anything about the tram system in Maui, so I can't say anything about that at all, if it goes to the harbor, I'd be surprised. As for not picking up at Maui...as best I can tell, the security at that port is tighter than all the others. At that port, the shuttles aren't allowed to go into the harbor and wait for passengers to arrive and board (though, for some reason, official excursion buses can). And when dropping off, they actually dropped us off just outside the secure area (though everyone still had to show their ship badges to the security guys). There IS an off-airport Enterprise in Hilo (they even had their own separate shuttle). I'm not aware of an off-airport Enterprise in Maui. Doesn't mean that there isn't one, but I don't know about it.
  4. (Cross-posted from Norwegian topic by suggestion from others): I'm writing this because when I did research on renting a car during a Hawaiian cruise, much of the information I read was out of date. These tips/info is accurate as of May 2019, but is definitely subject to change. Overall tips: 1) With the exception of Kona, all rental cars will have to be picked up at the airport. That means you need to allow at least 45 minutes to wait for a shuttle or taxi to get to the airport from the harbor, wait in line, and complete the paperwork before you can be on your way. That also means that you need extra time to return the car to the rental center, and travel back to the harbor and get through security before all-aboard. 2) Even if you have an overnight stay, I'd suggest only renting the car for 1 day at a time. That's because there's no place to park the car overnight at any of the ports (no matter what you read online). All of the harbors have increased security, and you cannot park there, friends cannot wait there to pick you up, etc. And the surrounding areas all have signs that do not allow overnight parking, threatening to tow your car. 3) If at all possible, don't pre-pay for your car, just make the reservation. Plans change, especially on a cruise, and you don't want to wind up paying for a car that you don't end up picking up. 4) For the ports where rental car agencies operate shuttles, they generally know when you are arriving, so that they will have shuttles available then. If you aren't going to immediately pick up the car in the morning, call the local rental agency location to find out what their shuttle run schedule is. Some run continuously, some run for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon, some require a phone call requesting a pick up. 5) For those wondering if it is "worth it," cost-wise, to rent a car instead of going on an excursion, my personal opinion: for 1 or 2 people, by the time you rent the car, pay the insurance, and the gas, and the loss of time spent going to/from the airport, you will probably break even in cost. 3+ people, you will definitely save money renting a car vs. going on an excursion. My specific experiences: Maui/Kahului Harbor: My least favorite experience renting a car. Rental car agencies could not provide pick up shuttles because of the very high level of security at this port. A limited number of taxis were available to take you to the airport to pick up your car. Cost is $10. Distance to airport is about 4 miles. Most rental car agencies will have special shuttles to take you back to the ship, for free/tips, so you won't have to pay to get back. As I said, you cannot park your car at the harbor, or surrounding areas. Friends cannot pick you up at the harbor. Neither can Uber/Lyft, unless they have a harbor security card. If you wish to use Uber/Lyft, there is a grocery story across from the harbor, that you can use as a place to get picked up. Keep in mind, there is almost nothing to do in the immediate area around the Maui port. It's a total industrial area. This was also the only port where 3rd party tour services weren't readily available at the harbor to take you to various destinations (although they were probably available outside of the port, but I never really looked). Hilo, Hawaii: A much better experience. All of the major rental car agencies had shuttles rotating to pick you up at the harbor and take you to the airport to get your rental. In our case, they even had our name on a daily manifest, so they were totally expecting us, and it made the experience very easy. They also had a "last shuttle" back time, in our case it was 4pm, so be sure to return your car on time. Distance from harbor to airport is about 3 miles. Kona, Hawaii: This was the only port where we had to tender in (which takes about 15 minutes or so, not counting waiting time). You get dropped off right in the heart of downtown Kona. This is the only port where you can pick up your car at a place other than the airport. Dollar, Thrifty, and Hertz can all be picked up at the huge King Kamehameha Hotel across the street from the pier. The hotel also has shuttles to the airport if you want to rent a car there from a different agency. It's also the only port where there is a plenty to do in the immediate area without needing to rent a car. Nawiliwili, Kauai: Like Hilo, they have shuttles that can pick you up at the harbor and take you to the airport, and drop you back off. Distance is about 3 miles. In our case, when dropping us back off at the harbor, they literally drove us in the car we rented. I didn't rent a car at any of the other ports, so I cannot speak to any of the others.
  5. I'm writing this because when I did research on renting a car during a Hawaiian cruise, much of the information I read was out of date. These tips/info is accurate as of May 2019, but is definitely subject to change. Overall tips: 1) With the exception of Kona, all rental cars will have to be picked up at the airport. That means you need to allow at least 45 minutes to wait for a shuttle or taxi to get to the airport from the harbor, wait in line, and complete the paperwork before you can be on your way. That also means that you need extra time to return the car to the rental center, and travel back to the harbor and get through security before all-aboard. 2) Even if you have an overnight stay, I'd suggest only renting the car for 1 day at a time. That's because there's no place to park the car overnight at any of the ports (no matter what you read online). All of the harbors have increased security, and you cannot park there, friends cannot wait there to pick you up, etc. And the surrounding areas all have signs that do not allow overnight parking, threatening to tow your car. 3) If at all possible, don't pre-pay for your car, just make the reservation. Plans change, especially on a cruise, and you don't want to wind up paying for a car that you don't end up picking up. 4) For the ports where rental car agencies operate shuttles, they generally know when you are arriving, so that they will have shuttles available then. If you aren't going to immediately pick up the car in the morning, call the local rental agency location to find out what their shuttle run schedule is. Some run continuously, some run for a few hours in the morning and a few hours in the afternoon, some require a phone call requesting a pick up. 5) For those wondering if it is "worth it," cost-wise, to rent a car instead of going on an excursion, my personal opinion: for 1 or 2 people, by the time you rent the car, pay the insurance, and the gas, and the loss of time spent going to/from the airport, you will probably break even in cost. 3+ people, you will definitely save money renting a car vs. going on an excursion. My specific experiences: Maui/Kahului Harbor: My least favorite experience renting a car. Rental car agencies could not provide pick up shuttles because of the very high level of security at this port. A limited number of taxis were available to take you to the airport to pick up your car. Cost is $10. Distance to airport is about 4 miles. Most rental car agencies will have special shuttles to take you back to the ship, for free/tips, so you won't have to pay to get back. As I said, you cannot park your car at the harbor, or surrounding areas. Friends cannot pick you up at the harbor. Neither can Uber/Lyft, unless they have a harbor security card. If you wish to use Uber/Lyft, there is a grocery story across from the harbor, that you can use as a place to get picked up. Keep in mind, there is almost nothing to do in the immediate area around the Maui port. It's a total industrial area. This was also the only port where 3rd party tour services weren't readily available at the harbor to take you to various destinations (although they were probably available outside of the port, but I never really looked). Hilo, Hawaii: A much better experience. All of the major rental car agencies had shuttles rotating to pick you up at the harbor and take you to the airport to get your rental. In our case, they even had our name on a daily manifest, so they were totally expecting us, and it made the experience very easy. They also had a "last shuttle" back time, in our case it was 4pm, so be sure to return your car on time. Distance from harbor to airport is about 3 miles. Kona, Hawaii: This was the only port where we had to tender in (which takes about 15 minutes or so, not counting waiting time). You get dropped off right in the heart of downtown Kona. This is the only port where you can pick up your car at a place other than the airport. Dollar, Thrifty, and Hertz can all be picked up at the huge King Kamehameha Hotel across the street from the pier. The hotel also has shuttles to the airport if you want to rent a car there from a different agency. It's also the only port where there is a plenty to do in the immediate area without needing to rent a car. Nawiliwili, Kauai: Like Hilo, they have shuttles that can pick you up at the harbor and take you to the airport, and drop you back off. Distance is about 3 miles. In our case, when dropping us back off at the harbor, they literally drove us in the car we rented. I didn't rent a car at any of the other ports, so I cannot speak to any of the others.
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