Our Kona condo guests often ask about the best deals on car rentals in the Kailua-Kona area. Unfortunately it is hard to see what the Big Island has to offer without a car. The good news is that rental prices are generally reasonable (although gas prices in Hawaii are frightening!)
Arriving in Kona you’ll definitely want to rent something at the airport. I usually just check one of the big travel sites for whatever seems to be the best deal, but there are some options available. You may want to check out Car Rentals in Hawaii, Discount Hawaii Car Rentals, or Hawaiian Discount Car Rentals. All of these claim to offer reduced rates on at-the-airport rentals from the national rental companies, and there are some good deals to be had. But be sure to compare–I sometimes find that Travelocity beats any of these.
If price is not really an issue and you want to tool around the Big Island in a Lamborghini Gallardo or Jaguar XK Sport, this Exotic Rentals company can set you up.
A far cooler option (to my mind) would be to rent a VW Westfalia Camper Van! I’ve never done this but it sounds like fun. Spend a week relaxing at Kanaloa at Kona and another week exploring the Big Island in a Westfalia from GB Adventures. (They’ll rent you a tent and Coleman stove too–and check their website for Big Island campground information.)
Need something even larger? Harper Car and Truck Rental is a local company that rents everything from cars to large vans, trucks and motor homes. If that’s not quite your thing, you can also tour the island on a Harley from Kona Harley-Davidson.
This is probably a good place to mention that there are lots of options for bicycle rentals in Kona. You can rent a road or mountain bike by the day, week or month from a number of shops–for starters check out Cycle Station or Hawaiian Pedals.
Anyone have any good or bad experiences to share about any of these companies?