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Rent a car in Hawaii to explore, at your pace, its six magnificent islands emerging from the Central Pacific – Big Island Hawaii, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, and Maui. Hawaii is blessed with an interesting landscape that’s continuously transforming. In fact, the emerald islands of the archipelago are actually the tops of a chain of submerged volcanic mountains stretching 5,000km. Most of the islands are atolls built on inactive volcanic rock bordered by coral reefs. Driving across this scenic tropical paradise is an adventure as you pass through a mix of rainforest, desert, and volcanic landscapes.

It's your choice: Where to go in Hawaii

A much sought after destination is Turtle Bay in Hawaii which is the gateway to the scenic North Shore, known for the legendary Oahu coastline. This is the place to be for those who come for surfing the waves in Hawaii, especially in the months of November to February when the waves are higher. The waters are also ideal for diving and fishing. Lined by Ironwood trees, this virgin beach is great for picnics. For swimming, many prefer the nearby Kuilima Cove with a sandy beach which is protected from high surf. Take an adventurous drive through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a massive park sheltering some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Witness the volcanoes – Kilauea and Mauna Loa, and take a break to hike on one of the 240km of trails meandering past volcanic craters, desert and rainforest landscapes, petroglyphs, lava tube and volcanoes.

Things to do in Hawaii

Rent a car in Hawaii and set-off to what many believe is the archipelago’s most scenic drive, the road to Hana, Maui. The curvy Hana Highway snaking past the picturesque coast of north-east Maui stretches for 83km connecting Hana to Kahului. Feast your eyes on several waterfalls lacing down green cliffs and plunging into sandy beaches. Make a stop at the volcanic sand beach of Wai’anapanapa State Park. One of the best places to visit by car in Hawaii is Kauai. Begin at the island’s north shore Ke’e and finish at Kapaa, head along the Kuhio Highway, a rainforested coastal route, and enjoy views of mountains, valleys and laid back countryside. For some beach fun along Route 56, pull over at Lumahai and Na Pali.

Important Info about Hawaii

From lush valleys with cascading waterfalls to snow-capped or lava-spewing volcanoes and deserts to stunning coastlines, the geographical resplendence changes dramatically as you go from one island to the next. Regular flights connect the four main islands of Hawaii to the U.S Mainland and some international destinations. The airports on Molokai and Lanai only operate commuter airlines such as a couple of smaller airports in Maui: Kapalua Airport and Hana Airport. Flight duration to Hawaii is roughly five hours from anywhere on the west coast. Multiple carriers operate short flights of 20 to 50 minutes between islands. Sometimes you need to connect through Oahu to reach certain islands. The only ferry services available are those from Maui to Molokai and Lanai.

Weather in Honolulu, Hawaii
Facts
Country Hawaii
Language English, Hawaiian
Currency USD
Time-Zones UTC −10
Country Code 808

Good to know

International visitors above 18 years of age holding a valid driving licence can rent a car in Hawaii. Drunk driving and narrow, steep and/or winding roads are usually the main road hazards. However, drive with more caution during heavy rains as the roads are often washed out or flooded. Watch out for wildlife or livestock when driving in rural areas. Hawaiians are courteous drivers and so, avoid needless honking and tailgating. Hawaiians drive on the right side of the road and follow speed limits which are strictly enforced. If travelling with small children, reserve child safety seats when you rent a car in Hawaii as it is mandatory for children of 3 years and younger to use safety seats. Children aged four to seven, however, can optionally ride in a booster seat if not using a child safety seat. To avoid rush-hour traffic drive between 6 am to 8:30 am and 3:30 pm to 6 pm.

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Our tour suggestion for Hawaii

Opt for car hire on Maui, Hawaii to embark upon the legendary road to Hana. Stop for the photogenic multi-tiered Pools of Ohe‘o and a myriad other natural wonders en route. Or, drive the shortest roadway leading to the Haleakala summit 3,000 metres above sea level. The top of this volcano offers excellent hiking, wilderness camping and some unique views of the night sky. Self-driving through Big Island’s Kohala region can easily feature in any list of the 10 best things to do in Hawaii. On this route linking Kailua and Kona, drive on the scenic mountain road with rare and rewarding views of eroded lava fields washing down into the sea, snow-capped Mauna Kea and rolling pastures of Waimea. Stop at Keokea Beach Park for a scenic hike and an unforgettable picnic.

What to bring to your friends from Hawaii

Hawaiian artwork of landscape oil paintings and hand-carved Koa wood bowls make beautiful gifts. For jewellery lovers, there’s much to shop in Hawaii ranging from wood or bone carved fish hook pendants and sea glass, shells or painted kukui nut jewellery. 14K gold Hawaiian heirloom jewellery dating back to the region’s monarchy are highly-cherished gifts for dearer ones back home. For music lovers, the Ukulele, Hawaii’s traditional four-string musical instrument is a treasure to cherish. Food and drinks are gifts you can never go wrong with and Hawaii has loads of them; macadamia nuts, plain roasted or in gourmet flavours like toffee and chocolate, world-famous Kona coffee and tropical jams and jellies in assorted flavours of passion fruit, pineapple, guava and mango. Then, of course, there are the popular Hawaiian style shirts and garments, which most friends back home, would love to own.