Post # 1
We are getting married July and honeymooning in Oahu. FH has never been and I have as a kid. We have lots planned to do. We really can’t wait!
I am really debating on getting a rental car or not? It would cost about $400ish for the week we’re there, plus another $200 if we decide to invest in rental insuracne.
My question is: is it worth it to rent a car? I keep reading about the great transit system. However, I don’t want to have to worry about catching buses and planning routes and FH can sometimes get grumpy and I don’t want to have a grumpy husband on our honeymoon 😉
We will also have to pay to park our car at our hotel ($20/day: ~$140 total) and almost anywhere else we go.
Post # 3
Are you staying in Waikiki? If so, you proBabylon don’t need one. Also, don’t forget about hotel parking fees. They can easily be $25 a day. If you’re staying on the North Shore, it might be worth it. When my husband and I vacationed on Oahu, we stayed in Waikiki and didn’t have a car. We went to Pearl Harbor on a bus tour group and also to Honauama bay on a group bus package. It was great. I hate driving in Waikiki and my husband had not been before so we didn’t get a car. You can get an airport transfer to Waikiki for much cheaper than a taxi if you shop around and book in advance.
Post # 4
@MrsPaulsBabyBallerina: Thank you! We are staying in Waikiki. I just was not sure because I don’t know what we want to do yet. My FH is one of those that needs to get out and do something so I feel like we would get use out of it…I think I’m just trying to convince myself it’ll be worth it. Thanks for responding!!!
Post # 5
@LilaPenelope: Hi there! I voted for rent one, but it honestly depends on how often you think you’ll get out of the Waikiki area. There’s a ton to see and do on the rest of the island, so I wouldn’t rule it out just yet! Where did you get your car rental price estimate from? We’ve been using discounthawaiicarrental.com and have been very happy with the prices they’ve quoted us in the past, in particular for Maui, where we’re hopefully going this weekend! Maybe give them a shot?
I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon, and if you need any ideas on things to see here on Oahu just PM me and I will try to offer up some help! =)
Post # 6
What do you want to do? If its mostly stay in the Waikiki area, then don’t get one but if you want to explore other stuff on the island, I would rent one. There’s a lot to do in Waikiki and there’s a lot to do outside of it. Haunama Bay, North Shore, Pearl Harbor, etc. isn’t in the Waikiki area (not far from it, but not close) but they have group tours and things you can join to get there.
I voted yes but now that I’m thinking about it, if you really want to stay in Waikiki and maybe venture out for a day or two, don’t rent one. Have you checked out the little moped things? Plenty of vistors use them and they look like a LOT of fun! (http://menicoupehawaii.com/) I used to see them headed over to Haunama and Makapuu all the time.
Post # 7
@LilaPenelope: Personally, I would rent the car for maybe only 1 or 2 days. I’ve been to Waikiki before and Darling Husband lived on Oahu for awhile, so believe me when I say you don’t need a car while staying in Waikiki. The buses are awesome and I never had to wait long for one. For the days you may want to explore the island, go up to north shore, definitely rent a car for that!
Post # 8
I’m interested in the responses as we are also honeymooning in Oahu!
Post # 9
I would definitely rent a car. My husband and I are from Oahu and honeyooned on Maui. Is it possible to find a cheaper one? We got a car for 6 or so days on Maui for about $200. Oahu has an ok transit system, but especially if you want to venture out of Honolulu (which I suggest) it can get very unreliable. I also like another bee’s suggestion to rent it for acouple of days. You can get around Honolulu fairly well on public transit, but if you take a couple days go to farther afield a car would be great. Have fun!
Post # 10
We always rent a car- love seeing all the sights and just going for drives in tropical places. Only if you are more into just lounging by the pool and never leaving the hotel (doesn’t sound like this is you), I’d skip the car. The cost of convenience of a car is worth it to us. It’s your honeymoon, so I’d splurge.
Post # 11
I’ll be on Oahu, in Waikiki in July, too!!
I agree with the other bees; If your hubby likes to travel and see the rest of the island, what about renting the car for only a day or two? Get them to come pick you up, explore for two days, and then drop it off. It will end up saving you a lot of money.
Post # 12
We are going to Oahu as well and then on to Kauai. I would definitely rent a car. The buses don’t go everywhere and the time you spend catching/riding buses to the places they do go is valuable vacation time lost. I used Discount Hawaii car rentals and we have an economy for 5 days in Oahu at $279. That was the cheapest I could find. Totally worth it in my opinion.
Post # 13
We always rent a car in Hawaii on any island. And there is a LOT of stuff on Oahu that’s fun to go drive and visit. All sorts of different fun beaches to go to, etc. It’s nice to not be constrained by a bus tour.
@FarleyNish: Have you been to Kauai before? My husband and I went last valentine’s day and it was TOTALLY AWESOME!
Post # 14
I’m extremely anal so I have a huge spreadsheet for our honeymoon. There is so much to do on Oahu (which I was originally not that exctied about because it’s the “city”) but look at all there is to do and most of this is not accessible by bus oh and a huge thing for me are there are two really cool kayak trips that I want to experience and you need to be able to rent a kayak so you’d need a car for that.
Here’s my list so far (and this isn’t including all the stuff in the Waikiki area), obviously we aren’t doing all of it, I need to narrow it down (a lot
Diamond Head Crater
Spitting cave of portlock
Koko Head Crater Trail Hike
Halona beach cove
Makapuu walk to the Dragons nostrils
Ka’iwa Ridge Trail, aka Lanikai Pillbox hik
Kailua Beach Park
Maunawili Falls Hike
Ho’omaluhia park botanical garden
Waihe’e Falls Hike
Kahana River Park
La’ie Beach Park/Pounders
Hukilau Beach/La’ie Beach
Goat Island/Moku’auia Island
Waiale’e Beach Park
Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Sunset beach support park/Pau Malu
Ehukai Beach Park
Pupukea Beach Park
Waimea Bay Beach Park
Waimea Falls Park
Turtle Beach/Laniakea Beach
Ko Olina Lagoons
Post # 15
@distracts: We haven’t! I’ve always wanted to go. I lived on Maui for a year a long time ago and loved it of course and I’ve heard Kauai is so relaxing. Looking forward to it!
Post # 16
We rent one every time. Oahu is a large island and there’s lots to do, but check with your own insurance company to see if they cover rentals. You may not need rental insurance between the insurance your credit card may provide and your regular car insurance at home