Post # 1
HI, We’re staying at the new Honua Kai resort for our Honeymoon, but are wondering if we should book a Jeep or a convertable? Does anyone have suggestions, both would be fun. We would prefer a convertable, but are wondering if we need the jeep for traveling up the mountain. Please let us know your suggestions. Also, is there a particular car rental that is better than another? Thank you so much!
Post # 3
OH this is a hard choice! I assume you mean the Jeep Wrangler? I would go Jeep! As nice as a convertible would be going off roading in the Jeep will be so fun!
Post # 4
This is a difficult choice. lol I’ve spent about a month on Maui every year and I’m getting married there in December, so we’ll be honeymooning on the island as well. The Jeep is definitely fun but there is absolutely NO trunk or luggage space, which will be an issue going from and to the airport. And there aren’t many places on Maui that you can’t take a rental car-even “off road” (I’ve driven arouond the back of the island from Hana back to Kahului in a plain old rental car-no problem even though it’s dirt and they tell you not to :).
That said, the convertible is, well, more convertible. You can go anywhere on the island, it’s comfy and air-conditioned (which you totally need in the summer), it has a good-sized trunk for stowing all your luggage, snorkel gear, towels, beach mats, ice chest, etc. Plus you can have the top down any time you want (like on the road to Hana). The best of all worlds, IMHO 🙂
Post # 5
We had a Jeep when we went to Maui, and in retrospect, we would have preferred a convertible. We never needed any of the Jeep’s off-roading capabilities, and we went to the top of Haleakala and drove to Hana. A convertible’s roof is MUCH easier to raise and lower than a Jeep’s. If you go to the top of Haleakala for sunrise, it will be very cold, and you’ll want your roof closed – much easier to do at 4 am with a convertible than a Jeep. If you’re on the road to Hana and it starts to rain, you’ll want the ease of the convertible as well.
Post # 6
If you’d prefer a convertible, then get that! I doubt you’ll be needing to go off road at all, so the convertible will meet all your needs.
I’d personally pick the Jeep because I LOVE them!
Post # 7
We did a convertible when we honeymooned in Maui and it was fine! The Road to Hana (and a little beyond) was no problem at all! We didn’t try the roads that say you can’t take a rental car on, but there aren’t a ton of them anyway, and I’m sure you still could if you wanted to! We loved our convertible!
Post # 8
Jeep! We went to Maui and drove all over the island (Haleakala and Hana included), and found that the sturdiness was very comforting on the tiny, no-invisibility hairpin turns. I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but we felt safer knowing we had a strong frame and rollbar to protect the integrity of the vehicle if something had gone wrong (I’m looking at you, steep cliff drop into the ocean!). Besides, being city-dwellers, we’d likely never have a better opportunity to drive a pseudo-offroad car!
I should point out that we chose only to remove the windows in the Jeep for most of the trip, and only took off the top a few times. It’s not difficult, but the potential for chill on the mountain or rain was a factor.
Have a fantastic trip!
Post # 9
Jeep with a soft top! We always get a jeep in Hawaii. It’s perfect because you can go anywhere. When you are wet or sandy, you can still get right in. On the day we got engaged in Kuaui’i we were driving with the top off when there was a gigantic downpour! We got drenched and so did the car, but no biggie because it’s a jeep! We kept the top off for most of the trip.
Post # 10
I’d prefer the convertible because of the trunk space. If you go off to a public spot to hike or snorkel or whatever, it’s nice (and safer) to be able to leave your belongings in the trunk and out of sight (of course, keeping any truly valuable things with you is best, but sometimes you may want to leave a daypack behind and just take your wallet/camera).
Post # 11
We prefer a convertible…jeeps are easy to break into and breaking into cars/theft is a big issue on the islands. Not to mention driving a jeep is SO uncomfortable…the novelty wears off after 20 minutes.
Post # 12
We are going the convertible route!