Renting a car on Oahu

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@MrsGatito:  We spent a week on Oahu a few years ago.  I’m pretty sure you’ll want a car if you wish to see the island, go to different beaches, etc.  

Check with your hotel for an onsite rental kiosk or just call the rental company and have it delivered to your hotel.

You should probably reserve in advance.

Post # 4
7282 posts
Busy Beekeeper

There are a couple of rental offices in honolulu cbd and a number of hotels have rental desks as well. If you are staying in honolulu then it is better to rent on a day to day basis as parking fees are ridiculous. If you are staying out of honolulu then you will need a car to get around.

Post # 5
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@MrsGatito:  As far as I know, it’s easier to get a car at the airport than it is to get one at a Waikiki hotel, but check your hotel’s website if they offer on-site rentals 🙂

Post # 7
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Most hotels in hawaii have a rental car agent representative on site.

They are usually there from 8am-4pm.



Post # 8
42089 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsGatito:  You don’t have to go back to the airport to pick up a rental car. Like most cities, rental car agencies have branches away from the airport. The prices are usually less too.

There is a Budget office in the Hyatt hotel on Kalakaua Ave, and an Enterprise on Seaside Avenue that I know of and I’m sure there are more.

Post # 10
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We got back from our Oahu honeymoon two weeks ago. We stayed at Disney Aulani on the western side of the island. When we tried to rent a car through the rental agency at the resort, it was $100 a day… Crazy expensive!

We called around, and found that we could rent a car at the airport from the same agency ( I’m 99% sure we used Budget) for less than $200 for the next five days. We actually paid $40 for a cab back to the airport so we could take advantage of the better rate… And kicked ourselves for not doing our research first! Don’t do what we did. 🙁

Post # 12
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsGatito:  Just remember, it doesn’t have to be $100 a day! We went back to the airport and paid less than $200 to rent a car for 5 days. I’m glad we did, too. Not having a car would’ve been difficult. The island was much larger than we realized, and the things we wanted to do were spread out.

I’ve heard great things about the Polynesian Cultural Center, though. We didn’t make it over there, but it’s supposed to be excellent.

Post # 13
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You may want to re-think the plan of staying in Waikiki without a vehicle that will allow you to escape from there!

Oahu is a beautiful island with a lot of possibilites for exploration beyond just one trip to the North Shore. Waikiki is crowded, noisy, and the streets are full of hookers at night – not the nicest vibe for a romantic honeymoon.

Of course, if you do rent a car for the duration (as little as $20/day – try Discount Hawaii Car Rentals), you’ll have to pay for parking at any Waikiki hotel, and that ranges from $12 to $20 a night.

Post # 14
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 1994

@MrsGatito:  We rented a car from Alamo at the airport and we took a city bus right to the rental place. Don’t miss the shrimp trucks on the north shore mmmmmm

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