(Closed) Hawaii, Oahu Honeymoon…rental car, or no?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Is it worth is to rent a car on Oahu?
    Yes - rent one! : (20 votes)
    83 %
    No - not worth it! : (4 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    2073 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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. 

    Happy honeymooning. 

    Post # 5
    51 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @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
    1581 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    2395 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: December 2009

    @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
    496 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m interested in the responses as we are also honeymooning in Oahu!

    Post # 9
    1461 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2012



    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
    4436 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    131 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    1880 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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




    Manoa Falls


    Diamond Head Crater


    Spitting cave of portlock


    Koko Head Crater Trail Hike


    Hanauma Bay


    Lanai lookout 


    Halona beach cove


    Sandy beach


    Makapuu Beach/Trail/Lighthouse


    Makapuu walk to the Dragons nostrils


    Lanikai beach


    Ka’iwa Ridge Trail, aka Lanikai Pillbox hik


    Kailua Beach Park


    Maunawili Falls Hike


    Ho’omaluhia park botanical garden


    Byodo-In Temple


    Kane’ohe bay


    Waihe’e Falls Hike


    Kualoa Park


    Kahana River Park


    La’ie Beach Park/Pounders


    Hukilau Beach/La’ie Beach


    Goat Island/Moku’auia Island


    Turtle Bay


    Kawela Bay


    Waiale’e Beach Park


    Kayak rentals


    Nuuanu Pali Lookout


    Sunset beach support park/Pau Malu


    Ehukai Beach Park


    Pupukea Beach Park


    Sharks Cove


    Waimea Bay Beach Park


    Waimea Falls Park


    Waimea valley


    Turtle Beach/Laniakea Beach


    Hidden Beach


    Ko Olina Lagoons




    Post # 15
    245 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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
    838 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2008

    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

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