Post # 1
I’m wondering if anyone has been to Maui and has any advice on car rentals. There’s a lot of conflicting information out there, one place says a car is the only place to get around and other reviews say it’s not a neccessity especially now that there’s some public shuttles and busses. Out hotel is right in the middle of Lahaina so a lot of that will be within walking distance…
I have a feeling if we do rent a car it would literally sit unused some of the day, we’ll be in Oahu for 2 days and on Maui for 6 days but we have plans to take the ferry to another island for a day.
Post # 3
I was just there in September and yes, you definitely need a car if you want to explore the island at all…especially if you want to drive the road to Hana, etc.
We rented for the whole week (even though we didn’t use it everyday) and if I remember correctly, it was pretty reasonably priced.
Post # 4
Do you remember the company? Was it a national brand or one of the small local companies?
Post # 5
Yes, I defintitely recommend renting a car. There’s so much of Maui to see other than Lahaina. The road to Hana and the Seven Sacred Pools are amazing and I’m not sure you can take a shuttle or bus to go there.
Post # 6
Yes, like PP have said, I think a car is a must-have for seeing Maui. DH and I spent a week there for our honeymoon and we drove all over the island… I can’t imagine taking public transportation to get around. Our own car made it very easy to get to the places we wanted to see at our own leisure. We used Enterprise and it was very reasonably priced.
Post # 7
It all depends what you want to do. If you want to get around the island. When I lived in HI I hitched everywhere, but that is probably not the kind of trip, or adventure you are looking for.
Post # 8
We had one in Maui and it helped us to get where we needed to go and explore the island. It was a great idea so if we wanted to try out a restaurant that was far away we could just drive.
Post # 9
I think it was Hertz. Picked it up at the airport.
(Also, DH haggled a bit and got a better price than originally quoted.)
Post # 10
Definitly rent a car! There are other public beaches you can explore and then all the touristy stuff and luaus. It’s worth it!
Post # 11
If you are at all interested in exploring and seeing the island you definitely need one!
We did not get a car for our 3 nights in Oahu, but I could not imagine not having a car in Maui. We used it almost every day, but even if it sat half the week in the lot it still would have been worth it. It was pretty cheap and super convenient and easy. We went around the whole island using just the map from Enterprise and the maps in our Maui Revealed guide book – no GPS necessary. There are a lot of guided excursions/tours that pick you up from your hotel, and we did some of those, but there were many amazing places we saw that we could only get to with a car.