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Do You Need to Rent a Car in Hawaii? Photos of Why…

Our baby-to-be gets a free ride, but do YOU need to rent a car?

Our baby-to-got a free ride in Hawaii, but do YOU need to rent a car?

So you’re headed to Hawaii and want to save some money. “Hey,” you may suggest, “maybe we can save cash for more Mai Tais if we simply don’t rent a car!” But… hold your seahorses, buster, and listen up.

Rental Car Man to the rescue!

Rental Car Man to the rescue!

You see, the Big Island of Hawaii is comprised of vastly differing nooks and crannies, each of which is nearly impenetrable without a car. And public transport? Not gonna happen. Check out all the parts of the island you will be ignorant of without your own wheels…

A great Kona sunset we couldn't have reached from Hilo without a car.

A great Kona sunset we couldn’t have reached from Hilo without a car.

On the section of Hawaii’s Big Island by Kona (site of our epic Hawaii Babymoon) you will find the “Sunny Side of the Island.” Rain is rare, hotels kiss the beaches, and tourists flock. Sure, you COULD just stay in one hotel in Kona with an airport shuttle and walk to restaurants around it, but you’d miss out on awesome other sections of the island.

How crazy are these "Lava Trees" near Hilo?

How crazy are these “Lava Trees” near Hilo?

For example, the middle of the Big Island consists of VOLCANOS! In addition to Hawaii Volcanoes State Park, we delighted in (caution: dramatic name coming) Lava Tree State Park. No, unfortunately these trees do not spew orange molten rock, but they look a-maaaazing.

Leaping for joy during a rare moment of sun in Hilo, Hawaii.

A boy leaping into the ocean during a rare moment of sun in Hilo, Hawaii.

Once you pass the volcano section of the Big Island, you reach the Hilo area, otherwise known as the “Rainy Side of the Island.” It mists or rains constantly in Hilo, making it one of the wettest places on Earth, but also causing lush greenery and jungle-licious-ness. The lovely waterfall in the first photo of this article is a result of all this sky water. The waterfall is also only accessible via a rutted 15- minute drive up a mountain, making us glad for our car!

These Hawaii trees are wild...

These Hawaii trees are wild…

Bottom line: You miss out on a world of opportunities on Hawaii’s Big Island unless you rent a car and explore! Now, what other places on Earth would YOU point out as mandatory car zones?

Our shiny silver car was generously provided by CarRentals.co.uk but all opinions, Lava Tree ogling, and pregnant belly squeezing are my own.

 

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Erica

Sunday 13th of October 2013

I'm loving how you guys pose. <3

Lillie

Sunday 13th of October 2013

Oh goodie. We enjoy doing it. :)

amelie88

Sunday 8th of September 2013

What a beautiful sunset! One of these days I'll make it to Hawaii...

Places you need a car to travel: most of the USA haha! You can't get around most of this country (apart from major cities) without a car (or flying to your destination and then renting a car). A few years ago I took a trip out to southern Utah to visit Zion National Park//Bryce Canyon/Death Valley (in CA) with my parents. We had to use a rental car to get around because there was no way we would have seen any of those places without one! I'm sure there are group tours but they don't necessarily go everywhere you'd like to go.

Lillie

Monday 9th of September 2013

Highly true!

Irene @ Curacao Contest

Wednesday 4th of September 2013

By having a car in a vacantion you can explore the non tourists populated areas and find really relaxing places and areas which are not invaded with tourism related activites. Useful article and great pictures!

Tanya

Tuesday 3rd of September 2013

Couldn't agree more - when you go to Hawaii, you need a car.

Marina K. Villatoro

Thursday 29th of August 2013

Love renting a car and having full freedom when traveling! And this place looks like you can't enjoy it any other way.

you look great by the way :) Pregnancy does you wonders!

Lillie

Thursday 29th of August 2013

Thanks, Marina! :)

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