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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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