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Aloha, Honolulu! There’s nothing quite like a vacation to Hawaii. Everything seems heavenly in Honolulu, from its warm sun to its blue waters. Honolulu is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, which stretches just 37 miles across. That’s 37 miles of Pacific terrain begging to be explored. Hotwire is here to help take care of your rentals and reservations so you can start planning your Honolulu haven to-do list. Since it only takes about an hour to get from one side of Oahu to the other, you’ll need a car rental to help you get around more quickly. After you book your Honolulu car rental with Hotwire, you can get started on your adventure to-do list.
Things to do in Honolulu
Cul-TOUR-al immersion: The Koko Crater Trail is 1.6-miles of abandoned railway that leads to the Koko Head Lookout. The lookout offers panoramic views of Hanauma Bay and the Honolulu beach. The trail takes a little over an hour to complete, so be sure to pack a backpack full of your favorite snacks, a camera, water, and other essential supplies. Bishop Museum features Polynesian cultural artifacts, and given Hawaii’s rich history, you’re sure to learn something new and exciting. While you’re at it, take a drive to the Iolani Palace, one of the last remaining structures from The Kingdom of Hawaii monarchy. If you want a bit more excitement, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center to experience one of Hawaii’s most exciting attractions. You’ll enjoy canoeing in Tonga Village and experiencing hula dancers and spear throwers.
Honolulu encounters: If you’ve ever wanted to swim with wild dolphins and tropical sea turtles, now’s your chance. Dolphins and You offers a 3-hour encounter with wild dolphins and turtles and Hawaiian Cultural Experience from Waikiki, complete with a boat-side waterslide. Go under the sea with the Viator Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure to experience Oahu’s sea life underwater. If whales are your sea animal subject of choice, board whale watching tour agency’s Star of Honolulu for a whale-watching expedition.
Hawaii watersports: Prepare to have a whale of a time at the Hawaii Water Sports Center. View the island from the sky on a parasailing adventure, enjoy a thrilling water-skiing ride, or race across the sun-kissed waters of Honolulu on a jet ski. You name it, Hawaii Watersports has it. You can even embark on an unforgettable bumper tube ride. Feeling super thrilly? The wakeboard is calling your name. Take a 30-minute wakeboarding adventure at the Koko Marina to catch some serious air. If you have a tough time deciding which water ride you want, Hawaii Watersports offers a 3-ride special sure to keep your adrenaline pumping for hours.
Dinner shows: If you plan to stay at an all-inclusive Honolulu resort, chances are, you’ll have your choice of live dinner shows at your hotel. For a special dinner show or live entertainment experience, you can hop in your Honolulu car rental and head to the shore to sail and dine aboard the 4-floor Star of Honolulu sunset dinner cruise ship. The dinner cruise features live entertainment, premium cocktails, and premium courses prepared by master chefs. Want to know a secret? On Fridays, the ship stays out for an extra hour. You can choose between a casual, deluxe, and luxury cruise to best meet your needs. To experience a dinner show on solid ground, check out Blue Note Hawaii for everything from live music to comedy showcases.
With so much to do in “The Big Pineapple,” booking a car rental in Honolulu is a surefire way to make sure you can experience the best adventures of Oahu Island.
Frequently Asked Questions about Rental Cars in Honolulu
How to get last-minute hotel deals in Honolulu?
Planning a last-minute trip to the “The Big Pineapple” and need accommodations? Finding last-minute hotels in Honolulu is a breeze with Hotwire. You can save up to 50% off a cheap hotel in Honolulu when you book a Hotwire Hot Rate. Stay at an all-inclusive resort, family-friendly, pet-friendly, or adult-only hotel for a competitive price. And don’t worry. With Hotwire, you never have to compromise comfort and amenities for affordability. Whether you book a Hot Rate deal or choose your hotel, Hotwire offers deals that are sure to keep more fun money in your pocket.
How much is it to rent a car for a day in Honolulu?
Whether you need to rent a car for one day or several days in Honolulu, Hotwire offers some of the best savings in Hawaii. When you book with Hotwire, you can get a deal on rentals for as low as $35. If you need a last-minute car rental in Honolulu, book a Hotwire Hot Rate to save you up to 50% off your rental. The longer you wait to book your rental, the more money you save.
What car types can I rent in Honolulu?
If you travel with friends or a large family and plan to explore the island, you’ll need a spacious SUV to help you get around comfortably. On a romantic couples’ getaway and want something a bit sleeker? Check out some of the luxury Honolulu car rentals Hotwire has to offer. Whatever your needs, with Hotwire, you can find a car to suit your needs.
Where are the car rentals at Honolulu airport?
Renting a car at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL) is easy with Hotwire. You can catch a shuttle to the car rental facility when you land. Pick-ups are located at the ground level between Baggage Claim 8 and 9 in Terminal 1. In Terminal 2, go to the ground level’s blue and white curb across from Baggage Claim 18. Shuttle pick-up is located outside the Terminal 3 building.
Which car rentals are onsite at Honolulu airport?
HNL hosts ten car rental companies, none of which offer savings quite like Hotwire. Hotwire can help you score incredible savings on Honolulu airport car rentals from companies like Enterprise car rentals and Thrifty car rentals.
Is it safe to travel to Honolulu now?
With all the recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, many people wonder, “Is it safe to travel to Honolulu right now?” Keep up with the latest on destination restrictions while you travel and be sure to refer to the guidance on traveling during the coronavirus pandemic to stay safe.
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