You can explore Hawaii's impressive island world in a hire car and discover stunning natural beauty next to major cities like Honolulu. Book your hire car through TUI Cars prior to your departure to Honolulu and you can pick it up at the airport or downtown. A hire car gives you the flexibility and mobility you need to visit the national and state parks on Hawaii. One of the most popular trips takes you from Honolulu to the Diamond Head crater: the flanks of the cone create the legendary landmark of the island of O'ahu at the gates of Waikiki Beach.
A hire car is the best means of transport on the other islands. Book your car in advance through TUI Cars and your car will be waiting for you when you arrive. On Big Island, the largest island of the archipelago, you can drive to the Waianuenue Falls aka Rainbow Falls and to Akaka Falls. These natural wonders are located on Highway 200, which runs across the island. The best car for this trip is a cabriolet.
Rainforests on Hawaii: on the road on Big Island and Maui
The main attractions for all travellers wishing to explore Hawaii in a hire car are the geological formations and the rainforests.
On Big Island you can visit the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park - a breath-taking volcanic landscape with red-hot lava in the craters. Park your car at the end of the crater road and follow the trail that leads along the volcano. Equally impressive craters can be found on the neighbouring island of Maui, for example, the Haleakala on Highway 378. The road through the national park winds elegantly to a height of 3,040 metres and opens up a fantastic panorama. Then you can stay on the road to Hana, which passes through picturesque rainforest landscapes. From Honolulu we recommend tours to the northwest of O'ahu, where tropical jungles meet steep cliffs and hidden bays. And a trip to the Diamond Head crater is also a must.
Tips for holidaymakers: what to bear in mind when driving
The American road traffic regulations are different in some aspect to those in Europe. There is a zero-tolerance policy in the US concerning the consumption of alcohol. The speed limit is 55 miles per hour, i.e. about 88 km/h on Hawaiian overland roads. To reach the national parks, tourists and locals use the regional highways. There are also many off-road routes, but to travers these you will need an SUV.
These all-terrain vehicles are available in Hawaii through TUI Cars. Should you have an accident or a breakdown during the trip, you can count on the fully comprehensive insurance and excess waiver insurance, part of the package of benefits included in the price at TUI Cars. In such situations you should always call the police and the car rental firm where you picked up the car. Ideally you can use your own smartphone – before you leave make sure it is compatible with the US tri and quad bands.