Car Hire at Kona Airport
This information is correct as of September 2015
With car hire at Kona Airport you can get off the resort and really explore Western Hawaii.
Where to hire a car at Kona Airport
The car hire companies are all based off the airport, but you can reach them using a shuttle from the Centre Median opposite baggage claims A and B. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty are among the companies offer car hire from Kona Airport.
Petrol stations near Kona Airport
If you select a 'full to full' car rental agreement you will need to hand your car back with a full tank.
There are a few petrol stations on the main road leading to the airport, Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway.
Driving around Kona Airport
Traffic in Hawaii drives on the right-hand side of the road, which might take a bit of getting used to. Make sure you always keep your wits about you, especially when turning at a T-junction or going around a roundabout. Roads on the island are generally in good condition. Keep your speed low: speeding is the leading cause of road traffic accidents on the island.
Getting to your destination
Once you jump in your hire car you have your pick of Western Hawaii's best resorts. These are a few of the more popular options.
The west coast's biggest town, Kailua Kona has a range of interesting cultural sights (such as Hawaii's first Christian Church) as well as plenty of tourist amenities to keep holidaymakers happy. There are plenty of great hotels, bars and restaurants as well as a beach; perfect for lounging or trying your hand at water sports.
It takes about 15 minutes to drive into the centre of town from the airport. Parking can be tricky in the town, and it's rare to find anywhere that you can park for free. Some hotels in Kailua Kona have visitor car parks. You can find them using Skyscanner: just look for 'parking' in the facilities list and check the box beside it.
One of the island's best honeymoon destinations, Waikoloa Village is a relaxing place. Luxury hotels abound, and you can enjoy golfing as well as traditional beach activities.
It only takes half an hour to drive to Waikoloa Village from Kona Airport. Some of the large hotels offer valet parking for an extra fee, perfect for adding an extra touch of luxury to a high end holiday.
Hilo is the hub of Hawaii's Big Island. It's not as dry or sunny as the west coast, but you don't visit Hilo for resorts: you visit for the stunning scenery and local culture. It's a great base for exploring the island, with Volcanoes National Park and the Hamakua Coast just a short jaunt away.
It takes about an hour and a half to drive to Hilo from Kona Airport. Like any large town, parking can be tricky to come by. This is especially true during high season. It's a good idea to make sure your hotel has guest parking before you book.
Prices subject to change