Waikoloa Car Rental

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Waikaloa, HI

With 12 inches of rain per year, Waikoloa has great weather
Road distance from Kona airport to Waikoloa is 29 miles
Home to ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs and stone carvings
Anchialine ponds connected to the sea by underground lava tubes
Waikoloa Annual Ukulele Festival held in March


Getting a car rental for a Waikoloa car is recommended. You can take a taxi or shuttle service to get from the airport to Waikoloa, but the money you will save can go into the rental and parking fees. There are more companies right at Kona airport, therefore the best rates are found there.

You can rent a car for a day right in Waikoloa, but one day may not be enough. Booking the car for the whole trip gives you the leisure of taking off at any time.
You want to choose a vehicle that will hold all your passengers and their belongings. Usually you only need room for luggage on the first and last day. Many travel and guidebooks for Hawaii suggest a 4wd vehicle is required. That is not true, as under contract you are only allowed to drive on paved roads, any vehicle will do.


Waikoloa is located on the Kohala Coast, on the North West side of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is an excellent choice for a vacation with beautiful weather year round. Many retire here as they have affordable homes and friendly neighbors. Within a few miles you can visit beautiful beaches, rugged lava fields and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs.

Waikoloa boasts many parks and coffee shops, for that laid back visit.They have daily local entertainment that the entire family can enjoy.

Renting a car for Waikoloa is recommended, there are so many things to see and explore in the surrounding area. White sand beaches at Hapuna and Kauna’oa Bay are great places to swim and body surf. Get out early to enjoy calmer waters for snorkeling. With Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa a short drive away your volcano enthusiasts will surely want to explore.


Kings Shops

is a lakeside outdoor mall which boasts luxury shopping, local surf shops, art galleries and food markets. With fine dining and casual cafes you will find the best meals in Hawaii. Local free entertainment is a bonus at the outdoor stage.


in Waikoloa can be done 365 days per year. With 3 main courses you have stunning views of volcanoes and the Kohala coastline. Most courses have lakes and lava bunkers to make for an interesting challenge.

Hilton Hawaiian Village Pool Day Pass

for a small fee you and your family can enjoy the 10 pools and a man made lagoon this huge resort has to offer. From water slides to swimming with dolphins, this resort is over the top.

Car Rentals in Waikoloa FAQs

What is the cheapest way to rent a car in Waikoloa?

The best rates for Waikoloa car rentals are often found farther out from your arrival date. Book your car rental for Waikoloa as soon as you have confirmed your flights. Canceling and rebooking is always free, so if rates go lower, you can easily rebook on our website, and cancel the existing reservation. If rates go up, you already have the best rate locked in.

Should I book my Waikoloa rental car before arriving?

Some travel sites say, book the car rental after you book your flight. You are then guaranteed a vehicle upon arrival. If you book early you secure a rate, then monitor rates until your travel date and re-book if the rental rates go lower, no penalty to cancel.

Why should I book my Waikoloa car rental through Discount Hawaii Car Rental?

We have very competitive Waikoloa car rental rates with the major car rental companies located at the Kona Airport. We also have car companies located directly in Waikoloa, if you prefer to rent just for a day. We offer benefits that can include a free extra driver. Our great staff are available to answer your questions, and help you pick out the right Waikoloa rental car for your needs.

What types of vehicles are available for rent?

The car rentals in Waikoloa vary greatly, and renters can choose from several types of vehicles during their stay:

  • EVs, both pure electric and hybrids
  • Economy cars
  • Mid-size cars
  • SUVs
  • Vans
  • Pickup trucks
  • Convertibles
  • Luxury cars
  • Sport utility vehicles
  • So, no matter what kind of Waikoloa car rental you require, there’s a vehicle to fit your needs.

Are there any age restrictions for Waikoloa rental cars?

For our Waikoloa rental car services, drivers aged 20 to 24 are classified as underage and are subject to a young driver surcharge ranging from $25 to $35 daily. However, we offer these drivers discounted rates of $10 per day. Please note that young drivers may have restricted options in their Waikoloa Village car rental selections, limited to full-size vehicles or smaller. Conversely, drivers aged 25 and above will not face any additional age-related fees.

Can I add additional drivers?

Yes, and many of our Waikoloa car rental contracts allow for free additional drivers. For companies that do not offer free extra drivers, the cost is usually at least $13 per day plus tax. To add extra drivers, confirm that you and another driver will share the vehicle at pickup. The other driver must provide a valid driver's license and read and sign the appropriate paperwork.
Often, you can add spouses for free. Life partners qualify as spouses as long as the renters can verify they share the same address.

Can I rent a car in Waikoloa with a foreign driver's license?

Yes, the rental cars Waikoloa Hawaii offers are available to travelers from outside of the United States as long as the renter has a passport and driver’s license. If the license is not in English, the renter must present an International Driver’s License and their regular license to book a Waikoloa car rental.

What are the peak seasons on Waikoloa?

Peak tourist seasons are in November and July. Book your transportation a month or two in advance if you’re booking a Waikoloa car rental for your vacation. During the high tourist seasons, anticipate that any car rental in Waikoloa Village will be fully booked, underscoring the importance of early reservations to secure your preferred vehicle.

July marks the peak of summer vacation across the US, with schools nationwide on break despite some regional schedule variations. This period and November's mild and comfortable climate mean this is a popular travel time. However, if you plan your trip during quieter periods outside these peak tourist seasons, securing a car rental in Waikoloa should be easy, offering you the flexibility to explore at your leisure without the hassle of high-demand challenges.