Wailea Car Rentals
WAILEA - WATER OF THE LEA
Wailea is situated along the South Coast of Maui approx 17 miles due south from the Kahului airport (OGG). Wailea was historically a fishing settlement and its name loosely translates to “Water of Lea”.
Named in honor of the goddess of canoe-builders, story has it that Lea transformed the area into a thriving lush forest for birds. She would frequently fly over the territory to appreciate the beauty.
Prior to the introduction of cattle, generations of locals would live along the base of the Haleakala mountain range of Wailea where they would farm taro, sweet potatoes, sugar cane and sandalwood for trade.
It is now primarily a high end resort and condo community, which includes the prestigious Grand Wailea Resort, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Fairmont Kea Lani, Tommy Bahama, the Wailea Golf Club, Marriott Wailea Beach, Spago, Wailea Beach Villas, Polo Beach Club, and Destination Residences Hawaii.
These resorts occupy over 1,500-acres and are masterly planned, sprawling along Maui’s sunny leeward coast. Development has been guided by two important principles. A low density model with a strong community plan that preserves Maui’s island environment in all building projects.
Pleasantly landscaped roadways wind along award winning golf courses and various acclaimed eateries and shops. With beautiful beaches abound utilities are buried underground, so as not to disturb the breathtaking views. Wailea has been included in the list of the country’s top 100 Recreational & Residential Private Communities in America.
CHOOSING A RENTAL CAR FOR WAILEA
Most visitors, nearly 2 million yearly, will be arriving at the Kahului Airport. Rental car pick up is made easy due to the recently built, state of the art rental facility that hosts all of the best car rental agencies in Hawaii. This facility is accessed by a dedicated electric tram from outside of the baggage claim at the airport. As this is the primary entry point on the island there tends to be the broadest selection of discount rental cars often with the lowest rates.
Many traveling inter-island will be touching down at the Kapalua airport (JHM). This smaller, daytime only airport receives approximately 40,000 passengers yearly. Car rental suppliers service this airport as well but there are fewer options for cheap rental cars.
Some guests will not require a vehicle for their entire stay, but just sporadically, preferring to spend most of their time lounging in the immediate vicinity. For this instance there are a few Wailea discount car rental options at various Hotels.
To ensure the best Wailea car rental for you, we suggest considering your needs and reviewing current supplier car classes and discount pricing with us. Planned activities and parking conditions may affect your overall car type choice. It’s best to book your rental car before arriving at the airport, this will minimize anxiety at the counter upon arrival. In many cases, a convertible Mustang, Jeep Wrangler or a 7 passenger minivan are simply a must. Other times, an economy car will work.
Wailea is located at 20°41′24″N 156°26′21″W
Wailea’s beaches measure 3 times Waikiki in size.
Wailea is a 30 minute drive from Kahului airport.
Has a population of approximately 6000 residents
THINGS TO DO IN WAILEA
One of the most popular water activities in Wailea is snorkeling. This may be due to the crystal clear waters and supporting reefs that draw schools of exotic fish and Sea Turtles. Gentle, warm ocean conditions invite novice divers, surfers and paddle boarders alike.
You will be impressed with the shopping options that are within walking distance from the resorts. Purchasing opportunities range from upscale handbags, to trendy clothing and accessories, local souvenirs, and works of art. You just may end up needing another suitcase for your return home (they sell suitcases too!).
Restaurants and Sights
Whether you are craving a juicy burger, fresh Mediterranean cuisine or prefer to make your own meal the choices are ample. Many appreciate the professionally curated culinary and theatrical experience a Luau provides. After finishing a delicious meal, we suggest taking a stroll along the boardwalk while enjoying a rich coffee brewed from local beans or an exquisite sherbert crafted on site.
Car Rentals in Wailea FAQs
How can I make sure I find the best rate for my Wailea car rental?
We suggest making a reservation as soon as you have your flight details confirmed. Prices fluctuate so visiting our website periodically is important if you want to find the lowest current rate.
What are the requirements for renting a car?
Drivers must be at least 20 years of age. A valid driver’s license and credit card in the name of the driver will be required upon pick up. Debit cards may be accepted. Please check with the rental company, as each rental car company Wailea has different debit card policies.
Do I have to add insurance at the counter when I arrive?
The car rental company insurance you will be offered at pick up is optional. Just make sure you have checked with your own insurance company to be sure you have all the protection you need.
What if I need to change, cancel or extend my rental?
If you require a change of dates a new reservation will be required. You can cancel a vehicle reservation anytime with no penalty by accessing the detail tab in the confirmation email. If you already have the vehicle in your possession the supplier will need to be contacted directly to discuss changes.