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Car Rental Big Island

Book your favorite car for a Big Island trip

Your benefits when booking with Carrental-Hawaii

Rent a car on Big Island in 15 seconds!
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Founded in 1995, NKT Travel’s goal is to offer you the perfect car for your Big Island adventure. Located in the two biggest cities, Kona and Hilo, Car Rental Hawaii offers you a wide range of rental cars to discover the beautiful Island of Hawaii at your own pace. 

Having landed at Kona or Hilo airport, with our wide range of rental cars you can quickly start your Hawaiian adventure. Big Island — with its beautiful white, black and green sand beaches and its diverse flora and fauna — is perfect for discovering by car.

Enjoy our excellent customer service. Pay your rental car at pickup and if you should change your mind, there is no cancellation fee. We have negotiated great deals with the major car rental companies Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Thrifty, and Dollar — and are able to offer you the best deal.

Big Island Coast

Destinations / Airports on Big Island

Where is Hilo on Big Island?

Hilo (ITO)

Rental car pickup for all companies is at the respective kiosk located just outside the main entrance of the terminal across the street. Hilo International Airport occupies 1391 acres about two miles east of Hilo, on the eastern shore of the Island of Hawaii.

Where is Kona on Big Island?

Kona (KOA)

The rental company kiosks are located adjacent to the baggage claim area. No need to stand in line there if you already have a reservation. The free shuttles to the rental car lots are located just outside of the main entrance. Kona International Airport at Keahole occupies 3450 acres of land about seven miles northwest of Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii.

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Most roads are perfectly accessible without a 4x4 SUV. You can discover Big Island’s scenic car routes, the beautiful villages and towns, and the impressive beaches in any car from our range. We also offer you the choice of a Luxury car or a Convertible.

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Find the perfect rental car for exploring Big Island on your own. A Convertible is a great option for "open driving" along the coast line. A Midsize SUV is good for comfortable driving on the small roads.   

Plan your own individual sightseeing tours along the breathtakingly beautiful Hamakua Coast en route to Waimea and Waipio Valley.  


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We have the perfect rental cars for your family vacation. The cars from our Economy range perfectly accommodate two adults and two children. For large families, a Minivan or a Full-Size SUV is the perfect choice.

Map of Big Island

Discover Big Island

Hawaii's Big Island offers a host of activities to make your vacation memorable. It is the largest island of the United States and its roughly 200,000 inhabitants make up 14% of the population of the State of Hawaii. The official name of Big Island is "Island of Hawaii". It offers you 8 of the existing 13 climate zones in the world. The beaches are some of the most beautiful on earth — take full advantage of your rental car to get to the many snorkeling, diving, and fishing tours offered around the island and create incredible memories that will last for a lifetime. Big Island is the perfect destination for travelers that want to combine relaxing time at beaches and in nature along with cultural activities and real adventures like exploring a volcanic site. There are limitless options to experience your dream vacation and our rental cars offer you the ultimate freedom to roam.


Enjoy Big Island’s many scenic car routes and discover the beautiful landscapes. Climb the slopes of Mauna Loa Road Scenic Drive above the Kilauea Volcano or discover the beautiful coastline on the Kalapana–Kapoho road.


Hikers will love Hawaii’s Big Island. Whether you hike through the lush rainforest landscapes or discover Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island offers the perfect hike for everyone.


Big Island offers you a wide range of fantastic white, green and black sand beaches to discover and have a relaxing time. The black sand beaches consist of tiny lava fragments. These are also the beaches to go to if you want to spot turtles. 


The entirety of Big Island was formed by volcanic activity. With its three still-active volcanoes it offers you a glimpse into these powerful natural wonders. Kilauea Volcano, on the southeast side of the Big Island, is one of the most active on earth.


On the north side and the east side of Big Island, in its beautiful rainforests, you will find more waterfalls than you could possibly ever visit. Discover the spectacular 422-foot-tall Akaka Falls north of Hilo on the Big Island. 


In addition to its beautiful scenery and breathtaking nature, Big Island also offers you a lot of other places to discover. Imiloa Astronomy Center combines science with indigenous Hawaiian culture.


Discover the varied cuisine of Big Island from traditional Hawaiian dishes to a variety of Asian cuisines. Big Island is renowned for its cattle, seafood and vegetables. 


The shopping malls and stores of the capital Hilo offer you a wide range of shopping opportunities. The small towns of Holualoa and Hawi will win you over with their beautiful boutiques and art galleries.

Choose The Insurance When Renting a Car

Car Rental Hawaii is committed to obtaining the best possible deals for New Zealand travelers coming to Hawaii looking for renting a car. Certainly you start by choosing a car or car-size. But don’t forget to think about your personal insurance needs. We want to inform you about your insurance options so that you can make the appropriate choice when you decide to book a rental car. 

Our standard deals include Basic Insurance only — just enough to legally drive the car. This is because most Americans have their own car insurance covering their personal needs. If you rent the car with Basic Insurance and anything happens to the car or towards others, it is your liability. If you add insurance at the counter, it will cost up to $55 per day on top of the confirmed rate. 

We want to avoid this unpleasant experience and offer you a so-called Insurance Package Deal. This includes 100% Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and up to $1 million additional Liability Insurance (EP). Furthermore, you also get one additional driver and one free tank of gas (you pick up the car full and return it empty). Booking this Insurance Package Deal is mostly cheaper than the rate with no insurance included. A non-US driver’s license is needed to qualify for this deal!

We offer two ways to book a rental car with us:

  1. With Basic Insurance only: In this case, you are 100% liable for any damage to the vehicle or to third parties.
  2. With Additional Insurance included: CDW covers 100% with no excess; EP covers $1 million of third-party liability.

Planning Your Visit to Big Island

For Hawaii the same visa rules apply as for any visit to the USA. Make sure you have a valid driver’s license for the USA. It is rather warm and sunny in Hawaii most of the year, so pack lightly, but don’t forget some clothing for occasional rain. Whether you visit Hawaii on a cruise ship or come here by plane to one of the airports, car rental opportunities are always nearby.

There are so many books and websites and pictures you can use to help plan and prepare for your stay. You can either prepare your visit with a detailed plan which you follow, or "go with the flow" and on each new day freshly decide what you will do. In any case, it’s good to have a good overview of the Hawaiian Islands — Maui, Kauai, Oahu and Big Island — and what they offer. A rental car gives you the flexibility on each island to explore it freely and spontaneously as well as go on long trips.

5 Tips on planning a vacation on Big Island

  1. Big Island offers a huge variety of holiday destinations. Do you want to stay at a beach resort or do you prefer the independence of renting a condo? What is the main focus of your stay? If you plan on spending most days discovering the island by car, a beachfront house probably isn’t an absolute necessity.
  2. The large selection of hotels, resorts, vacation rentals and B&Bs will offer you the perfect place to spend your holiday. 
  3. It is always useful to plan your activities in advance, so that you can pick the perfect location from which to start your adventures. To get a more "up close and personal" taste of local life you can rent a car from any of the major car rental companies that Car Rental Hawaii works with — Hertz, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Thrifty, and Dollar — and take a drive around the lush paradise of the Big Island to the great local farmers' markets.
  4. Pick the rental car best suited for the trips that you have planned. If you are planning to go on a lot of off-road adventures, then our 4x4 cars are the perfect choice for you.
  5. But also don’t overplan things! Give yourself the chance to spontaneously go off the planned course and discover little, hidden gems. Our rental cars offer you this ultimate freedom!

FAQ Car Rental Hawaii

Once the car is confirmed, we’ll send you a confirmation email which contains the confirmation number as well as the final price. This price is not going to change unless you purchase additional services or upgrades.

Please note: Taxes are subject to change without notice. The government can add or raise taxes — however, we cannot take responsibility for any tax changes.

You will receive a personal confirmation number after we have placed the reservation for you. This number guarantees you the specified rental car. You can always call the rental car company directly to verify this information — but note: they can’t change or cancel your reservation over the phone. Since you booked on our site, their website doesn’t show the reservation. Nonetheless, it is present in the systems which the agencies and their call center access for various logistical purposes.

Once the car is confirmed (with a confirmation number), the reservation is guaranteed. So make sure that you have your reservation number ready when you approach the rental car agency for pick-up.

At our site you find cars in all sizes and from all rental agencies all over Hawaii. So, you don’t have to bother about which agency to choose — you simply select your dates and the car of your choice. We show you the cars available and their prices. You select the option you like best.

When you book the car on our site, we will need your email address. The following happens in the background:

  1. We make a binding reservation in the system of the rental agency for the car and the time that you chose.
  2. You get a confirmation via email — and the confirmation number entitles you to pick up the car at the rental agency at the selected pick-up location.
  3. You pay — at the rental car agency — the price we confirmed in the email (only taxes are "subject to change").
  4. If you want to change or cancel your reservation, you contact us.

So, you have the broadest selection of cars, the greatest flexibility of times and pick-up locations and drop-off locations, and you profit from our good prices. And you pay only when you actually pick up the car. And if you have any questions, you can always contact us.

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Big Island Car Rental Information

Island Big Island
Pickup Locations Kona International Airport (KOA), Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Car Types Economy, Compact, Midsize, Standard, Full-Size, Luxury, Premium, Midsize SUV, Standard SUV, Full-Size SUV, Minivan, Jeep Wrangler 4WD, Truck
Rental Locations 3
Airport Locations 2
Popular Agencies Dollar, Thrifty, Budget, Avis, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz
Average daily price $50/day
cheapest car price $35/day