I highly recommend reserving a rental car for your stay on Kauai. The public transportation system is not geared toward visitors, therefore a rental car will really be the only way you can explore all of activities and beauty that Kauai has to offer. With a little bit of effort you can often find a great deal! Remember to keep checking back before your trip because car rental prices can and do fluctuate. You should always make sure you reserve a car as soon as you have confirmed your flights because there can be rental car shortages.
Here are a few options that you can explore while searching for a rental car:
This company makes contracts with several major rental car companies (such as Alamo, Avis, Enterprise, Budget, National, Thrifty, etc) in order to get you the best deal they can.
There are several bonuses when making a reservation with DHCR:
The "Book Your Own Car" option which allows you to receive an immediate quote. There are no fees to cancel a reservation with DHCR – though they do request you notify them. You can always keep one reservation while you search for a better deal.
Costco is yet another valuable resource for car rentals, however, this service is limited to only Costco Warehouse Members. Much like when reserving through Discount Hawaii Car Rental (above) there is no payment required to make a car rental reservation, nor is there a fee to cancel a reservation.
During your search on this website, remember to only select car rental agencies located at the Lihue Airport, not at the Kaua’i Marriott or the Hyatt. In addition, just so that you are aware, every price total listed when you search on Costco Travel’s website includes all taxes and fees.
Discount Hawaii Car Rental and Costco Travel often prove to give the best deals for rental cars, but you can certainly always try websites such as Orbitz or Priceline (including the Name Your Own Price® option). Remember to make yourself aware of all terms and conditions before you complete your reservation.