First off, thanks for reading this! My fiance and I are trying to plan a 3 week honeymoon to Hawaii from July 8th to July 29th. We're hoping to stay a week on The Big Island, a week on Oahu, and end off with a week in Maui.
I was hoping to get a little bit of insight from people who have been :) I've been to see a travel agent but his prices seem to be on the high end, and we'd like to be as sensible as possible.
First off, is Hawaiian discount car rentals online the best and most affordable place to rent a car? Also, how much is overnight parking typically? On some islands we could use the car for the entire week, on Maui I feel like we wouldn't need it as much. Could we just wait to arrive and rent a car for a day or two from a nearby place?
Secondly, I was looking into a place to stay on the Big Island that's central, but I've read a lot of conflicting information between staying in Kailua-Kona or Hilo. We basically want beach time (because it's the beginning of our trip) but we also want to get out and see the sites. Does anyone have any recommendations? As for a budget, we'd like to keep it as low as we can, but it's also our honeymoon and so we want a nice place to stay - we're thinking of around $150/pn but we don't know if that's reasonable. I've read a lot about people renting condos for reasonable prices, and we certainly wouldn't mind cooking for ourselves during the trip to keep costs down.
As for Oahu, I'm assuming Wakiki is the place to be, but any suggestions with this place or Maui would be greatly appreciated.
For our Maui stay I would like something a bit nicer - it doesn't have to be grand, but we'd like to end off on a majestic beachfront note.
As for what we hope to be doing: historical sites, snorkeling, surfing, beach time, and volcanoing :)
Thank you SO much for reading!