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Volcanic coasts of Kona

Sun-dappled Kona

Kailua-Kona, or simply Kona, is the biggest city on The Big Island, and thanks to the mountains that block out tropical storms, the city is a famously dry, sunny paradise, even by Hawaii standards.

Hawaiian royalty once made their summer homes here, and you can still visit the wealth of historical and cultural sites in and around Kona to get a feel for the past. To really get to know the island, head out to the sparkling beaches, jungle-covered mountains, and stark volcanoes for the trademarks of a Big Island adventure.

Kona favorites

The Big Island is where beautiful scenery and culture converge, and Kona is within reach of it all.

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Huliheʻe Palace

Built out of lava rock in 1838, this unique palace of Hawaiian royalty represents the Westernized shift during the era, and showcases both European artifacts and spears from Kamehameha The Great.

Kahaluu Beach Park

Just on the outskirts of Kona, this beach is a well-known spot for snorkeling in the placid, shallow waters. It’s a sure thing that you’ll meet a sea turtle and schools of friendly fish.

Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

Learn about the history and culture of Native Hawaiians at this beachfront park, where you hike through a lava field to a black sand beach to explore tidepools and petroglyphs.

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Hit the road

Book a car in Kona to take in the Big Island at your pace. Make easy shifts between beachsides, resorts, lush valleys, to mountaintops and volcanoes. Safe travels!

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Jeep rental alternative near Kailua-Kona Airport

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Head into the heart of the island to Mauna Loa and Kilauea, two of the world’s most active volcanoes, to watch showers of sparks fly into the ocean off the craggy coastline.

Keaukaha Beach

It’s a gorgeous drive across the island to this black sand Hilo beach, where you can swim in spring-fed pools and snorkel with sea turtles.

Waipio Valley

This verdant, historic river valley is home to Hawaii’s longest waterfall, taro farms, and a dramatic vista from the 2,000-foot cliffs. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a herd of horses strolling Waipio Black Sand Beach at the end of the hike.

Recent reviews

Scott W.
Nissan Kicks 2021

Chad was awesome and the car was great. And an awesome deal compared to regular rental companies.

Scott W.
- January 16, 2022
Kenia H.
Honda CR-V 2018

Easy rental, first time using Turo and it was easier than any other rental agency! The car was perfect for my husband and I. Super economic and clean

Kenia H.
- April 15, 2022
Lance M.
Jeep Wrangler 2015

Awesome Jeep to get around the island. Great communication, easy pick up and drop off. This a Jeep and everything that comes with it. If you want a quiet/peaceful drive get it from the rental agency.

Lance M.
- April 9, 2022
STEPHANIE S.
Nissan Kicks 2021

Chase and the car were fantastic! Super easy to find and get a hold of Chase was on top of his game. We were able to fit three people and 7 bags into the vehicle with zero problems. Even with the high gas prices, we drove all over the island and had to fill the car up every other day, which I definitely would not complain about. When we come back to the island, which we will, we will definitely try and connect with Chase again, thank you so much for making our trip to the big island so easy and fun!

STEPHANIE S.
- June 1, 2022
Drew M.
Kia Niro 2021

Claude has been a great host. He was very accommodating throughout the entire trip. His car was comfortable, clean, reliable, and had great features including car play and a phone mount to make navigation easier. He was responsive to questions and made sure our trip went above our expectations. Hosts like Claude and Turo will always be my first choice over the antiquated car rental companies. I cannot say enough good things about my experience on this trip!

Drew M.
- June 12, 2022
Lindsey F.
Kia Soul 2021

We couldn’t be happier with our experience with Turo. The car was perfect and Daphne was awesome! The car had great gas mileage that was nice with gas prices right now. Pick up and drop off was a breeze. Thank you Daphne for being a great host.

Lindsey F.
- April 2, 2022
Aaron Lok Hin C.
BMW X3 2017

Joseph’s instructions to get the car and to return the car are the most detailed! Thank you for renting out your BMW at a good rate (better than car rental companies IMO). We will definitely rent from Joseph again if given the chance. Mahalo! 🤙🏼

Aaron Lok Hin C.
- May 25, 2022
Christian S.
Nissan Armada 2017

Tiare made our rental process very simple. Great experience. Thank you

Christian S.
- July 19, 2021
Joshua B.
Kia Niro 2019

This car was wonderful - super clean, easy pick up/drop off at the airport, and the hybrid gives you great mileage (helpful with Hawaii’s more expensive gas prices!). I would definitely book this car again!

Joshua B.
- April 20, 2021
Gilberto H.
Kia Niro 2021

Very accommodating and polite Jenny is an awesome person with a great car. Her new car is a hybrid so it helps with the Hawaii gas prices. I give my experience a true thumbs up.

Gilberto H.
- July 16, 2021
Christopher W.
Kia Soul 2021

Great car, friendly folks we rented from! We were very grateful to get a car at a time all the rental companies in the big island were booked up!

Christopher W.
- June 9, 2021
Christine B.
Kia Soul 2022

Incredible Communicator !!! Great customer care!!!

Christine B.
- February 19, 2022
Mollie F.
Jeep Wrangler 2015

Nick made this car rental process easy peasy and stress free. I appreciated the clear communication and not to mention the sweet ride! We loved venturing in the jeep and are already planning a trip back!

Mollie F.
- May 16, 2022
Douglas F.
Jeep Wrangler 2018

Picked up at the airport parking lot. Easier and faster than others in our party left waiting in line at the rental counter. The Jeep was spotless an in like new condition. Much more cargo space than expected, accommodated 4 large bags plus carryons.

Douglas F.
- June 25, 2021
Lauren P.
Subaru Forester 2022

The car was pristine! We had four people with luggage and it fit us all comfortably. It had all the new safety features and was a nice ride. The best part was how easy it was to get and return to the airport. Beats renting from a car rental agency. Highly recommend this vehicle.

Lauren P.
- January 19, 2022
Erin H.
Kia Soul 2021

This was our first time using Turo, and I may never use a rental agency again. It was so easy and Kalena and Jessica were extremely responsive and helpful. The car was just as advertised, very clean and no issues.

Erin H.
- July 7, 2021
John M.
Kia Soul 2021

Awesome car and service. Extremely clean and reliable. The vehicle was a hybrid and 30 mpg or better all the time. This is very important with the high gas prices on the island. January 2022 was around $4.65 per gallon. We used Uber for the quick drive to their property. Fast and easy drop off and return.

John M.
- January 31, 2022
D S.
Nissan Murano 2014

Everything went very smoothly with our rental of the 2014 Nissan Murano. The car was clean, ran w/no problems & was an excellent vehicle for getting all around the island—we covered a lot of ground, from Kona to Hilo to Pāhoa to Volcano and even Waikoloa. We are glad we decided to use Turo as the pick-up & drop-off with Kea was much faster & easier than with standard rental car companies.

D S.
- June 3, 2022
Pam H.
Kia Soul 2020

TK was a great host, and the car was in tip-top condition. He responded almost immediately to inquiries with kind, clear, helpful directions. This was my first experience with Turo, and I definitely preferred it over working with a rental agency. I would look for TK again if I were back in Hawaii.

Pam H.
- February 13, 2022
Jeffrey Y.
Jeep Cherokee 2021

It was our first Turo renting, and one of the best renting experiences we ever have, period. Watch-out the other professional rental companies, turo is coming strong. Joseph is very easy to work with, very accommodating, very informative, great communication, and professional. His car is a new 4x4, spacious, easy to drive around, which makes our trip one of the best we ever have

Jeffrey Y.
- December 5, 2021
Anna M.
Jeep Wrangler 2015

The jeep was great for going all over the island! We went up to the Maunakea summit, which a lot of rental companies and Turo owners don't allow. CJ was also great to work with, responding quickly to any questions and offering a lot of good tips for where to go and what to see!

Anna M.
- February 20, 2022
J F.
Kia Soul 2022

Last minute reservation accommodated by Emmanuel was perfect for our trip. So much better than ubering everywhere! The car was clean and in perfect condition. Good gas mileage too! Would totally rent again!

J F.
- June 13, 2022
Sahadevan P.
Jeep Renegade 2017

This was our first Turo rental. I think this Turo rental exceeded regular car rentals. One can find cars in Turo that are normally not available with rental car companies. Ryan's Jeep was totally clean and he had no restrictions like rental companies have. Ryan was very professional, friendly, courteous, his inventory is totally amazingly clean and all terrain performers. I think other Turo hosts can take Ryan as role model. Kudos Ryan. I'll rent again with you!!

Sahadevan P.
- August 26, 2021
Cindy W.
Kia Soul 2021

Super easy to work with. We set up pick up at both ends of the trip. Way faster and easier than regular rental car companies. Definitely would use again!!

Cindy W.
- August 4, 2021
Stuart R.
BMW X1 2018

My first Turo rental was fantastic. Communication with Jodie and her team was excellent as was the quality of the vehicle. I will never go back to the traditional rental car agency again.

Stuart R.
- March 16, 2022
David V.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2022

We had a blast on our trip. Jeep drove like a dream. Couldn’t ask for a better price experience

David V.
- June 19, 2022
Frank A.
Nissan Rogue 2016

We booked this 2016 Nissan Rogue, and it was the perfect vehicle for our party of three on 5-day trip. If you're visiting the Big Island and are planning to see as much as possible, then you need a car. The Rogue was easy to drive, park and jump in-and-out on our power sightseeing days. We own the exact same vehicle back at home. The cost to Turo this SUV was more than 50% less than renting a compact car from the cheapest rental car company. It gets great gas mileage! We drove about 550 miles and only had to fill it up twice - that's less than $100 spent on gas. It's a SUV with good leg room and plenty of space in the back for a cooler, backpacks, boogie boards and snorkel gear. The AC and short distance drives were great breaks from the heat/humidity. This Rogue has the interior floor mats, for the sand and mud (if you go hiking) - it helps keep the mess to a minimum. We also added the pre-paid cleaning fee to our rental, which was well worth it. We recommend selecting this vehicle and supporting this host with your reservation. Tips about driving on the island: • Respect the Rogue. It is not a sports car or for off road driving. BUT!! - It will comfortably get you and your passengers to any of the hundreds of tours, beaches, bays, activities, monuments, lookout points, restaurants, gardens, parks, or waterfalls to see/visit. • Respect the locals, and don't drive fast. Be patient. You will end up behind someone driving slow. It happened to us many times, but it was no big deal. We safely got to EVERY spot on our many lists. • Drive the speed limit. It is the "Big" Island, but you can drive across the middle from Kona-to-Hilo (less than 90 miles) in less than 1.5-2 hours. • Wake up early and get out the door. The best of the Big Island is seen during the day. Take it all in. There are interesting things to see and amazing views everywhere. • Pay attention while driving to each destination. Some of the roads are narrow with no guard rails.

Frank A.
- August 19, 2021
Bradley K.
Honda CR-V 2021

car worked perfectly for our trip to the big island. easy pick up and drop off. Jeff was very easy to work with and we saved some money which is always a bonus. Rather support Jeff than rental car companies in HI that get huge tax breaks.

Bradley K.
- March 17, 2022
Rex S.
Kia Soul 2021

Kalena and Jessica were great host and when we dropped the vehicle off they had just driven in. Kalena offered to drop off at the airport instead of having to get other transportation. The vehicle pick up is just a few miles from the airport but his generosity spoke volumes to us. The Kia drove very well and in good condition. We drove from one side of the island to the other and had no issues. Good on mileage which is great given gas prices in Hawaii. We did this at the last minute as the airport had no availability. Never heard of Toro until then but would definitely use again.

Rex S.
- February 25, 2022
Vanessa H.
Jeep Compass 2016

This was our first trip with Turo and it was great! Jenny was super flexible with our pick up time and the jeep was exactly what we needed to drive around Kona for the day! The car was clean and drove well everywhere.

Vanessa H.
- February 17, 2022
Cécile L.
Kia Niro 2022

Brand new and comfortable car. Good price. Helpful and flexible host. Mahalo!

Cécile L.
- June 1, 2022
Wade G.
Lexus GX 460 2017

Traci has a very nice Lexus SUV that I used for the week we visited Hawaii. Everything about the vehicle was perfect. Good, solid transportation that carried our group and luggage adequately. We even went over to Volcanoes National Park. Smooth running and dependable Lexus. I am very pleased with this rental

Wade G.
- June 4, 2022
Mallory H.
Hyundai Tucson 2016

This was a great car for our family vacation. Lisa was easy to communicate with and included boogie boards for us to use. Would definitely rent this car again!

Mallory H.
- June 24, 2022
Jemma B.
Toyota 4Runner 2005

This is an ideal 4 runner if you’re exploring the Big Island at it’s rawest. My family and I felt so content in this car. Only downfall was our little visitors (the ants) so if you’re traveling with food just make sure it’s sealed :) Thank you Jeffrey for allowing us to rent out your car. Mahalo ~

Jemma B.
- June 29, 2022
Lori S.
Jeep Grand Cherokee L 2021

We rented a new Grand Cherokee from Ryan during our family vacation to the big island of Hawaii. Ryan was fabulous to work with and very accommodating. The car was the perfect size for our family of 5. We absolutely loved our travels on the island in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Thanks Ryan!!

Lori S.
- June 13, 2022
Savannah P.
Subaru Crosstrek 2022

Patricia was so sweet and we absolutely loved the car! She was super accommodating with our last minute reservation as well. Such a nice, smooth ride to have around the island!

Savannah P.
- June 3, 2022
Erik S.
Kia Sportage 2016

Nice family that really wants to make your experience the best it can be. Rental Car companies are extremely expensive , if you can find a car at all. Met for pickup and drop off at the airport. The car ran smoothly and was reliable. Windows could not be rolled up from driver’s side, but other than that, the car was solid. This was our first time using Turo and we would do it again if rental cars are scarce. These are good people

Erik S.
- January 4, 2022
Ruoxi L.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

Really enjoyed exploring the Big Island in Anna's brand new Jeep. The pickup and dropoff were effortless. The Jeep was handed to us clean and with beach gears loaded. Anna was very responsive to all my questions and requests throughout the trip and also gave me great tips on where to go. The Jeep drove great with its new A/T tires (not the regular road tires you'll find on the Jeeps from rental companies). We were able to summit Mauna Kea, go down to Waipio Valley and visit green sand beach without any issues (We did ask for Anna's prior permission for driving the 4x4 only roads).

Ruoxi L.
- June 6, 2021
J F.
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 2021

This Jeep was the perfect addition to our Hawaii trip. We took it all over the island, and had a blast with the opening the roof. Tam was great with communication and very accommodating to our changing in times. She responded to any questions quickly and the Jeep was in great shape and very clean. Would definitely rent this vehicle again! Thank you!

J F.
- June 14, 2022
Eric B.
Jeep Wrangler 2013

William was a great host. He even played the role of ‘tour guide’ with excellent island adventure suggestions once we confirmed the rental. He was Very responsive and walked this first time Turo user through each step. The jeep was fantastic and just added to the island experience! Future hosts have a high bar to meet to compare with William!

Eric B.
- June 15, 2022
Sovithya N.
Ford Escape 2018

The car had AMAZING fuel economy and was very clean. Mahikenani was also very communicative and understanding throughout the whole rental period. Pick up and drop off was convenient. 10/10 for me!

Sovithya N.
- June 22, 2022
Оксана М.
BMW X3 2017

This was the best booking in my travel history. Usually I have a travel 3-4 times in years. I picked up the car across the street from the airport. Car was so much clean and looks like new car from dealership. Joe send me sent all the detailed instructions to my phone in 1 day before I came. He was ready to help at any moment and was very kind with me. I had great time on Island. Very comfortable car. Huge recommend

Оксана М.
- June 9, 2022
Mandy C.
Nissan Rogue 2017

Mike was great! Quick response, clear communication & precise instruction for pick up and during the rental. Pick up location was easy to find, he even offered extra items such as beach chairs & umbrellas if needed. Everything worked well in the car, spacious trunk space. The Nissan Rogue was smooth to drive and fuel efficient.

Mandy C.
- June 3, 2022
Vamsi Krishna S.
Jeep Renegade 2017

Ryan’s keep renegade was the perfect vehicle for this magical trip. It was able to handle everything we threw at it (within reasonable limits of what the contract allowed, of course). And it was supremely comfortable with excellent side and rear visibility and high ground clearance. It is also equipped with a very good GPS system. In particular, Waipio Valley and Mauna Kea were challenges that it handled splendidly. The low gear and downslope modes are intuitive and allowed us to drive with total confidence on sometimes harrowing roads. For a car of this type, the gas mpg was also quite good. Ryan himself was a wonderful and chill guy, who made us feel totally comfortable and welcome before, during and after the trip. He provided valuable tips about places to visit, and was totally up front and responsive during the trip, and gave us confidence that someone had our backs. We forgot to bring our tripod for astrophotogeaphy on Mauna Kea, and he stepped up with a very good tripod that he sold to us at a very reasonable price. On the last day when we were late for our flight, he even drove us to the airport!! A stand up guy all round and someone you can rent one of his excellent fleet of jeeps from with total confidence.

Vamsi Krishna S.
- October 11, 2021
Carina T.
Nissan Kicks 2021

Chad was the best communicator. Clear directions for pickup and drop off. Great car, clean and perfect for quick little trips around town!

Carina T.
- May 31, 2022
Christine B.
Jeep Wrangler 2012

Everyone involved with this rental was so kind, helpful and communicative. The Jeep was super clean and just what we needed to drive around exploring the big island. Highly recommend!!

Christine B.
- June 10, 2022
Kaitlin O.
Kia Sportage 2017

Everything was great with our rental. The vehicle was large enough to handle all our gear/luggage and yet compact enough to slip into those hard-to-find beach parking spots. Nick was super helpful and even helped us out with a ride back to our place after drop-off.

Kaitlin O.
- June 22, 2022
Manuel L.
Subaru Crosstrek 2021

John’s 2021 Crosstrek was the perfect vehicle for our family vacation on the Big Island. It has all the features we could have ever asked for an more! Airplay was useful to sync Google map directions to any destination on the island. This car is equipped with many safety features. The host was also very accommodating. He was very helpful on our last day before flying back home since our Uber couldn’t pick us up at drop-off at the hour we needed it. John really came to the rescue! I highly recommend paying the extra fee of picking up and dropping off at the airport. Thank you for a wonderful experience, John!

Manuel L.
- June 28, 2022
Jackie B.
Toyota Sequoia 2016

Anne’s Sequoia was perfect for our family’s needs. It had lots of storage room, was comfortable and everything worked well. We were very pleased and would rent from her again.

Jackie B.
- June 25, 2022
Michael C.
Nissan Kicks 2021

Chad was amazing… Great customer service and prompt responses. All of the reviews on Turo described his business to the tee. He made sure a vehicle was available for my wife and I at the airport since the previous renter extended their rental. He also gave us traveling tips and local spots to check out. I highly recommend his service.

Michael C.
- June 18, 2022
ALYSSA M.
Honda CR-V 2018

Great service, nice car. We will be contacting Nick for future Big Island rentals.

ALYSSA M.
- June 24, 2022
Peter P.
Chevrolet Equinox 2013

Perfect family vehicle for this island! Brandon was super mellow, I accidentally booked our trip from 12 am to 12 am but I I actually meant 12pm - 12pm and Brandon was communicative and professional about the mistake. He did not give me a hard time about the inconvenience. Brandon and I spoke a few times via text once I made the reservation. He did not bother us or make anything a hassle. He was responsive and the SUV was waiting for us as planned with no hiccups or surprises. We took the vehicle to the Hilo side one day a checked out a few water falls along the way. We could fit everything we needed and more. We used the USB to listen to music on our iPhones as there is both aux and usb jacks in the car. Pick up and drop off were both hassle free and I will be renting from Brandon next time we come to the island.

Peter P.
- January 9, 2022
Matt R.
Honda Pilot 2021

Jeff was an excellent communicator! Sent a lot of details about the pick up and drop off, along with some suggestions for activities. The SUV was GREAT (one of his two cars) for the group of 8 of us (we got two cars). Will definitely rent from Jeff again!

Matt R.
- June 13, 2022
Dave F.
Toyota 4Runner 2016

This was a great ride for our trip. It super clean and an all around great experience renting from Kea🤙

Dave F.
- June 1, 2022
Kyle L.
BMW X5 2022

Awesome host and a very comfortable car. Unni was incredibly flexible and easy to work with and car was better than expected. Best car to rent on the big island

Kyle L.
- June 15, 2022
Reuben E.
Toyota 4Runner 2018

Fernando was a super nice guy and extremely helpful. His super cherry lifted ‘Yota was pretty much our guardian angel, granting us safe passage throughout our big island trip of a lifetime! Rent with confidence!

Reuben E.
- June 19, 2022

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Best Kona driving roads

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Chain of Craters Road

Take this route at the Hawaii Volcano National Park in your Kona car rental alternative for glimpses of fresh lava flow, petroglyph sites, and the dramatic 4,000-foot drop from crater to coast.

Kalapana-Kapoho Road

Take Highway 137 in your Kona car rental alternative through tunnels of trees just off the Puna coast until Isaac Hale Beach Park, where the road was cut off by lava flow.

South Kona Coffee Loop

Head south in your Kona car rental alternative to pick up Highway 160 in Captain Cook and ribbon your way through the lush green forests where farmers grow coffee. Catch Highway 11 back up to town.

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