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4-wheel drive on the Big Island?

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4-wheel drive on the Big Island?

We are going to be traveling to the Big Island this fall and are trying to decide if we should rent a 4-wheel drive as recommended by the tour book? Thanks for any advice!

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1. Re: 4-wheel drive on the Big Island?


It all depends on what you plan to do.....but, to get more answers, post on the "Island of Hawaii" forum. No need for 4WD here on O'ahu.



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2. Re: 4-wheel drive on the Big Island?

There are some wonderful out of the way places that 4WD is needed to access, but the vast majority of the island can be seen by a regular car. Also most car rental agencies tell you not to take the 4x4 off paved roads or you break the contract. I say then why am I renting a 4x4? Now if you don't get in trouble off road and need a tow then what they don't know, won't hurt them. But that is a big IF. I suggest renting a regular car for the whole trip and consider a one day rental of a 4x4. I remember Hawaiidan suggesting a local 4x4 rental company that lets you go off road.