SUV or Jeep for the big island

Feb 12th, 2008, 08:53 AM
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SUV or Jeep for the big island


My wife and I are planning on going to the Big Island for a week in early April. Per Fodors website and other people we have talked to we should get a AWD or 4WD rental vehicle. We are debating whether to go with an SUV or Jeep. Any suggestions or comments? Thank you.

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Feb 12th, 2008, 09:08 AM
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You don't need either.
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Feb 12th, 2008, 09:37 AM
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We've always rented an intermediate-sized car on the BI and have had no problems.
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Feb 12th, 2008, 11:19 AM
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You don't need either. With the exception of Harper's Car Rental, you can't take a rental off road, up to Mauna Kea, down to Waipio, Green Sand Beach or Saddle Road.
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Feb 13th, 2008, 08:17 PM
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Thanks for the info!
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Feb 14th, 2008, 04:50 AM
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birajup: We have visited the Big Island three times and rented a small SUV each time. I have bad knees and it is easier for me to climb in and out of the SUV than a regular car. We have never needed the four wheel drive; we just go with the SUV for comfort.
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Feb 14th, 2008, 11:48 AM
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There are some really nice beaches on the Big Island that require driving over some rough road, but an SUV will do it unless you want to get really adventurous. (We have been to Kona 5 times for 3 weeks each and have explored LOTS of beaches!)

To find out about the hidden beaches, get the book called "The Big Island Revealed" (a bright blue paperback). It has the best info of any guidebook because the authors live there. It is great at rating all kinds of accommodations and activities. Well worth the purchase. We call it "the Bible" for the Big Island.
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