We’ve long been used to having the highest gas prices in the U.S., so we tend to get excited when prices fall. They’ve been hovering around $3 per gallon, and have even dipped below that mark on Oahu. And while this is great news for Hawaii commuters, it’s also good news for visitors who are trying to decide whether or not to rent a car during their Hawaii vacation.
With gas prices this low, it won’t break the bank to fill the rental and make a circle tour of Oahu, a trip to the Hawaii Volcanoes Observatories on the Big Island, or to the top of Haleakala on Maui. Most people have a detailed budget planned for their Hawaii vacation. Months ago, when gas prices were over $4 and close to $5 on the neighbor islands, it was discouraging for visitors who wanted to rent a vehicle but were put off by the prospect of dropping upwards of $60 to fill the tank.
The low price on gas makes long trips more accessible for visitors on a budget. And with modern, fuel-sipping vehicles, you won’t likely need to fill the tank more than once or twice during your stay. There are remote locations on each island that may be more attractive to visitors with gas prices this low.
On Oahu, Kaena Point State Park is as far from Waikiki as you can get. It is a protected natural reserve with many native plant and bird species, and the occasional lounging Hawaiian monk seal. On Maui, the Road to Hana is a 64-mile road that winds through 620 (!) serpentine curves and over 59 bridges, of which 46 are one lane only. On Kauai, Waimea Canyon’s remote and grandiose beauty winds for 18 miles into Kauai’s interior. On the Big Island, the Kohala Coast stretches for many miles and includes long coastal roads and high-altitude drives through teeming alpine forests. And it’s a couple-hour drive to the Mauna Kea Observatories Visitor Center.
The point being, low gas prices might just leave enough room in your vacation to rent a vehicle and go exploring. And remember that you don’t have to rent a vehicle for the duration of your holiday. With some careful planning, you can rent a car for just a day and have a road adventure in Paradise.
Hawaii residents are most benefitted by low gas prices, certainly, but visitors can reap the benefits, too.