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Discussion: Kona transportation ideas needed

Subject: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Teri d.

Written on: Saturday April 21, 2012

Message: To those of you who have made it to the Big Island, I need some advice. I finally made it to Kona on spring break and we fell in love with it, so much so that we're going back for two weeks this summer. I've trying to avoid completely bankrupting ourselves by working on transportation. (Just a compact car will be $600 for the two weeks; a larger vehicle could be almost double that.) We'll be taking bikes so we'll need to rent a large vehicle to get them to our condo. The other option would be to take a taxi or other transportation to the condo and then rent a car in town. Does anyone have some suggestions as to how to do this to save some bucks? Have any of you used a taxi or other transportation service in Kona, and if so, which one? Other recommendations?

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Paul B.

Written on: Saturday April 21, 2012

Message: DiscountHawaiiCarRentals.com

This site rocks!!

I thought about the option to have a van or taxi transport the bike then rent a smaller car to get around...but transport to/from airport is not cheap.
How about renting bikes in Kona? Several good bike shops....

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Teri d.

Written on: Sunday April 22, 2012

Message: Doc, THANK YOU!!!!!! They set me up with a car for $150.00 less than anything I was finding using Entertainment book or AAA discounts. That's amazing! It doesn't solve the bike issue since we still need to figure out how to get them to and from the airport, and I'm too cheap to rent a larger vehicle while we're there. With gas at $5.00 a gallon on the island, I want to go with a compact car. We're thinking of shipping the bikes over, probably to Bikeworks. Does anyone have some advice for that idea? We haven't ruled out renting either. I need to ride probably 4-5 times while we're there.

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Jim R.

Written on: Sunday April 22, 2012

Message: Have you priced shipping the bike?

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Teri d.

Written on: Sunday April 22, 2012

Message: So far, it's hideously expensive, but I've just check a couple of places. It would be cheaper to take them on the plane with us. It might be time to revise Clyde's thread on soft bike bags...

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Paul B.

Written on: Sunday April 22, 2012

Message: Teri,

Have you priced rentals? I mean, if you are going to race, definitely bring your bike. Training? rent. There are several bike shops, they rent good bikes.
If you are taking your bike, you will have to take it apart, pay for airline (research this in advance!), find a way to get it to the hotel, then reverse all of that on the way home.

If you need a soft side case, I bought a Biknd bag off ebay for $470 shipped. Or buy a case off Craigs List. Hard side cases are more bulky.

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Brad H.

Written on: Monday April 23, 2012

Message: How much do you have to pay for an extra piece of luggage? You could consider folding down a bike rack and using it on the back of your compact car. I have a Saris bike rack that is fairly light and fits quite a range of cars. Renting bikes might be the easiest route, then when you return you have the joy of being reunited with your own bike.

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Teri d.

Written on: Monday April 23, 2012

Message: I think I may have the problem solved. A friend of ours has two soft cases that she's willing to loan to us. The soft cases should be flexible enough that we can load them into a smaller car. Yes! I checked out renting bikes. To rent an all carbon bike would run about $60 a day, others are still at least $40 a day. I need to ride at least 4-5 days while we'll be there, as well as my husband, so double the rate. You get a discount if you rent for several days in a row but it's still a good chunk of change. We'll spend $100 round trip for each bike if we take them on the plane, so we're ahead of the game to just take our own, plus they're carbon fiber bikes that are fitted to us. If it was just one day, it might be different. At least Doc saved me $150 on the car rental; thank you again Doc!

Subject: RE: Kona transportation ideas needed

By: Paul B.

Written on: Tuesday April 24, 2012

Message: Teri,

My pleasure! 46-60/day is ridiculous!

If you haven't done it, you should do the Manta Ray dive or snorkel.
Also, if the lava is flowing into the ocean (it is not right now), you should go see that on the Hilo side.

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