Whether you're visiting for the first time or returning for another island escape, there are few better destinations in the Aloha State than Maui. Home to approximately 150,000 residents, Maui County remains a largely untouched paradise that can only truly be encompassed with the help of a reliable vehicle. We know you can taste that sweet pineapple already, so start the engine on your rental car in Maui and get ready for a truly otherwordly adventure!
Head into the clouds
When the weather's right, Haleakala National Park is the place to be. Park your Maui car rental at the base of the trailhead, and get ready to explore pink, orange and tanned swirls of ancient dormant cinder cones and volcanic bowls. Likened by some to feel more like a hike on the moon than one in Hawaii. If you're especially observant, you'll notice a number of plants, birds and insects, which are among the most rare in the world. Outdoor enthusiasts enlivened by the hikes in Haleakala can hop in their Maui rental car and drive to either the Kakahaia or Kealia Pond National Wild Refuges for more true adventures on the island.
Let the "uke" serenade you
Few sounds are more iconic to Hawaii than the melodic strums of a ukelele. At the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, you can set a beat to your Maui vacation with performances by many of Hawaii's top entertainers. Located just west of the Kahului Airport - one of two that serve the island - the center will open your ears to the sounds of slack key guitars, distinctly Hawaiian reggae artists and much more. If concerts aren't your style, you can enjoy a delightful hula or dance performance here as well, or engage in some world-class visual art pieces at the Schaefer International Gallery.
Refreshing pit stops
Although not a designated attraction, road trippers who've been out all day find the plethora of roadside stands to be one of their favorite parts of their visit. You shouldn't think twice about stopping your car rental in Maui to pick up a delicious papaya, succulent lychee, sweet mango or perfectly tart passion fruit. There are few tastier ways to indulge in the Maui vibe than with a sweet piece of local produce.
Whether you’re dreaming of soaking up the sun, sights and scents of Hawaii in a sporty, little convertible or planning a fun-filled family vacation in a minivan, sedan or roomy SUV, with Thrifty’s Maui rental cars, you’ll find the perfect way to cruise Hawaii’s second-largest island in style.
Best of all, when you book your Maui car rental online, you’ll always get our lowest price guaranteed. And when you sign up for the Blue Chip Express Rental Program®, you’ll also get faster counter service and one free day’s rental for every 16 days you rent with Thrifty.
If you need some inspiration for making the most of our Maui rental cars, below are just a few ideas to get you on the road to some serious fun:
- Hana Highway. For an experience of a lifetime, hop in your Maui car rental and take a drive on the legendary Road to Hana. This 68-mile-long stretch of Hawaii State Highways 36 and 360 connects Kahului with East Maui’s Hana. And as it curves and winds its way through this area of lush, tropical rainforest, there are plenty of turnouts where you can capture great shots of the Maui coastline or spend a few minutes simply taking in the view.
- Haleakalā National Park. An international biosphere reserve, this pristine park features the dormant Haleakalā Volcano (which you can summit), as well as the majestic Kipahulu coastal area.
- Old Lahaina Luau. After a day spent hiking, snorkeling or driving your Maui car rental through the island’s breathtaking landscape, relax and unwind at a fun-filled celebration of the island’s unique culture. Featuring traditional Hawaiian cuisine, music, cultural dances and demonstrations, the island’s rich history is revealed against the backdrop of the Pacific Ocean.
With these unforgettable destinations on your to-do list, planning your vacation in paradise is all but complete. So snap up your plane tickets, reserve one of our Maui rental cars and pack your bags!