From lush tropical jungles to picturesque beaches to desolate lava fields, Hawaii is a nature-lovers paradise. And to see the best of the islands, you need to go off the beaten path. The easiest way to do that is by picking up a campervan rental in Hawaii.
Instead of dropping hundreds on ocean-view hotel rooms, you get yourself a million-dollar view for just about $20 a night camping on a beach. You can’t beat that!
But how do you rent a campervan in Hawaii and what are the best options?
Where Can I Find Campervan and RV Rentals in Hawaii?
Hawaii has some incredible RV and campervan rental options. Depending on what island you are on, you can find everything from restored 1970’s VW campers and classic Hawaii-beach camper vans to modern, state-of-the-art RVs.
If you are planning on island hopping, why not try out a variety of options? Below we have broken down a couple of the best RV and campervan rentals on each of Hawaii’s main islands.
All rentals can be reserved through Outdoorsy, the Airbnb of campervan rentals. With Outdoorsy, you can rent directly from owners and keep yourself protected with insurance and professional customer support. Use the form below to search for RVs and campervans in Hawaii.
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How to Organize Campervan Hire in Hawaii
RV and campervan rental in Hawaii are actually quite easy. That’s because, for decades, campervans have been a quintessential part of Hawaii’s image. Surfers have been living out of their old VWs on the beaches of Hawaii for more than 50 years.
Likewise, today, Hawaii’s beaches and campgrounds feature everything from the classic campervans to modern RVs. As such, there are a number of companies with campervan or RV rental options in Hawaii.
While some companies rent own their vehicles, others provide Airbnb-type platforms for RV rentals by owner.
RV and campervan rentals in Hawaii are, typically, open to anyone with a driver’s license. International drivers are also welcome to rent, and most companies include basic insurance in the rental cost.
Many companies and owners will deliver your campervan or RV rental to you. But most companies will offer to meet you at the airport when you land or drive to meet you at a local campground, festival or similar location.
While renting a campervan or RV in Hawaii is relatively easy, it is good to keep a few things in mind.
For example, always rent from a legitimate company like Outdoorsy, and always make sure you are covered with adequate car insurance. Also, be sure to check the terms and conditions of each rental—some owners have restrictions on pets, locations, passengers, etc.
What’s the Difference Between RVs and Campervans?
If you’ve decided to rent a campervan or RV in Hawaii, above all, you need to decide whether you want an RV or campervan.
The terms RV, campervan and even motorhome are all used sort of interchangeably. But, they’re actually very different. There are some major differences to keep in mind when renting either an RV or a campervan in Hawaii.
- RVs or motorhomes refer to any type of vehicle used to drive and camp. Most often, though, the terms are used to describe large, “home-on-wheels” type vehicles. Most RVs have not only a bed but also a full kitchen set up, bathroom, living room, etc.
- Campervans, on the other hand, are usually much smaller. These vehicles fit a few of the “home-on-wheels” conveniences into a small, van-sized package.
When deciding between a campervan or RV rental in Hawaii, think about what you need.
Because RVs are larger, they usually have room for three or more people. They also have more of the conveniences of home. On the downside, they are also more expensive, harder to park and sometimes more difficult to drive.
Because campervans are smaller, they give you access to more camping areas, especially beachfront spots. They are also easier to drive and overall more popular in Hawaii for these reasons. They also tend to look a lot cooler!
As a downside, however, they usually don’t have full bathrooms.
What’s the Cost of Campervan Rentals in Hawaii?
Now that you’ve seen a bit of the value in renting an RV or campervan in Hawaii, you are probably wondering about price. Good news! Across the board, campervan and RV rentals in Hawaii are much cheaper than similar hotel or resort accommodations.
The RV or campervan owners set prices, which depend on size, the age of the vehicle, condition, etc. Larger and newer vehicles are, of course, more expensive.
Furthermore, price also varies a bit between the islands. The more popular Hawaii islands with more tourism (like Oahu and Maui), have slightly higher prices for RV and campervan rentals.
In general, the cost of your basic campervan rentals in Hawaii range from $80 per night to around $200 per night. Larger RV and motorhome rentals price out around $100 per night to up to $800 per night for classic, restored Airstreams.
Something else to keep in mind is the extra costs associated with renting an RV or campervan in Hawaii. There’s the cost of gas, drinking/bathing water for the vehicle, and campground fees. Most campgrounds in Hawaii are very affordable with prices usually between $10 and $20 per night.
Additionally, when renting a vehicle, just like when renting a hotel room, make sure you check the terms and rules. Some owners have a set mileage they allow per day and, if you go over it, you’ll have to pay an additional fee.
Campervan Rentals on Oahu
Home to Honolulu, the state capital and largest city in Hawaii, Oahu can be thought of as Hawaii’s main island (which is different than The Big Island!). If you want a road trip with lots of diversity, great food and modern conveniences, Oahu is a great choice.
In Oahu, these are a couple of the best RVs and campervans you can rent:
This Mercedes VIP luxury van has a great look, inside and out.
Perfect for anyone who loves their camping with a side of luxury, this van features a fully stocked kitchen, comfortable bed, and a full bathroom with a warm shower to top it all off.
You can also rent some extras from the owners if you need them, including beach chairs and a folding camp table. The campervan sleeps three comfortably.
Full kitchen and bathroom
The owners refer to this campervan as their custom-built disco spaceship, and it definitely has those vintage vibes.
Located in Honolulu, this campervan comes with a cushy 5-inch memory foam bed, hardwood flooring, a built-in sink, fridge, camp stove, and more. The solar panel with 4 ports for charging guarantees you’ll always be connected!
Added bonus: you’ll have towels and snorkel gear already handy when it’s time to hit up the beaches.
Camp stove, refrigerator, and cookware included
|Mileage||Unlimited mileage included|
The Margarida is a classic 1970 VW Westfalia camper van that will have you cruising around the coast and checking out surf spots in no time! It has a stove for cooking and a pop-top for star-gazing, and everything else you need to live comfortably on the go.
There are two comfy beds and a few extras included, like beach chairs and towels. Given Margarida’s old age, she doesn’t have power steering—you’ll need to use a little muscle, but it’s worth it.
|Amenities||Stove and cooler included|
Campervan Rentals on The Big Island, Hawaii
The Big Island is worth exploring in an RV or campervan, as well. With so much more to see (it is the BIG island, after all), having the ability to traverse the island on your own accord is ideal.
This Banyons Campervan sleeps four people but still has lots of room to stand up and walk around in—and there’s even a kitchen and bathroom onboard.
Other little luxuries include a back-up camera, TV, and A/C. The kitchen is spacious enough to cook full meals, and you’ll have all the cookware to go with it (plus a French press for awesome morning coffee).
On sunny days, put the awning out and enjoy the view. This is definitely a home away from home.
|Amenities||Full bathroom and outside shower|
This 2003 pop-top Volkswagen Westfalia sleeps four people despite the small space, so rent it as a couple or with a group of friends. There is also a small kitchen area and a two-burner stove, and lots of storage space to boot.
This rental has a classic look and is perfect for hauling surfboards or just cruising from beach to beach. There’s also an upgraded stereo, a solar panel and charger, and an outside shower.
Cruise around Big Island in comfort in your 2003 Ford E350 converted campervan! These wheels look simple, but the queen-sized foam mattress and its hardwood interior makes it feel like you’re truly glamping.
It also comes with a custom tarp awning over the van to cover you from the sun and rain while you BBQ, enjoy some beers, or if you’re simply starting your morning off with a cup of coffee.
|Amenities||Stove and cookware|
Heater and ceiling fan
|Mileage||100 miles included per day, $0.35/per mile of additional mileage|
Campervans and RV Rentals on Maui
When it comes to natural beauty, you can’t find much better than Maui. This Hawaiian island has been awarded a number of “Best Island in the World” titles. It’s also a great place for a road trip with the Hāna Highway as one of the best drives in the US.
The modern, luxury Winnebago Revel not only sleeps three but it also has a full kitchen with a refrigerator and cooktop, and a bathroom. With solar, on-demand hot water, a retractable awning, and a BBQ grill, you can camp literally anywhere.
The Revel also comes with a cooler for the beach, beach chairs, and black-out covers for the window. The owners have thought of everything!
|Amenities||A/C, heater, ceiling fan|
Bathroom with inside and outside shower
|Mileage||Unlimited mileage included|
Ready to see what Maui has to offer? This 2001 Westfalia Volkswagen is the weekender version, meaning it doesn’t have the usual built-in kitchen and closet space—instead, you get a large queen-sized bed and less cluttered space.
The pop-top also has a full-sized bed, complete with comfy memory foam topper. There are roof racks for all your adventure gear, a camp stove, and a small fridge. And if you need extra camping gear (even a tent), just ask the owners. They’re happy to accommodate.
|Amenities||Stove, dining table|
Imagine cruising the road to Hana with the top open on this luxurious Jeep Wrangler! With its 4×4 capabilities, you’ll be able to drive just about anywhere.
This Jeep Wrangler is equipped with a rooftop tent that only takes a few minutes to set up. There’s also a stove, A/C and heater, and all your bedding is included. Just because you’re tenting, doesn’t mean you’re roughing it.
|Amenities||Camp stove, cookware|
|Mileage||100 miles included per day, $0.35/per mile of additional mileage|
Campervans and RV Rentals on Kauai
Also known as the “Garden Island”, Kauai is one of Hawaii’s most lush and beautiful islands. Being a nature-lovers paradise, renting a campervan in Kauai is the best way to explore the Hawaiian jungles.
Enjoy a relaxing trip with Liza, the 1990 Volkswagen Westfalia. Inside you’ll find everything for your road trip, including a stove, sink, and pull-out dining table. The pop-up rooftop has another bed and unzips for a panoramic view.
For no extra fees, you’ll get some sweet add-ons like boogie boards, snorkeling gear, and even fishing equipment.
|Amenities||Stove and kitchen area|
If you want to do some glamping, the Kauai Panda is a great campervan rental option here. It sleeps two with an incredibly comfortable bed, plus you’ll get a stove, a custom sound system, and even an outside shower.
Some other fun additions include beach chairs, towels, a cooler, 2 LED headlamps, and a two-person tent. You’ll have the best time ever on Kauai in this rig!
If you want the best overland experience on Kauai, this 2018 Toyota Tacoma is it, with room for up to five people in the cab and rooftop tent. It has a selectable high and low geared four-wheel drive, Active Traction Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Crawl Control, Multi-Terrain Select, and more. Off-roading is no issue in this vehicle!
This rental also includes all the fun stuff, like camp chairs and a table, a cooler, a pour-over brewing cone, and more. You’ll have the best of all worlds, with off-roading experiences and a little bit of luxury.
Stove range and dining table
If you really want to get off the beaten path and see the best of Hawaii, then there is no better way to do this than by renting an RV or campervan.
Drive along Hawaii’s winding roads to see all the gorgeous landscapes of the islands. Find hidden little gems and secret beaches. And park each night to enjoy Hawaii’s numerous campgrounds.
Best of all, you’ll save money and are guaranteed an adventure. Isn’t that what Hawaii is all about?