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 renting an RV or campervan, which gives you access to tons of campgrounds.
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.
But how do you rent a campervan in Hawaii and what are the best options?
Renting an RV or campervan in Hawaii is 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 VW campervans 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 RV or campervan rental options in Hawaii. While some companies own their vehicles, others offer Airbnb-type services that let owners rent out their own vehicles.
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, though, 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 a 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.
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 campervans 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.
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:
If you need more space, the Forest River Forester has room for eight people to sleep! While campervan rentals are more popular in Hawaii, this RV is a better option for an extended road trip. The RV has five sleeping areas, and the master suite features a queen-sized bed. How’s that for home comforts?
There is also a full kitchen, bathroom, living room and dining area. The RV rental comes fully equipped with all home appliances, as well.
Type: Class C Starts at $89/night Pet-friendly Sleeps 8 people 50 miles included per day, $0.35/per mile of additional mileage
This 1992 GMC Vandura, nicknamed Vana, is simple but has everything you’d need. With a queen-sized bed and tinted windows for privacy, you shouldn’t have any problems getting a good night’s rest. There is also a ladder up to the roof where you can lay back and stargaze all night.
Something to note: Vana doesn’t have a kitchen or bathroom space. Thankfully though, most Hawaii campgrounds have great bathroom facilities and also BBQ areas.
Type: Campervan Starts at $130/night Airport dropoff available for an extra fee No smoking, no pets 150 miles included per day, $0.35/per mile of additional mileage
The owner says it best: “The ultimate in glamping!” There is something special about spending a night in an Airstream. With a classic design and also the best in modern conveniences, this trailer is a dream Hawaiian rental.
You will need to have a vehicle to tow the Airstream, or you can opt to have it delivered to your campground of choice. The Airstream features a pillow-top queen mattress, a full kitchen and a full bathroom.
Type: Trailer Starts at $750/night Festival friendly No smoking, no pets 3 night minimum Sleeps 2 people 250 miles included per day, $0.99/per mile of additional mileage
This throwback campervan rental will transport you to the Hawaii hippie days of the ’70s. The pop-top Westfalia sleeps four people despite the small space. Rent it as a couple or with a group of friends! There is also a small kitchen area and a burner stove.
This rental has a classic look and is perfect for hauling surfboards or just cruising from beach to beach.
Type: Campervan Starts at $90/night Festival friendly No smoking, no pets Sleeps 4 people 100 miles included per day, $0.35/per mile of additional mileage
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 Travato not only sleeps four but it also has a full bathroom and kitchen with refrigerator and cooktop. If you want to do some dry camping, this campervan rental option in Hawaii has everything you need. With solar on the roof, freshwater tanks, holding tanks, and a generator, you can camp literally anywhere.
The Travato also comes with a surfboard ready roof rack system and a two bike rack system on the rear doors. Therefore, it’s ideal for those of you active types.
Type: Class B Starts at $199/night No smoking, no pets 3 night minimum Sleeps 4 people Unlimited miles are included with this rental
Another campervan rental from Hawaii’s golden days, this 1975 VW has been beautifully restored. This 1975 Volkswagen Gypsea sleeps four adults with hardwood floors and custom wood cabinetry. There is a small ice box and stove top to serve as a kitchen. It’s a classic vehicle with no air conditioning. That shouldn’t be a problem though with Hawaii’s great weather!
Type: Campervan Starts at $175/night Must be 25 years old or older to rent No smoking, no pets 3 night minimum Sleeps 4 people Unlimited miles are included with this rental
This bright yellow camper is the perfect Hawaii rental if you want to show off. The VW campervan sleeps four and can seat up to six. Additionally, there is a small kitchen area with ice box and gas stove but no bathroom.
The owners are happy to include some hammocks as well, and don’t forget to ask about the ukulele!
Type: Campervan Starts at $160/night No smoking, no pets No unpaved roads Sleeps 4 people