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 of dollars on ocean-view hotel rooms, you can get yourself a million-dollar view camping on a beach. You can’t beat that!
But how do you rent a campervan in Hawaii and what are the best options? I got you.
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.
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How to Organize Campervan Hire in Hawaii
RV and campervan rentals in Hawaii are actually quite easy! 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.
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 out their vehicles, others provide Airbnb-type platforms for RV rentals by owner.
RV and campervan rentals in Hawaii are pretty much 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. 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.
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In general, the cost of your basic campervan rentals in Hawaii range from $80 per night to around $300 per night. Larger RV and motorhome rentals price out around $150 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 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 conditions. 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.
These are a couple of the best RVs and campervans you can rent in Oahu:
1. Mercedes VIP “Freedom” Luxury Short Van
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
2. 1982 Volkswagen Westfalia
Located in Wahiawa, this retro VW campervan comes with a kitchen area, seating room, and comfortable sleeping space for up to four adults.
Travel around Oahu in style with this classic VW bus perfect for a small family or group of friends! It’s even pet friendly, and your Instagram feed will look like it’s out of a 70’s film during your travels!
|Amenities||Stove, sink, cooler, and cookware included|
3. 2015 Ford Transit Modern Luxury Campervan
This 2015 Ford Transit campervan will have you cruising around the coast and checking out surf spots with your friends in no time! It has a full kitchen for cooking, two sleep areas, a swivel seat with a work table, and everything else you need to live comfortably on the go.
There is plenty of storage for all of your crews stuff, and it even includes straps to store those surfboards.
Stove, refrigerator, and cookware
Hot water shower
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.
4. Banyons Campervan
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|
5. Braddah IZ Campervan
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.
6. 2017 Ram ProMaster
Cruise around Big Island in comfort in your 2017 Ram ProMaster converted campervan! These wheels look simple, but the full-sized foam mattress and its hardwood interior makes it feel like you’re truly glamping.
There is a ton of storage underneath the bed area for suitcases, beach toys, and more. You can even add on a bunch of fun toys for an extra charge, including a surf board, SUPs, boogie boards, and inner tubes!
|Amenities||Refrigerator and freezer, cookware, and camp stove|
Fresh linens & beach towel
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.
7. Suite Vans Luxury Camper
The modern, luxury Suite Vans Camper comfortably seats and sleeps two—the perfect way to explore Maui with your best friend or partner. It has a full kitchen with a refrigerator and cooktop, as well as a toilet.
Free on-the-go wifi is one of the best perks of this luxury van. It’s perfect for nomads needing to work on the road!
The van also comes with a beach towels, chairs, and an umbrella. The owners have thought of everything!
|Amenities||Free WiFi Access|
A/C and ceiling fan
Refrigerator, stovetop, and cookware
8. 2001 Volkswagen Westfalia Kapono
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|
9. 2012 Jeep Wrangler
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.
10. Liza, the 1992 Volkswagen Westfalia
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|
11. Jeep Wrangler with Rooftop Tent
If you want off-road capabilities and improved gas mileage, then a car camper may be the bet option for you! This Jeep Wrangler has seating for four and plenty of storage. The rooftop tent sleeps two, and an additional tent can sleep your other two passengers at your campground!
Plus you’ll get a stove with cookware, beach towels, chairs, a cooler, and 2 sleeping bags.
Camp stove, cooler, and cookware
Beach towels and chairs
12. “Big Blue” 2017 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
With a queen-sized bed and fresh sheets, pillows, and blankets, this campervan is the perfect couples getaway van (it even comes with 2 pairs of snorkel gear for your beach excursions)!
This van is fully stocked with everything you need for a true glamping experience. Located just 10 miles from the airport, this is the perfect easy option for your time on Kauai!
Stove, refrigerator, and sink
Boogie boards and SpikeBall set
|Mileage||100 miles included per day, $0.35/per mile of additional mileage|
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?