Checking out Aulani – Disney’s new hotel and spa in Ko’Olina, Hawaii? Read on for details to make the transportation portion of the vacation a little easier.
So, are you booked and ready to go? If not get details on booking below. If you are all set, prepare to go on a vacation of a lifetime. Read below on some tips to be more prepared for the journey.
Aulani is not on the public transportation route in Waikiki. You will have to take either a private car, taxi or rent a car. The private car through Cloud 9 Limo will run you $239.90 round-trip to and from the property (as of the date of this writing.) The taxi is approximately $75 each way. The final option is the car rental. Something to consider however, you will have to pay $35 a day for parking if you are not a Disney Vacation Club member.
If you were planning on needing a car for part of your trip, there’s a way to minimize part of the expense. Utilize a one-way rental from Honolulu International Airport (HNL) to the hotel. As of the date of publishing, Alamo, the rental car company with a location at Aulani, is not offering the one-way rental. However, Hertz, does allow a one way rental. The drop off location is at the Marriott (JW Marriott Ihilani Ko Olina Resort & Spa) next door to Aulani.
A creative way to get to the hotel and be cost effective at the same time- get a one way rental from HNL to the Marriott. In route to the Marriott stop at Target on Rogers Blvd., and purchase the essentials for your room for the week- pop, bottled water, peanut butter, bread, bagels, cream cheese, other snacks, etc. If you did not check your luggage, buy your sun block from here as well. Then drop off your luggage at your hotel, and head on back and return the rental to the Marriott, thereby not incurring a parking charge at Aulani. They have late night returns up to 10 p.m. at this location. With some discounts, you can get a rental for about $95.00. And the savings you will have acquired by buying some items ahead of time, far exceeds the difference between the taxi and the rental.
Use a similar idea for the return trip to the airport. Most flights to the U.S. are in the evening, so, make the most of your day in Oahu. Again, obtain a rental from the Marriott (the price is a bit more going in this direction, with discounts it’s about $125.00.) The price will be worth it because you can use your car to do your sight-seeing. Pick up the car in the morning, swing over to Aulani and check out, then go see Pearl Harbor. It could take a good portion of the day. See whatever other sights on the island that are of interest to you- get some dinner, and then head off to the airport for your late evening flight. Obviously this tip works if you are staying at the Marriott as well.
If you want assistance, contact Christy at to assist you with making a reservation. It does not cost you any additional money to book with a travel agent and many times it can save you money. Happy Travels!
(Obviously, this tip works with travel to any location, apply it where you see fit.)