Looking to possibly hiring a taxi at the cruise ship terminal to take us on a days tour. Does anyone know what they charge and if they did it would you recommend doing it to save time as opposed to renting a car (which you lose time when having to pick it up and drop it off at the airport. We are only in port from 8-5.
I don't recommend using a taxi. Public transportation is not the most frequent here and if you do hire a taxi it will cost you far more than renting a car. Whenever you're on the Big Island, renting a car should be on your itinerary unless you have friends who will shuttle you around! Most car rental agencies will pick you up at the port (which is currently under construction adding a new pier). If you only intend on visiting downtown Hilo's historic area, then a taxi is fine but just for pick ups and drop offs. If you have only 8 hours, The most you can see will be confined to the Hilo area (meaning no Volcano). The farthest would be Akaka Falls (11 miles north bound out of Hilo to Honomu, then another 8 miles on the rural road). Another set of falls popular with visitors are Umauma (14 miles outside Hilo) and Rainbow Falls (In the Hilo area toward the Kaumana district). Another few miles past that in the residential area is a Boiling Pots State Park - a unique river formation. Downtown Hilo is the oldest modern settlement on the island with roots in shipping and sugarcane. Lots of good food too!!
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