Kauai Car Rental


No.1 Camping Company in Kauai


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Explore the Garden Isle with Kauai Car Rental

Car rental is a popular choice in Kauai. It allows you to explore the tropical island’s numerous beaches and scenic attractions at your own pace, granting you the freedom to discover hidden gems and breathtaking vistas around every corner. However, have you thought about renting a car with an added twist?

Kauai Car Rentals with an Added Twist

Kauai Rooftop Campers offers camp car rentals so you can fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Kauai. Our rooftop campers are equipped with a tent that you can prop on the roof of your car. This gives you the opportunity to elevate your camping experience, providing unparalleled views of Kauai’s stunning landscapes and the chance to sleep under the stars, surrounded by nature’s serenity.

Car Rental in Kauai: What We Offer

We are a leading car rental company in Kauai because we offer the following:

The car of your choice: We employ a fleet of camp cars and trucks, all designed to provide you with a bespoke camping experience. Whether you’re in need of a Jeep rental or a Toyota truck, we have you covered.

Flexibility: We’re flexible around your schedule. You can rent our cars for a minimum of 3 days and pick them up and drop them off at whatever time suits you. We also offer pick-up and drop-off to and from Lihue Airport.

Fully decked-out vehicles: Our rooftop campers have everything you need. From kitchen amenities to toiletries and even a queen-sized mattress. So you can have a spacious and serene sleep under the stars.

The Fine Print

Every rental agreement comes with fine print. We want to make sure nothing gets lost in translation, which is why our car rental is simple. All you need is the following:

  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Valid insurance
  • Drivers must be at least 25 years of age
  • If you’re travelling from abroad, a passport might be necessary.

And that’s it! Of course, if you would like to camp in popular areas like Hanalei Bay, Waimea Canyon, or Grand Canyon, you may need a camping permit.

Find us at the bustling Anahola Marketplace: 4523 Loane St, A-2 Anahola, Kauai, Hawaii 96703. Our cozy setup is your first step to a stellar holiday experience. Get in touch today to discuss your destination goals and how we can help you realize your dream getaway.

Whether it’s a scenic view from a cab or optimizing your budget with public transport, we’ve got you covered:


  • Direct Pickup: $75 flat fee, and our driver will fetch you right from the Lihue airport.
  • Rideshare: An Uber ride would cost you approximately $40.
  • Public Transit: The Kauai Bus drops you at Anahola bus station for $2. Just make sure you double-check the schedule.

Airport Logistics: Although we don’t offer vehicle pickups or drop-offs at the airport, we’ve got a convenient solution. For a flat fee of $150, we can handle your airport transportation both ways.

  • Standard Check-In: 3 pm. Need adjustments? Let’s talk.
  • Age Requirement: Preferably 25 years and up. Exceptions can be made.
  • Minimum Stay: Generally, a 3-night stay is required, but we’re open to working with your schedule.
  • Capacity: Four people max. Need more room? We offer an extra ground tent.
  • Family-Friendly: Got kids? Our additional ground tent is your friend.
  • Setting up the Tent: No sweat. We’ve got video tutorials to make you a pro.
  • Comfort Zone: Enjoy a three-inch memory foam mat for a good night’s sleep.
  • Surf’s Up: Rent surfboards, boogie boards, and fins for a nominal fee. Just give us a heads-up!

Your Tour Book: Receive an in-depth guide on the most sensational spots in Kauai.

Where to Camp: We recommend designated areas only, with camping permits, to keep things smooth.

Whether it’s a scenic view from a cab or optimizing your budget with public transport, we’ve got you covered:


  • Direct Pickup: $75 flat fee, and our driver will fetch you right from the Lihue airport.
  • Rideshare: An Uber ride would cost you approximately $40.
  • Public Transit: The Kauai Bus drops you at Anahola bus station for $2. Just make sure you double-check the schedule.

Airport Logistics: Although we don’t offer vehicle pickups or drop-offs at the airport, we’ve got a convenient solution. For a flat fee of $150, we can handle your airport transportation both ways.


Our Happy Clients!


Book A Car With Kauai Rooftop Campers

Car rental companies are dotted all over Kauai but there’s only one place to get a rooftop camper. Rent a car and visit Kauai with the unique experience offered by a rooftop camper. Contact us today to book your camp car!

Scott Kim
Scott Kim
Great experience with this company. They are very communicative and want to ensure you have a good trip and this is obvious with the lengths they go. The rental was in good condition. Jenni and Chantal were super friendly and would happily rent from them again!
Omaru Heras
Omaru Heras
My friend (first time camping) and I really enjoyed the approach that Kauai Rooftop Campers provide! Riding and camping on top of a 4Runner was outstanding. The setup system is quite easy and intuitive, Jeni (from Kauai Rooftop Campers) made sure we had all the info needed. We were able to interact with other campers who also were booking though Kauai Rooftop Campers, all of them seemed pleased with the experience! We had to rebook twice but everything went very well in the end. We had an issue with one of the State camping sites we booked for (Milloli´i beach) because we didn’t know Kauai, nevertheless, Jeni and Dona (Kumu Camp´s owner) were extremely helpful and very responsive. So, I would highly recommend Kauai Rooftop Campers! Additional notes and recommendations: We agree that Kumu Camp is a great spot to stay. There are Metal/Plastic/Glass bins for recycling (even a compost bin), so make sure you don’t dispose of those recyclables in the main garbage. Please be mindful, compact metal & plastic in order to improve space, time and resources. Don’t forget to leave every place better than you found it. We always had a container/bag at hand to collect the garbage at the camp, beaches, and other places. Microplastics and comercial tobacco butts are becoming a big issue everywhere! We advise you not to camp in Milloli´i beach unless you have access to a boat, and the time and the knowledge for an extreme adventure. NOTE: There isn’t that much info about that site out there. Blessings!!
Duc Dat Dang
Duc Dat Dang
Everything worked fine! Big thanks to the team!
Hanne Jespers
Hanne Jespers
As a family of 4, we combined a rooftop tent + ground tent, and it worked perfectly! The service from Kauai Rooftop Campers was excellent, they were really flexible (we even got an upgrade!) and they allowed us to store our excess luggage in their buildings for the duration of our trip. Jeni even came to us when there was a small issue, so nothing but compliments for the service we got! We stayed both at Kumu & at Koke'e state campground and had an abolute blast!
Manuel Glöckler
Manuel Glöckler
Beste Art Kauai zu erkunden. Wir hatten uns spontan dazu entschieden, da Hotel + Mietwagen schon sehr teuer sind. Buchung hat auch einen Tag for Antritt problemlos funktioniert! Hier bekommt man ein Camping Komplettpaket, alles was man braucht ist dabei. Man muss Camping plätze im voraus reservieren. Für County parks kostet das lediglich 3$ und für State parks 10$. Achtung, man kann nicht am selben Tag reservieren sondern immer nur ein Tag im voraus! Diese müsste man eig. ausdrucken oder zumindest downloaden, da es an manchen Locations kein Empfang gibt (haben wir gemacht wurden jedoch nie kontrolliert). Diese sind zum Teil auch an super coolen Orten, die auch nur mit einem Geländewagen erreichbar sind. Deshalb auch gut Essen und Trinken einkaufen, da es dort nichts zu kaufen gibt. Die Campingplätze haben oft lediglich eine Toilette mit fließendem Wasser (manchmal auch nur ein Plumpsklo). Für drei Personen sollte man schon um die 100$ pro Tag für Essen und Trinken einplanen. Komplette Küche ist dabei sodass man auch immer Essen zubereiten kann. Das Rooftop tent ist super bequeme und stabil (auch bei Orkanartigen Winden!). Aufbau ist auch super leicht. Leider ist es bei den meisten staatlichen Campingplätzen theoretisch "verboten", da man nicht mit dem Auto auf den Platz fahren kann. Es ist auch noch ein normales Zelt dabei, bei den abgelegen Plätzen im Westen hatte wir aber nie ein Problem einen guten Platz auch für das Rooftop tent zu finden. Alles in allem kann ich die Vermietung nur weiterempfehlen. Spezielle wenn man auch den Westen i.e. das Weimea Valley/off-road erkunden will. Man bekommt auch noch einen Tollen reise-guide physisch mit aktuellen Karten (manche off-road straßen fehlen leider auf Google maps) und digital auf Google maps (pins).
Ryan Jerome
Ryan Jerome
Camping on a Jeep Rubicon, that is an experience. We had a mega fun. The people from Kauai Rooftop Campers are extremely helpful and very friendly. They help with all questions. The next campground is Kumu Camping and is highly recommended. We will definitely come back again and book a Jeep Rubicon again.
Audrey Mesler
Audrey Mesler
Kauai Rooftop Campers was the perfect answer to camping on the island! Jeni and Jonathan are angels and I am looking forward to using them again once we’re back on the island!! 10/10 recommend!
Frank Lopez
Frank Lopez
Took a trip to Kauai for the weekend to Explore in an Overland Stye Toyota 4Runner! What a treat! We were able to explore the whole island in 3 days! Well, kinda… 3 days is not enough!! From Polihale to Ke’e Beach! The whole set up was perfect everything you need!! Everything! The check in process went smoothly, and Jeni explained everything very well, and the sent us all the info to our phones, so it was readily available!! You gotta do it!! There is so much to see and do!! We hiked a ton, and went to some really epic beaches!! They give you all the info you need to have an amazing time!!
Ted Gatsby
Ted Gatsby
Top! Die SUVs sind neu und das Equipment ist vollumfänglich. Alles, was es braucht.
Hannah Hancock
Hannah Hancock
This was my second time using Kauai Rooftop Campers. If you like camping in beautiful places, this is for you! Your vehicle comes equipped with lots of practical camping gear too. Ms. Jeni will probably get you checked in and she’s very helpful, and nice, and informative. I’ll be back!


We prefer to do business with clients who are 25 years and above due to our insurance coverage restrictions. Having said that, depending on your situation, whenever possible, we strive to be accommodating.

In case you are younger than 25 years, try contacting your insurer to see if you would be insured for rental vehicles, particularly for pick-up trucks, after which you can contact us.

Indeed! Please keep in mind that using our rooftop camping vehicles you’ll have to climb a little ladder. If this is a concern, we also offer an additional tent with every package which you can set up on the ground. This could be more comfortable for you and your young children.

The camping trucks sleep three people at most, though if there are more within your party, we do provide an extra tent, too. With this, we can easily fit up to 5 people. Each of our vehicles has 5 seatbelts.

Yes, we offer surfboards and boogie boards as well as fins on request for a small fee. Just let us know in advance if you want to rent one, so that we can add it to your booking and have it ready for you at departure.

Sure, each vehicle has a Kauai guidebook which details maps and information on the best spots to see & go camping on Kauai.

You may go to any beach, however, you can only put up your camp in official camping sites. This is the usual practice here on Kauai. We’ll provide you with a list of the ideal locations to check out and also to camp in. Please be aware that driving a vehicle on the beaches isn’t permitted on Kauai.

No, wild camping is not permitted in Kauai. You should only camp in specific areas with a valid camping permit. The charge is about $3 per night stay in most Kauai county campgrounds, but private camping grounds could be a bit more. One particular advantage of these camping grounds is that you will have complete access to amenities, like bathrooms, showers & picnic dining tables. Please be aware that if you decide to camp on the county camp sites, you are only allowed to set up the ground tent.

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  • Kōkeʻe State Park (need camping permit): Kokee Rd, Hwy 550, Kekaha, HI 96752
  • Sugi Grove Campground (need camping permit): Access from MohihiCamp 10 Road, starting 100 yards past Kōkeʻe State Park headquarters along Highway 550. Latitude 22.13 N, Longitude -159.622 W.
  • YMCA of Kaua’i (camping without a permit but reservation is required): 4477 Nuhou St, Lihue, HI 96766
  • Kumu Camp: Anahola Beach Retreat (camping without a permit but reservation is required): 4275 Poha Rd, Anahola, HI 96703
  • Camp Nau’e YMCA (camping without a permit but reservation is required): 7420 Kuhio Hwy, Hanalei, Kauai, HI 96714
  • Camp Slogget operated by YWCA Kaua’i in beautiful Koke’e State Park (camping without a permit but reservation is required): get directions from their web page https://ywcakauai.org/camp-sloggett
  • Camp Hale Koa – private campground in Koke’e State Park (camping without a permit but reservation is required): this is for larger groups only, for more info, please visit their website http://camphalekoa.com

It’s a better to obtain your Kauai camping license before your trip. For most private campsites, which we always recommend first, you can get your licenses online and also on-the-spot in the respective office.

If you choose to camp at a county campground and set up a ground tent, you may ask for permits by visiting the “County of Kauai Camping Information” webpage.

Up-front, the charges are $3 per night for nonresidents of Hawaii. Payment methods accepted with this application are cashier’s checks and money orders. However, it’s not absolutely necessary to book your camping licenses before your planned arrival. You could also obtain them at the different permit offices on the island, which is typically easier.

If you decide to stay at a state or private camping ground, both online and in person reservations are possible. Please note that if you choose to stay at a county campsite, mail-in applications are easy to submit, however it can take quite some time to obtain your permits. Permits can be obtained at the permit offices on Kauai upon arrival; in-person permits are given on-the-spot.

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