See the Garmin GPS navigation system in our rental car? That saved us tons of stress on our recent vacation to Oahu. Hawaii’s street names are in Hawaiian. So, basically street names are in a foreign language for most visitors. By using our Garmin, we were able to enter in our destination and let the system navigate through the foreign names for us.
I believe our portable GPS navigation system enabled us to see much more than we would if we had used a basic map to plan our sight-seeing course. Navigating solely by a map can become tedious over time and who wants to have their brain zapped while trying to enjoy the scenery?
Here’s a few tips for using a GPS navigation system in Hawaii:
- If you don’t already own a portable navigation system, most rental car companies will rent them for an additional fee. Also, check to see if your cell phone has navigation capabilities.
- Always, be sure and take your system with you when you leave the car. You don’t want to tempt a thief to break in the car. See more advice on protecting your valuables.
- You’ll most likely get the most benefit from a navigation system on Oahu, especially if you are staying in Honolulu. The other islands don’t have as many streets in comparison.
- Even though you’ll have a spiffy GPS with you, do bring a paper map along for back-up. Sometimes the system has trouble connecting to the satellite. Though it’s rare, sometimes navigation systems are wrong. So, it’s handy to have a map.
Have you used a GPS navigation system in Hawaii? How did it work for you?