Car Hire in Akutan
There are no places to rent a car on Akutan Island, so if you’re looking for some wheels, you must rent a vehicle from an agency located the Alaskan mainland areas like Bethel, Dillingham, King Salmon, or Anchorage. You can then drive your car onto a ferry to Akutan. In Anchorage, you'll find an abundance of car hire agencies including Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Thrifty, and Enterprise. Choose from sedans of every size, as well as pickups, vans, minivans, sports utility vehicles and luxury vehicles.
Car Hire at Akutan Airport
Akutan Airport (KQA) is the airport serving Akutan Island. The Aleutian Chain ferry route takes off from the mainland at Homer and Seldovia and then makes several stops on various Aleutian islands before reaching Akutan. After that, it proceeds to its final stop at Dutch Harbour. This service runs every two weeks from May to September.
Driving in Akutan
While you may not be able to rent a car in Akutan, you will soon find many beautiful spots to explore in your rental car if you manage to get it onto the island at the right time. That's because a long-awaited Akutan Harbour Road is in the works. Akutan Village, however, is built without roads, using boardwalks instead for the purely pedestrian traffic. To drive anywhere in Alaska, you must hold a valid driver's license from your home state or country. All U.S. states, including Alaska, recognise valid foreign driver's licenses.
Parking in Akutan
Since you can't hire a car in Akutan or drive a car around Akutan just yet, the only place for you to park a car in Akutan is at the ferry terminal itself. The locals are working on the Harbour Road which, when completed, should connect the nearby islands. This is perfect if you plan to visit Akutan and the other smaller islands for the day or a short spell before heading off with your car rental from Akutan.
Where to Go and What to See in Akutan
After you're done exploring Akutan Island and the small fishing village that bears its name, you and your car rental can hop the ferry just 3 1/2 hours west to Dutch Harbour and drive around the region also known as Unalaska. Cold Harbour, one of the Fox Islands also reachable from the ferry terminal at Akutan, boasts a gorgeous 11-mile scenic drive to the Izembek Lagoon. There is also discussion about building a 27-mile scenic road connecting King Cove and the Cold Bay Airport. The various islands of Alaska have much to explore, and you'll want to take plenty of photographs.