Have you always wanted to visit Hawaii but worried that it might be too expensive? Well, those days are gone because today we’re going to give you the tips and tricks you’ll need to save some money on your trip to the islands.
The first (and potentially biggest) way to save money on any trip is simple: book your flight and hotel room here on Skyscanner. Depending on the length of your vacation, you could easily save hundreds of dollars, or more!
Where you choose to stay during your time in the islands will make a big difference when it comes to how much money you’ll spend. Are you planning on staying right in the heart of Honolulu? How about staying on a smaller island? What about staying a little away from the city?
Like any big tourist destination, prices in Hawaii vary wildly based on proximity to attractions. The good thing is that the islands are relatively small, and taking a cab or a ride sharing service and staying away from the tourist-heavy areas could save you some big bucks! Also, an added bonus is that you will be able to see more of what Hawaii truly is as opposed to just the commercial side of things. If you book a hotel with a kitchen or kitchenette, the savings will only increase as you can buy local foods and cook rather than going out every night and spending money at restaurants. We recommend indulging in the pineapples as there’s just something about them when they are grown locally.
Excursions can be some of the most costly things people do in Hawaii. Tours, water sports, and more can really rack up the bills, and before you know it, you’ve blown your budget by your second night on the island. By planning excursions ahead of time, you can save 20-40%! Also, you can also research vendors online to see their reviews, ratings and prices. As with any tourist destination, paying "at the door," so to speak, often means paying more.
Another way to save money on excursions is to do things that don’t cost a lot of money. Hawaii is an absolute paradise, and a day spent hiking, on the beach or under a waterfall will be a memory that you’ll cherish forever. Hiking Diamondhead, for example, will reward you with some of the most breathtaking views on the planet. Be sure to pack water and snacks ahead of time and carry them to your destination of choice via a backpack. Buying these things in advance at a local grocer can save you a lot of money. Who wants to pay $5 for a bottle of water?
Many museums and attractions in Hawaii offer free entrance during certain times of the week / month, and outdoor art is prevalent throughout the islands. The memorial at Pearl Harbor, and the fireworks show on Friday nights at Hilton Hawaiian Village on Waikiki are also great… and free. Talk to the locals and staff at your lodging to get more tips of free options to check out during your visit.
Far and away, the best of Hawaii is actually free: the friendly locals, the beautiful sunsets, the amazing beaches and the verdant jungles. Don’t be sucked into the commercialized side of the island, take your time when you’re there to really enjoy every thing the islands have to offer. It can be a life changing experience; one you will never forget.
Did we miss any great ideas on how to enjoy Hawaii on a budget? If so, please let us know in the comments section or on social media!